Braves quotes after Sunday win over Pirates

**TIM HUDSON

On the day, returning from DL

“It felt great to be back. It was a tough game, well fought on both sides. It was great to come out on the good side of these close games. I felt good. I started off a little shaky but I felt like it ended well.”

On if felt like season opener

“No not really. I feel like I’ve got a few innings under my belt. There are a few things I need to improve on, with my quality of pitches and my location. All in all it’s heading in the right direction. It was a battle out there. Those guys battled me all day, but it was fun to go out there and compete. It was fun to go out there and be successful for the most part and give our team a chance to win.”

On the adrenaline of being in a major league game again

“It was nice. It was exciting. You’ve got the big stadium and the fans and major league hitters over there ready to try to knock it down your throat. It was fun. It’s great to be back and try to earn my paycheck.”

On the exchange with Eddings

“Let’s just say we had a disagreement. It is what it is. Everybody is out there trying to compete and try and win ballgames. I’m going to go out there and not back down from anything.”

On if umpire was confrontational

“Nah, I’ve probably done some things I shouldn’t have. (You looked at him, no?) I looked hard though. I never said anything. It is what it is. It’s over and done with. I stayed in the game. I was able to throw some pitches a little more over the plate and he was able to call some strikes. All’s well that ends well.”

On what was working

“My cutter was pretty good today. Nothing was great, but my cutter was pretty good, especially in on lefties. My location on my fastball wasn’t exactly how I wanted it but it was good enough. Between that and mixing in some curveballs and mixing in some splits, I was able to just keep them off-balance just enough and locate just enough. It wasn’t a great day from me stuff wise, but I feel like it’s a step better than it was last time out in my rehab start.”

On how his back feels

“It’s so much better than it was last year. It’s definitely much better than it was, no question about it.”

On the outing

“It was a good day for me just because I was able to go out there and compete and get out of some jams. Those guys were battling me all day. It was fun to get out there and compete with some big league hitters.”

**TYLER PASTORNICKY

On the ball that sailed over his head, second day in a row similar incident

“It’s tough because the back wall [the backstop] there is not very tall. It’s a short wall, so the seats start early, and it’s like a whole bunch of white [shirts]. I have to get low to see the ball off the bat. Up in this area it’s tough to see during the day; at night it’s tough too, but definitely during the day it’s tough to see.”

Did that make your RBI double two innings later feel even better?

“Yeah, definitely took some pressure off. Just kind of one of those things, it happened and you have to shrug it off and keep playing.”

On the Pirates

“They’ve got some good arms, that’s for sure. Coming out of the ‘pen, their starters … I haven’t seen a weak arm the whole series. You’ve got to grind at-bats.”

On winning without scoring big

“We haven’t been scoring a lot of runs lately, but it’s really important to win those games like that.”

On Hudson

“He made some good pitches when he needed to. I think the umpire was a little tough on him. Squeezing him. But he made some good pitches for us and gave us some good innings.”

**DAN UGGLA

On Hudson

“Any time you see Tim Hudson come back and pitch, you know he’s going to be a bulldog out there and battle. It’s his first start back, he’s still getting his feet back wet. He did a great job. They got a couple early, but he beared down and battled like he always does.”

On not cashing in opportunities, but getting enough runs to win

“It seems like we always play close games with these guys. They’ve got a good pitching staff, we’ve got a good, solid lineup. We had some opportunities last night as well, but they beared down when they needed to. Today we were able to grind some at-bats and get a few across, then turn it over to the bullpen and came away with a victory.”

How many game-winning RBIs have you had on walks?

[laughs] “Probably not many. I’m up there to hack, try to get two or three ribbies, rather than just one. But in that situation you’ve got to take anything you can get. If they’re going to walk you, you’ve got to try and let them walk you. In that situation I was able to foul a couple off and he ended up walking me.”

On Prado’s homer for two-run lead instead of one-run edge

“Any time you can get a couple of insurance runs they’re always huge. It takes a little bit of stress off guys coming in from the ‘pen. Gives them a little bit of breathing room.”

**MARTIN PRADO

On missing scoring opportunities but getting just enough runs to win

“First of all, their pitching staff – they’re good. They don’t give up in that situation where we’ve got the bases loaded. They make the pitch. We got good at-bats, but that’s one of those days where you’re going to take whatever they give you. He walked Uggla in that situation, so we knew from there that we had a pretty good shot to win the game.”

You looking to tack on an insurance run there?

“Not really. I saw the fastball right away. When he released that ball I recognized it and knew it was a pretty good pitch to hit. I put a good swing on it. I didn’t know the ball was hit hard enough to leave the field. But then I saw that it left the field and I felt good about it.”

“Everybody was pumped up. He is one of those guys who goes out there and performs and gives everything he has and gives us a chance to stay in the game. He kept us in the game. He’s a battle guy. We love to have him back.”

On being where Braves are record-wise with Hudson being out until now

“All the young guys have been doing great, man. They’re young, but at the same time they know what they’re doing, and they’re getting better and better. Now with Huddy back, I think they’re going to feel more comfortable and more confident about it. We all are. We’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing, having Huddy back and just hoping that JJ is coming back, too.”

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hudson

“I thought he was good. Obviously first time out, he gave us a great opportunity to win. He gave us five innings, he got out there first time in a while and probably not as sharp as he wanted to be. The base hits he was giving up were at least groundballs, balls through the hole, so you knew that ball was sinking. It was nice to see.”

On Pastornicky

“He’s swinging the bat and getting hot and giving you some tough at-bats when he does make an out. The more you see the young man the more comfortable he feels and he looks.”

On Pastornicky losing ball that sailed over his head in 2nd inning

“This is the second day in a row in a row that he’s [had trouble on a ball like that]. I’m no sure if he’s really quite [figured out] the background yet playing here. Because [Saturday] it was a night game and he kind of jumped and the ball knuckled on him. You may have to ask him that question, but it sure looked that way, like he never saw it coming off the bat.”

On good at-bats, making pitchers work

“I think we only struck out three times. We battled and got Correia deep in the pitch count. But competitive at-bats. We’re not sitting there just taking pitches. We’re going to swing in the strike zone. Freddie has a four-, five- or six-pitch at-bat every time he goes out there. It’s good to see. Throughout the lineup, one through eight, we’re going to battle and make you go to the bullpen.”

On the back end of Braves bullpen

“They’re good. And we can fit Durbin in there every once in a while and drop him into the sixth inning in case one of our starters doesn’t go [six or more]. That’s why we got him, that spot right there, bridges to O’Flaherty, Venters, Kimbrel and that group. Everybody’s pitching out of the bullpen great, knock on wood. Even the guys who come in and give you those middle innings, Livan and Cristhian, are pitching great.”

On Prado’s homer

“Any time you get a chance to add on runs, it’s big. It really is. Two runs [lead] takes the bunt away, takes the aggressiveness away from the other team. They’re less likely to do stuff when you’ve got a two-run lead or a three-run lead instead of a one-run lead. So it was nice to see that. We had a chance to add on some more in that inning but we didn’t do it. We had a chance to put a crooked number up but we put up four 1’s. But that’s OK. We shook hands [after a win]. Enjoy today and come out tomorrow.”

On the Pirates’ run in ninth (Braves argued that it hit Garrett Jones’ foot and shouldn’t have been wild pitch)

“Coming in here and looking at the replay, it did [hit him in the foot]. But it’s a tough play, because the umpire sees the swing go through and hears something… He went and checked with the other three guys and they didn’t see it.”

32 comments Add your comment

My Thoughts

April 29th, 2012
6:35 pm

banjobrave

April 29th, 2012
6:36 pm

FIRST! Go Braves. These are the games we found ways to lose in September last year looks like the Nats are going to lose today also

My Thoughts

April 29th, 2012
6:36 pm

Keep up the good work we need a catch phrase how about Never say Never !!!!

Runner-

April 29th, 2012
6:40 pm

Nice win, let’s hope JJ comes back soon. Also, what’s up with Fredi asking the media to ask Pastornicky why he lost that ball? Does he not talk to his own players? He doesn’t seem like a player’s manager at all, and his iffy decisions sometimes make me wonder.

I sure have a feeling that the Braves are currently winning in ’spite’ of Fredi…

My Thoughts

April 29th, 2012
6:40 pm

Second idea Yes we Cann !!!!!

My Thoughts

April 29th, 2012
6:59 pm

Fredi is an idiot. Has no spine will not stand up for his players like Bobby did Should have defended Tyler instead of putting unneeded pressure on the kid !!!!!! Tylers explanation makes more sense than Fredi could have made if he studies an excuse book for a week Jerk

Tweet

April 29th, 2012
7:02 pm

Braves are in first place

bobbymahlon

April 29th, 2012
7:37 pm

What about Simmons getting four hits today and raising his average to .321.

John in Wichita

April 29th, 2012
7:59 pm

Championships aren’t won in April, but you sure have to like the way these guys shrugged off the first 4 games and got out of the cycle of answering questions about the hangover from September. Keep it going, guys.

My Thoughts

April 29th, 2012
8:46 pm

I am SICK AND TIRED of these umpires that seem to have their attitudes and bait players over and over not being held accountable for their actions. Ripping off the mask storming around catcher and pointing and yelling at picthers just cause they dont like the way the “LOOK” at home plate !!! Cant wait one day for a player provoked take action and see what LEGALLY will be done !!

My Thoughts

April 29th, 2012
8:51 pm

I remember years ago Ryan Klesko toook a called third strike turned his back and walked to the dugout. The umpire ripped off his mask and walked behind him almost to the dugout vocally yelling and taunting him all the way. What if Ryan snapped and took a left hand swing and clocked him cause he had been baited ??? We know the answer and the ump would get off scott free.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 29th, 2012
9:55 pm

D Lowe 4-1. Of course where would we put him.

Wes Jorga

April 29th, 2012
9:57 pm

Simmons is on a tear and so is Gattis. Je leads the organization in BA, rbi’s, hr’s at .382 , 30, and 9. He is trying out LF, but was the organizations pick for top catcher last year. With Bethancourt in AA Gattis may arrive ther in OF soon.

Ralph

April 29th, 2012
10:06 pm

Why is it no other short stops have a problem seeing the line drives off the bat, is it because he is too short, needs special glasses, we can’t have that kind of defense.

Ralph

April 29th, 2012
10:11 pm

They need to move Simmons up to AAA, possibly later bring him up and replace Wilson and re-new the competition between Pastor and Simmons and the loser gets the back up job.

bustersonly

April 29th, 2012
10:13 pm

True Ralph, Simmons is too good for AA ball.

Lobosolo

April 29th, 2012
10:14 pm

My Thoughts and Runner-, you’re both so stinking wrong… Fredi is doing a hell of a job… they are a couple of games from the best record in the majors… he’s been pulling the strings well and I’ll guarantee you the players (who, believe it or not, carry a lot more weight than you do) have a totally different opinion about how Fredi feels about them and the job he is doing… it must be a real chore to watch a baseball game for the both of youse… Way to go, Bravos!! Tied for 1st!!! I’ll bet these yah-bo armchairs think they’d be even better if only they were managing… What a bunch of knuckleheads….

Going for their 6th series in a row tomorrow, armchairs…. it’s getting to be where y’all won’t have anything to cry about, though I’m sure you’ll pound your feeble whiney heads to find something!

Lobosolo

April 29th, 2012
10:16 pm

Ralph, your luster is so…. matte…. what a genius!

Ken Stallings

April 29th, 2012
10:26 pm

MLB needs to fine Eddings for the confrontation that he provoked. No umpire should be the first one shouting to a player, and looks are inconsequential. Hudson did absolutely nothing that overtly showed up the umpire — not even show his back to him, which from 60 feet away cannot even rationally be considered showing the umpire up.

Eddings has a short fuse and often starts confrontations. Braves announcer Joe Simpson almost immediately referenced a situation a few years back where Eddings was grinding on a Braves pitcher without letup and finally Estrada took off his own mask, turned around, and started yelling at Eddings — just chewing him out for constantly trying to goad the Braves pitcher into something Eddings could use to toss him.

Eddings instead tossed Estrada and Bobby Cox got heaved also. It was uncalled for conduct by Eddings then and also was today.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

April 29th, 2012
10:36 pm

Eddings is unprofessional, that is why I never wager on games he calls. Oh the irony……

Mitchell

April 30th, 2012
12:57 am

First place baby.

We’re in first. And it only took going 14-4.

And we’re actually only tied for first.

But it’s still first. Perhaps not for long because the Nationals look really freakin’ good and are probably better than us and will probably win the division even though they haven’t had a winning record since 1994.

But it’s still first.

BierBreth

April 30th, 2012
1:31 am

Has anyone noticed that Derek Lowe is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA? Figures…

reckingball

April 30th, 2012
1:37 am

Braves have a better chance of winning the division, than the Nationals.
The Braves look a lot better than the Nationals.
Roll on Braves!

Darryl Blackberry

April 30th, 2012
7:15 am

Nats are overrated; Braves are underrated. I expect both teams will make it into the postseason, though.

And, yes, Derek Lowe is making the Braves look bad here. What a mean man.

Bart

April 30th, 2012
8:39 am

A pattern I have noticed: Get a DUI, get traded. Furcal, Lowe, and look for Martinez next year.

Tim381

April 30th, 2012
9:26 am

I tuned into MLB network just to watch them show the last pitch by Kimbrel and instead of complimenting Craig on a great nasty pitch, Pleasack or whatever his name is said, “That’s not Fair”. Talk about northern media bias. Whatever they do, they’re not going to compliment one of our guys for getting out of jam!! Tonight, it’s time to take 3 out of 4 from the Pirates, then bring on the Phils….

southern hope

April 30th, 2012
9:30 am

Mitchell, I like your logic!

Cory

April 30th, 2012
12:00 pm

The Nationals just got swept by the Dodgers (remember when the Braves took 2-of-3 from the Dodgers?). Through April, the Braves look pretty good though. 5th starter may be a problem all year…

The Phils are in last, but they still have to be considered the team to beat especially with Howard on his way back. Nice getting a good lead on them in April though.

alex

April 30th, 2012
2:20 pm

@lobo:”matte”——– sheesh…..

bostonbravo

April 30th, 2012
5:21 pm

Ok we all agree. We’re doing well. Now’s a great time to fire Fredi. :> )

Ken Stallings

May 1st, 2012
1:34 pm

Folks, the “that’s not fair” refrain is paying a pitcher the ultimate compliment! It is the baseball way of saying a pitcher has excellent movement and location on his pitch, making it unhittable!

Ken Stallings

May 1st, 2012
1:35 pm

BTW: Mike Pleasac pitched at NC State University — you know, the one in Raleigh, North Carolina! So, he very much has a southern heritage even though he was recruited from a northeastern high school.

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