Braves quotes after Thursday’s 4-0 loss to Phillies

Rogers and Vivlamore reporting from Turner Field.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez

On Delgado: “He deserved a better fate than what he got. The only ball they hit hard for me was the home run. He pitched great. He gave us every opportunity to win the ball game and we didn’t. And Blanton did a nice job for them.”

On keeping the bullpen rested: “You can’t ask for anything more. I guess the only thing you can ask for is a complete game shutout. But he did his part. He really did. I feel bad he goes out and gives you that performance. Most nights with our offense you give up two runs you’ve got a real good chance to win the ballgame. He matched up with Blanton who was a little bit better….He knew exactly what to do and he did it, he gave it to us.”

On getting his offspeed pitches over: “He did everything. He threw both change-ups and curveballs for strikes. His fastball command was good. He did a terrific job. That’s the longest he’s gone in his major league career. That’s a good stepping stone for the next one.”

On offensive struggles: “I think maybe today, maybe you’ve got to tip your hat. Blanton, three-hit shutout. We weren’t as patient as we had been in the past, the last couple series so, maybe it was just a matter of him throwing strikes first pitches, and we got aggressive.”

Randall Delgado

On how he felt: “I felt a little bit more comfortable today.”

On what was working: “I tried to [concentrate more]. I tried to do what I do in the bullpen.”

On going deep into the game: “Yes. I thought that. I try to be the same each day.”

David Ross

On Delgado: “The guy is young. When you have a young pitching staff you are going to take some bumps and they are going to be inconsistent. That is why the guys that go out there and are consistent every day get paid a lot of money. He has great stuff. It’s just when you are young like that you are going to have inconsistencies. … He threw the ball well. It just stinks we couldn’t get a win for him.”

On adjustments made by Delgado: “He just threw more strikes. He pounded the strike zone. In his last start he was ball one, ball two. He was getting in hitter’s counts and then it’s tough because you have to be a little finer, you just can’t throw the ball down the middle. He pounded the strike zone. He got his breaking stuff over when he needed to. He threw good change-ups. He was aggressive. He just kept guys off base.”

Dan Uggla

On offensive woes: “Any time you have an extra-inning ball game and a noon game the next day, you are probably not going to do the same thing. Blanton went out there and pitched as well as I’ve ever seen him pitch. Delgado battled but we couldn’t get anything going.

On Delgado: He had a big inning in Arizona but bounced back, shut them down and gave us a chance. He struggled his last outing but came back today and did everything he needed to do. He gave us a chance to win but we couldn’t get anything going today.”

On road trip: “We are excited to get to Colorado and strap it on with them. We’ve got some tough teams coming up. St. Louis is playing real well. We are looking forward to it.”

“Ten-day road trips tend to get a little long toward the end so it’s good to have them at the beginning of the season when you are fresh. We’ve been playing pretty well on the road.”

65 comments Add your comment

Ritz

May 3rd, 2012
3:59 pm

Freeman back in Colorado. Good times.

Runner-

May 3rd, 2012
4:02 pm

Seriously? Shut out by Blanton? Get it together already…

chc4

May 3rd, 2012
4:08 pm

Tip your cap Fredi.

ernisTbass

May 3rd, 2012
4:10 pm

They ate our lunch again, hope there is some snacks on the plane

Dango

May 3rd, 2012
4:12 pm

Someone should keep count of how many times Fredi tips his hat/cap.

Formul8or

May 3rd, 2012
4:14 pm

Stop tipping your hat so much Fredi, we got embarrassed

the cap tipper

May 3rd, 2012
4:16 pm

I have worn out my cap bill

SMOLTZ 29

May 3rd, 2012
4:21 pm

Reality check- The Phillies own us at Turner Field- end of story! Joe Blanton spins an 88 pitch gem, ala Maddux! The only momentum in baseball is the next day’s starting pitcher. LOOK IT UP

Cap: Where's My Tip

May 3rd, 2012
4:24 pm

in 15 home games this year, the Rockies have scored 5 or more runs 11 times.

Braves need to bring their bats to Colorado if they don’t want to lose back to back series

JAFO

May 3rd, 2012
4:29 pm

When is fg cap tip bobblehead night?

Mister Frisky

May 3rd, 2012
4:30 pm

Tip your cap Fredi.Nice home stand.

Supes

May 3rd, 2012
4:44 pm

I know “today” wasn’t all Delgado’s fault with the team loss, but check the team record with wins and losses in games that he is pitching…that says it all.

Burl Ives

May 3rd, 2012
4:52 pm

You folks just need to watch the Braves postgame show where everything is peaches and cream–even after a loss. I especially enjoy the one Twitter post they share (after the female “spent all day with the fans”) It is always a cheery and positive one…even if a small plane crashed into the Braves dugout.

bobhill

May 3rd, 2012
4:54 pm

Looks like Fredi’s biggest challenge is to convince the team that they can win without Chipper in there. ‘Cause, right now, they’re on four flat tires when he takes a day off.

brave

May 3rd, 2012
5:00 pm

Braves bats will be rocking in the Rockies. Everyone is going to be going yard. We had three balls hit today that would be no doubters at Coors Field. I’m expecting the offense to step up in a hitter friendly park. Let’s hope Huddy’s sinker is working in his return.

Mister Frisky

May 3rd, 2012
5:07 pm

DOB,Braves record when Chipper not in starting line up?Thanks.

Larry

May 3rd, 2012
5:22 pm

Fredi Gonzalez: “These are the type of games I haven’t a clue how to manage. Now I can manage pretty well when we are getting a shutout pitching performance or a barrage of hits and home runs, but for the life of me I don’t know what to do when the game requires thinking too much. Can anyone offer me some suggestions? I’m utterly clueless!”

NickGranite

May 3rd, 2012
5:43 pm

“We weren’t as patient as we had been in the past”

That’s the understatment of the year. Refund those tickets, they were batting like everyone had a wife in labor.

Mr. Enigma

May 3rd, 2012
5:44 pm

Mister Frisky: Braves are now 4-9 when Chipper doesn’t play. 11-2 when he does.

While this is only the second series loss of the season, make no mistake. This was a completely pathetic effort by the offense after the heroics last night. No one looked like they had a plan at the plate whatsoever. Everyone just went up there hacking at the first pitch like Larry Parrish was back. A complete game with 88 pitches? Give me a break. They made Joe Blanton look like Greg Maddux.

Delgado gave them a fantastic effort (after getting warm to come in the game last night) and they squandered it.

Here’s Blanton’s pitch counts by inning: 17, 11, 10, 8, 15, 7, 7, 8, 6. It’s like everyone just gave up halfway through.

Pathetic. Even more pathetic? Blanton only had to throw at least 5 pitches to 5 batters the entire game (Bourn x2, Freeman, Francisco, Ross).

6 first-pitch outs (Prado x2, Uggla, Delgado, Heyward, Freeman).

13 hitters (out of 30) went to the plate and either swung through a pitch, fouled a pitch, or made an out on the first pitch. THIRTEEN.

Oh yeah, no walks either. Zero. Bourn drew a 3-ball count twice today. Everyone else? Zilch.

Bourn looked like the only one going up there with any sort of idea about what he wanted to do. Everyone else looked completely clueless and just flung the bat out there. This is why you don’t get too high in baseball. If all you can think about is how destroyed Halladay, you end up getting humiliated by Joe F’N Blanton.

Awful game and the best example of how to immediately destroy the momentum of a win that should have carried you through the entire month.

bvillebaron

May 3rd, 2012
5:53 pm

I only got to watch the first 3 1/2 innings and saw 3 Braves take called strikes which were right down the middle. As most of you know, I am not normally critical of the team, but to get out by Joe Blanton is ridiculous!

Brave New World

May 3rd, 2012
6:00 pm

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Coach (2012 Fredi's beisbol fandango)

May 3rd, 2012
6:35 pm

and don’t forget……

The Phillies came to town less Cliff Lee, Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Jim Thome. They still took two out of three to win the series

rich

May 3rd, 2012
6:43 pm

New drinking game…have a shot every time Fredi tips his cap

ACE

May 3rd, 2012
6:49 pm

THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN CALLED GIVE AWAY DAY instead of get away day. Pitiful.

Mister Frisky

May 3rd, 2012
6:58 pm

@Mr.Enigma,Thank You for the info.

Mister Frisky

May 3rd, 2012
7:04 pm

This team is a buzz killer.Like Mr.Enigma stated,a comeback win against Halladay and their nemesis Philly should have put this team on another level for weeks.Instead,it didn’t last twelve hours.

PMC

May 3rd, 2012
7:21 pm

They put a stamp and address on this one today. Completely mailed it in at the plate after last night.

2 hours and Blanton needed only about 85 pitches. Yeah it’s a long season, but for such a great day to be at the ball park, they didn’t even want to show up today.

Livan Hernandez is the new Manny Acosta. If there is a deficit he is sure to throw gas on the fire.

If he’s in the game, it’s a clear sign they’ve given up. Unfortunate for Delgado who did a very nice job.

PMC

May 3rd, 2012
7:22 pm

It’s pretty obvious they had a good time last night. Should have called in sick, it wasn’t worth the money they charged for admission today.

PMC

May 3rd, 2012
7:23 pm

I don’t care what they say publically, I know they played hard in the field and all that crap, but seriously. 85 pitches from Joe Blanton…. they didn’t even try to be interested.

David O'Brien

May 3rd, 2012
7:25 pm

You folks just need to watch the Braves postgame show where everything is peaches and cream–even after a loss. I especially enjoy the one Twitter post they share (after the female “spent all day with the fans”) It is always a cheery and positive one…even if a small plane crashed into the Braves dugout. Burl Ives

As opposed to here, where every loss in a 162-game season is treated as if a small plane crashed into the Braves dugout.

ChopMaster20000

May 3rd, 2012
7:44 pm

Looks like the Braves fans and players got hungover from all that kool-aid they drank last night. That “epic” win doesn’t mean anything now, because we lost the series to Phillies. Today was a real slap in the face to the Braves. Not only did the Phillies win the series without Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Cliff Lee, but Blanton pitched a complete shutout game against us to win the series!

Ralph

May 3rd, 2012
7:44 pm

Gattis 3 for 4 w/HR and double, 2 rbi’s, in 1st game of twin bill now batting .500 at AA. We need to get this guy up ASAP, Trade Diaz or release him.

PMC

May 3rd, 2012
7:54 pm

oh i’ve seen and heard it Mr. Obrien and that’s why I like to read what you write. Sure there are crazies here, but seriously. That was terrible today and I was pumped up for this game all week. Took the day off to see it. 2 hours of just bad baseball.

PMC

May 3rd, 2012
7:59 pm

This was Atlanta Hawks baseball that they played today… not much energy to start with and they never got off the matt

TarHeel 1

May 3rd, 2012
8:02 pm

The Braves cannot win without a shortstop and the replacement of the reject relief pitchers they have signed! Is this due to lack of funds or inability to judge talent??

IlliniBrave

May 3rd, 2012
8:06 pm

DOB, you would have insider knowledge of this:

All this “hat tipping” talk by Fredi made me wonder, does Fredi tip his waiter, cabbie, doorman, etc. as much as and as well as he tips his cap? And is hat-tipping as much fun as cow-tipping? And as much as Fredi “tips” his cap, does he ever tip it so far that it tips over?

Okay, I think I made my point. One more “tip your cap” comment by Fredi and I think I’m going to shoot mysef.

Scottbravesfan

May 3rd, 2012
8:10 pm

You guys are blaming pastornicky now? He had three hits last night. They just had an adrenaline dump today after the insanity of last night. And the offense just struggles when chipper and McCann are out.

Mister Frisky

May 3rd, 2012
8:14 pm

When Fredi stops using “tip of the cap”,the blog will stop using the term “kool aid drinkers”.What do you think Fredi fair trade?

bobby

May 3rd, 2012
8:35 pm

Happens almost every time after a slugfest. The next game the Braves cannot buy a hit. Of course it would help if FG did not use his third team lineup. Why do some players have to have the day off after a night game and others don’t. Most teams play heir players instead of letting them sit on the bench.

TSauce

May 3rd, 2012
8:46 pm

Which is worse? The Phillies beating us without two of their star players, or getting shutout by Joe Blanton?

TarHeel 1

May 3rd, 2012
9:03 pm

Pastornicky cannot play shortstop! Getting 3 hits doesn’t improve his defense!

double

May 3rd, 2012
9:55 pm

No Errors.Excuses needed.Need those Amish bats.

nashvillewill

May 4th, 2012
12:31 am

It is discouraging, to say the least, to start the game with the two hitting stars of the previous game on the bench. Is this Fredi’s call? Or do Chipper and McCann decide when they play? Either way, thisloss was very predictable and one of the reasons this team is bound for .500 and third place in the division. No ability to build on prosperity. And Livan in the ninth? C’mon why not just forfeit and not play the ninth! “We give up, Philly, you’re too good and we’re too tired.” Lousy baseball. Now on to teams (and ball parks) where professional hitters work. Look for several shelackings in the next few days.

David O'Brien

May 4th, 2012
1:40 am

It is discouraging, to say the least, to start the game with the two hitting stars of the previous game on the bench. Is this Fredi’s call? Or do Chipper and McCann decide when they play? — nashvillewill

Very few catchers would be in the lineup for a noon game after catching all 11 innings in a four-hour game the night before. Makes no sense. That’s why you have a backup catcher. (Not to mention fact McCann got poked in the eye; but he wouldn’t have caught a noon game after catching a four-hour game the night before anyway.)

David O'Brien

May 4th, 2012
1:46 am

DOB, you would have insider knowledge of this:

All this “hat tipping” talk by Fredi made me wonder, does Fredi tip his waiter, cabbie, doorman, etc. as much as and as well as he tips his cap? And is hat-tipping as much fun as cow-tipping? And as much as Fredi “tips” his cap, does he ever tip it so far that it tips over?

Okay, I think I made my point. One more “tip your cap” comment by Fredi and I think I’m going to shoot mysef. — IlliniBrave

Really? Still with the long-winded and entirely predictable reactions to Fredi’s cap-tipping quotes? Oh, yes, IlliniBrave, you made your point. The same point that’s been made about 789 times in the past year or so. But thanks.

Brava

May 4th, 2012
2:07 am

I’m enjoying watching Fredi grow as a manager. He’s much better than last season, but still a work in progress. It was good to read that he noticed the impatience of the hitters today. Last season, we seldom heard much critique of the team, just the standard “tip your hat” and everyone did a great job, blah, blah, blah. He has a long way to go, but he’s starting to grow on me a little bit.

CARL M AVEN

May 4th, 2012
5:30 am

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Charlie

May 4th, 2012
7:24 am

Uggla…apparently a day game, after an extra inning affair is too much for you to be ready for…physically and mentally. Poor baby. It’s gotta be hard to motivate yourself, with only a $60 million dollar contract. Everyone raves about how Dan is playing so much better this spring. Hey! It would be almost impossible for him to play any worse than last year. Ya, Dan…you just couldn’t get it going…It’s a tough life, as a professional athlete, isn’t it? All YOU have to do on your own, is play a little boys’ game. Most everything else is done for you. Sorry that you were not up to the task to get it going yesterday, after the night before. Ya, life’s tough.

?

May 4th, 2012
7:30 am

FAT FREDDI THE ILLEGAL CUBAN NEEDS TO BE FIRED NOW. HE IS NOT WORTH ILLING. ALL DOG TURDS THATS WHAT THE BRAVES ARE.

tennisbrave

May 4th, 2012
8:05 am

Yea, you just gotta tip your hat to those Phils. Heck, they were not playing well before coming to Atlanta with many key players hurt. So, to come and take the series from us, you just gotta tip your hat again. .

cowdogit

May 4th, 2012
8:20 am

Bobby Cox would rather the braves finish in last place than 0mit he made one hell of a mistake by allowing Leo Mazzone to leave the team. No Mazzone” 0 & 6 record and counting!!!

It's Not Rocket Science

May 4th, 2012
8:21 am

“Really? Still with the long-winded and entirely predictable reactions to Fredi’s cap-tipping quotes? Oh, yes, IlliniBrave, you made your point. The same point that’s been made about 789 times in the past year or so. But thanks.”

789 is about 300 short of the “cap tipping” statements Fredi has made. Obviously from your reaction it is getting on your nerves. So you probably understand why to some fans the cap tipping mantra is getting on their nerves.

Tbyrd

May 4th, 2012
8:42 am

Enough with the criticism of the ” cap tipping” expression used by Fredi (and many others) in baseball….i’s just part of the lingo….and a way to give some credit to the opposition for a job well done. Move ON!

bobby

May 4th, 2012
9:23 am

The Phillies played in the same 4 hour game that the Braves did the night before and their players handled it OK.

ray k

May 4th, 2012
11:04 am

I can’t believe how bent out of shape people get over post loss quotes. Do we expect Uggla to say something vastly different from the last time the offense didn’t get it going? Is he suddenly going to share an insight so profound and eloquent, we spend the rest of the day in a heady daze walking into things? They’re baseball players, not the founding fathers. It’s cool to hear Chipper dish some honest unvarnished opinion every now and then, but for the most part, this stuff is all boilerplate. We know this. I want my team to cross the plate, not their ‘T’’s.

3 hour ride

May 4th, 2012
11:57 am

The Braves and Phillies rivalry is like a dogs rivalry with a fire hydrant. Long way to go to see this kind of effort .

Mariano Rivera's ACL

May 4th, 2012
12:15 pm

It’s one lost series. I don’t want to have a “knee jerk” reaction. But I’m “torn” over this lackluster performance.

BrandonLee49

May 4th, 2012
12:17 pm

Actually that Small Plane was Several Small Planes Launched by Phillies Blanton, that Landed in Braves Hitters Brains…. “I Own You, Swing at Nothing, unless it is First Pitch”…. Braves Zombie Bats – where does it end? All the Pod People are Wearing Braves Uniforms !!!!! Egads Batman !!!

JC Brave

May 4th, 2012
12:27 pm

Any time you have an extra-inning ball game and a noon game the next day, you are probably not going to do the same thing

Talk about the dumbest remark ever made…

That’s what the Phillies just did, and considering they were the ones who lost the night before… it makes that comment even more stupid.

What a piece of crap of a team this is… First they allow the Pirates to score 9 runs in a single game, splitting a 4 game series with such a pathetic team, then they allow the paraplegic phillies offense to score 13… and then, as if it weren’t embarrassing enough, they get blanked by Joe Blanton… by Joe Blanton!!!!

BY JOE BLANTON!!!!

Samantha

May 4th, 2012
12:29 pm

@JC Brave. I completely agree with you, but calm down a little bit PLEASE!!! Go Braves!!!

bravesgrl4life

May 4th, 2012
12:54 pm

As I said on another blog, the difference between the Braves playing the 11-hour game the night before and the Phillies playing the same game: Phillies were on their bus within 1/2 an hour of the game end and back at the team hotel in a few minutes, showered and in bed within 1.5 hours. Braves were probably not out of there for at least an hour, then each had to drive to his individual home, which depending on where each guy lives, could take up to an hour. I bet the Phils were in the bed at least an hour before the first Brave got to bed. Disadvantage to the home team when it comes to marathon games .

The Phils got lucky with that yesterday. It’s not like they played great baseball yesterday, beyond Blanton’s pitching, which, admitedly, we made it look better than it probaby was.

Samantha

May 4th, 2012
12:59 pm

@bravesgrl4life I completely agree with you. I am saying that they need to be more consistent. They might score 10 tonite and 1 or 2 tomorrow.

Big Lou

May 4th, 2012
3:35 pm

“Uggla…apparently a day game, after an extra inning affair is too much for you to be ready for…physically and mentally. Poor baby. It’s gotta be hard to motivate yourself, with only a $60 million dollar contract. Everyone raves about how Dan is playing so much better this spring. Hey! It would be almost impossible for him to play any worse than last year. Ya, Dan…you just couldn’t get it going…It’s a tough life, as a professional athlete, isn’t it? All YOU have to do on your own, is play a little boys’ game. Most everything else is done for you. Sorry that you were not up to the task to get it going yesterday, after the night before. Ya, life’s tough.” Troll

Spoken by a keyboard jockey that is safely nestled in his residence. That’s why they are the professionals and you’re a fan. Shut the heck up and support the team. It’s only one game.

“I am saying that they need to be more consistent.” SaMANtha

Baseball teams rarely score an even amount of runs per game. There will be shutout games. Every team, even the good ones, has been shut out this season or only had one run.

The Cap Tipper

May 4th, 2012
10:19 pm

Hey guys glad I could give you my help to all your problems… the cap tipper is here….

Get shutout by a perennial #5 starter after scoring 15 runs up against a Cy Young winner the night before, only to have your offense not show up with 4 hits and Zero runs against Joe Blanton….tip your cap!!!!

Start the season with a 4 game losing streak to Houston and NY Mets, the cellar dwellers of their respective divisions…hey they had good pitching….TIP YOUR CAP!!!

Losing your season because of bullpen mismanagement and using Linebrink, Sherill, and Proctor to blow leads last year, only to have Durbin and Livan blow leads this year….Tip your cap!!!

And I honestly cant believe DOB and his journalist credibility attacking a fan trying to make a point at how absolutely pathetic it is for a professional manager to blame so many of his teams and his self errors on “having to tip a cap to the opponent”….that is a terrible manager and I would never want him managing my team, and when a fan points out that this is a horrendous act for a manager, and probably WHY you havent brought it up to him as a decent journalist would….and you ATTACK him with hateful, sarcastic remarks….yeah some “journalist” DOB….You really need to take these cap tipping remarks more seriously, and report that they make him look like a weak, sniveling, loser of a manager that makes excuses for his teams poor play…

The Cap Tipper

May 4th, 2012
10:32 pm

Im going to answer questions since DOB has had enough of you “trolls”…

“The Braves cannot win without a shortstop and the replacement of the reject relief pitchers they have signed! Is this due to lack of funds or inability to judge talent??”

I believe its both…for instance the Braves had Cory Gearin and Yohan Flande ready to take the final 2 spots in the bullpen (and both are lights out in AAA this year), only to give those spots to Durbin and Hernandez. Now that is obviously an inability to judge talent…. but Liberty Media couldnt care less about the Braves….they have kept the payroll at 90 million for 3 years in a row now, despite the winners in the league spending twice that much annually…so its both, really

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