Braves quotes after Friday win against Rockies

**ERIC HINSKE

On getting another four-hour, 11-inning win

“It’s a good win to start off this road trip. We’ve got a long road trip, and when you lose those kinds of games it’s kind of demoralizing. Huddy had a slow start and we said to him in the dugout, just keep us right there and we’re going to score some runs. He did a great job of giving us extra innings after the first. He battled, he did a great job, and we got some timely hits. Good team effort at the plate. Everybody was hitting the ball. Freeman was doing his thing, Chipper, everybody. It was cool.”

On being 10-for-15 in his past five games

“Getting a chance to play, that helps usually. I’m just trying to go up there and see the ball well, put a good swing on it. I got a good pitch to hit there in the last inning and got it up in the air. The nice Colorado air, with the backspin on the ball it keeps going. It’s fun. I’m just having fun. My focus is doing something that day I’m playing to help the team win, and today I did that.”

On winning second 11-inning game in three days, after being shut out Thursday

“Hopefully we can keep this thing going. That day game right before we came out here was just kind of a blah, kind of weird loss, and we just tried to forget about it, get on the plane and come out here, and it worked out today.”

“We’re swinging the bats well as a team. Even when we’re losing we’re getting that pitcher’s pitch count up, trying to get in the bullpen, and guys are having good team at-bats. That’s what [Greg] Walker preaches and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

On hitting the game-winning homer

“I’m happy. I’m smiling. To do something like that in extra innings is great. I’ve been playing for a while now and I’ve only had a couple of walk-off home runs, but this is just as cool.”

“Then Kimbrel came in and shut the door. But we’ve got to do it all again tomorrow. What have you done for me lately.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On winning a wild game at Coors Field

“This place, man…”

You going to miss it?

“No, I’m not. This place is a rollercoaster ride from start to finish. I told Helton over there at first base tonight, man, the twists and turns and just the ups and downs that go with playing here – I’m worn out after three games here. He plays 81 a year.”

On the win

“We fall down 5-nothing and we know we’re not out of it. We’ve just got to keep chipping away. We got away with some no-no’s here tonight. You can’t walk people and make errors. Huddy walked a couple of guys in the first, and I made a costly error. But 19 hits cures a lot of ills.”

“We’ll take it. Fine by me. Long as we get it done. Martin [Prado] got sick today and ‘Ski got thrust in the lineup, and he’s a good guy to have in the lineup because he’s swinging a real good bat right now. Got his first homer today. We’re pretty deep, so we can beat you a bunch of ways.”

On hitting at Coors

“I like it here, it’s a pretty good place to hit. Right up there with old Shea Stadium, Minute Maid Park … [smiles; he was kidding]. No, this place is awesome. I love it. I’ve always loved it. As long as your mechanics are good and you’re not trying to hit the ball five miles instead of two, you can put up some big numbers here. I say that in jest, that it’s a rollercoaster ride when we come in here. But those games are fun.”

On this game compared to Wednesday’s 15-13, 11-inning win when they trailed 6-0 against Philadelphia

“You fall down 6-nothing to Roy Halladay, 99 percent of the time you’re beat. Here, you’re never out of the game. I don’t care how many you’re down. If you’re going to give up five, give up five in the first. That way you’ve got eight innings to kind of get it back.”

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On the highlights

“O’Flaherty, the big out there with Helton [strikeout]. Of course Hinske and Freeman had a great offensive night. I think the whole team had a great approach – 19 hits? Overall a really good game.”

“I thought Huddy got better after the first inning, retired 12 out of the next 13 guys, and we made some nice pitches out of the bullpen. We did a nice job after the first inning not letting them put a crooked number up there.”

On Hinske’s hot streak while getting more playing time recently

“He really has been great. When we get healthy and start playing guys, he’s going to benefit from that later on. Matty the same thing, getting four at-bats. So it’s good. [Hinske] is not going to run anything down [in the outfield] like Fowler or Born or anything like that, but you feel like if he gets to it he’s going to catch it. So that’s a comforting feeling.”

On reversed call on Bourn bunt

“I had a bad vantage point, but I saw Bourny complain that when Hernandez caught it, it was foul. We went over there and they asked the third-base umpire Marvin [Hudson], and Marvin thought it was foul. That’s the only thing we could ask for, get toether and get the play right. We put a big number up after that.”

On being behind so much early, but being at Coors Field

“You’ve got to keep plugging away. Keep plugging away, keep trying to manufacture a run. I thought Jason had the right idea trying to steal third there, when we were down by three, at that time, with the bottom of the order up. Moscoso made a nice inside move and picked him off, but if he goes to third there, we get a ground ball and with the bottom of the order up we get a little bit closer.”

**TIM HUDSON

On giving up five runs in first

“That’s kind of been my story here, coming in here and needing to kind of figure some things out. This isn’t an easy place to come pitch and have a good feel for things right off the bat. It took me a little bit to start pitching and locating a little better. That’s pretty much what it is, you’ve got to figure out what you’re stuff’s going to do.”

On confidence in team’s ability to come back at Coors, after they did it twice at home Wednesday

“I was definitely confident. It’s usually always crazy game here. It’s hardly ever pitchers’ duels at this park. I know if I could hold them to five and put up some zeroes, keep us in the game, that we were going to have a chance to win. I have all the confidence in the world in our guys right now, offensively. I felt like it was just a matter of time before we would be able to strike for a few and get to the starter and knock him out. The guys started putting together real good at-bats.”

“For me obviously [his pitching] line sucks; it does suck. But after that first inning, I feel pretty good about giving us a good chance to win after that.”

“As a pitcher, we understand that regardless of the score we’re still in it. We just need to throw the ball a little better and hopefully get a few more breaks — maybe a little bit of luck won’t hurt either.”

32 comments Add your comment

count_schemula

May 5th, 2012
2:12 am

Chipper likes hitting at Coors?

Brandon

May 5th, 2012
2:12 am

count_schemula

May 5th, 2012
2:15 am

Hudson summed it up there:

“That’s kind of been my story here, coming in here and needing to kind of figure some things out. This isn’t an easy place to come pitch and have a good feel for things right off the bat. It took me a little bit to start pitching and locating a little better. That’s pretty much what it is, you’ve got to figure out what you’re stuff’s going to do.”

It’s just not like pitching anywhere else. Your breaking stuff don’t break and no one wants to walk up to Coors and start tossing all fastballs. I think we saw that with a 5 run first and then he settled down quite a bit after that.

Hopefully he passes on some tips to Minor.

Braveschipper

May 5th, 2012
2:31 am

I like Chipper hitting at second a lot more than Prado there! Chipper is the better player to move Bourn from 1st to 3rd. Prado should be hitting in the 6th hole! Leave Chipper hitting at second .

LAG

May 5th, 2012
2:45 am

I followed the whole game on XM due to being on the road all evening. What a game though.

That weird play involving Bourn… well, I didn’t see it, obviously, but baseball has its own way of balancing things out (re: the game against LA).

Bill but not Ted

May 5th, 2012
2:52 am

Liked how Freddie used Eric to get Jiambi (left handed) his other big stoke out was against Helton (Left handed).

All his big blow ups this year have come against righties. Hopefully FG has started to realize he’s one of the best LOOGY’s in the game and stops using him as the “7th inning guy” even if two or three good RH hitters are due up.

Darryl Blackberry

May 5th, 2012
2:54 am

Agreed; Chipper should hit second when in the lineup. He’s less likely to try to ambush pitches (and subsequently roll over the top of them) if Bourn is on base in front of him in an inning…

A gut-wrenching game to watch. Would rather see fewer of those the rest of this month.

J-Man

May 5th, 2012
3:05 am

I gotta say Chipper in the #2 spot is a smart move. Prado has never hit from the 2 spot as good as he has the #1, #3, or #7 spots in the order.
1. Bourn
2. Chipper
3. Freeman
4 .McCann
5. Heyward….he makes more contact with the ball and draws walks.than Uggla
6. Uggla
7. Prado
8. Wilson/Pastornicky
9. Pitcher

When Chipper sits out
1. Bourn
2. Heyward
3. Freeman
4 .McCann
5. Uggla
6. Prado
7. Fransisco
8. Wilson/Pastornicky
9. Pitcher

Also we gotta let Hinske get more games to start. Freeman will need a day off soon and Prado might need another day off.

J-Man

May 5th, 2012
3:09 am

Typical Colorado game with that 9-7 score

JWOOD

May 5th, 2012
3:15 am

I am waiting for this pitching staff to settle down.

bravesorcowards?

May 5th, 2012
3:47 am

With this pitching group, itl s like live batting practice during the game, as opposed to pregame batting practice. And there was all this premature praise for this motley collection of “pitchers” already this season. The hitters have to score big nightly to get wins.

Graybill

May 5th, 2012
4:04 am

Braves lineup shoujld be:
1. Jerry rice great speed and has nice contact with the bat runs the count well
2 Jason Heyward- just all around greatr talent
3. Matt Kemp love the power in the 3 spot
4. Justin Tuck straight up power
5. Barry Bonds Nice swing
6. Deangelo Hall-like the speed after barry clears the bases
7. Jose Reyes Just a great 1-2 punch of speed with hall and reyes
8. Vince Wilfork- Absolutely will crush the ball
9. Mike Vick ,great fastball with a great changeup to go along with an above average slider
W.S. Champs 2012?

J-Man

May 5th, 2012
4:34 am

I think the pitching staff will settle down……but aint no pitching staff gonna settle down on that Denver air. But we play the Cubs next and they are just awful offensively so maybe we will have it corrected then.

jj

May 5th, 2012
4:58 am

First I want to say Great win!I also say leave Prado hitting second because he is good there and he has been jerked around enough.Chipper needs to hit 6 because we need his rbi production and he takes too many days off to have him hitting 2.He is having a heck of a year an we hope that knee holds up.I wish The Braves would give Prado and Bourne multi-year contracts.I really think Bourne needs to be resigned because he gives us ths best CF play since Andruw and lead-off skills since Raffy and we don’t have anyone close to being able to give us what he provides and Prado has earned that Contract.GO BRAVES

jj

May 5th, 2012
5:04 am

Does anyone know if JJ pitched tonite?Thanks and c’mon Braves let’s have a Great westcoast trip! Hey,how about returning Home in 1’st place!!!Go Braves

64 year Braves fan

May 5th, 2012
7:10 am

Enter your comments here
Evan Gattis tearing it up at Double A Misissippi. Adrelton Simmons playing well also.
McCann and Uggla should be batting lower in the order.

64 year Braves fan

May 5th, 2012
7:11 am

Gwinnet rained out at Toledo last night.

Rafael

May 5th, 2012
8:03 am

“DOUBLE PLAY” Matt Diaz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wes Covington

May 5th, 2012
8:34 am

JJ scheduled for today at Gwinnett.

bravesgrl4life

May 5th, 2012
8:50 am

Great win last night. And, it’s only the 2nd extra-inning game in the season. By this time last year, I think the Braves had been in at least half a dozen games that went to extras.

Samantha

May 5th, 2012
9:32 am

Good morning blog. Super win last nite. Lets keep it going. Go Braves!!!!

hiway 61

May 5th, 2012
9:54 am

Got to love the no quit attitude..great win. Thanks Hinske!

DOB why not suggest Braves us Beastic Boys Music when they return? Maybe they will..

Largo

May 5th, 2012
10:31 am

Great game guys. It does look like Kimbrel is going to need at least a two run lead to get a save. You just can’t walk the first hitter every time out. It leads to trouble.

Felix

May 5th, 2012
10:37 am

I knew we would win it along. Never had a doubt.
(wink,wink)

Bronke

May 5th, 2012
11:29 am

Great win, agree McCann needs to bat lower in the order. He is not consistent enough for 4 spot. He should get more days off to stay fresh for the long term. This year’s team is fun to watch but will be a roller coaster with the pitching staff. Love Freeman, he has become my favorite Brave player. Keep it going boys!

No. 1 Braves Fan

May 5th, 2012
1:27 pm

It is so nice to read Braves blogs nowdays. Most of the negative doomsday predicting people have stopped (at least for now) spewing their ugly comments about Fredi, Chipper, Heyward, et al.

Samantha

May 5th, 2012
1:31 pm

@ No.1 Braves Fan….. I am still not pleased with Heyward. He is not producing that well.

Spring of George

May 5th, 2012
1:43 pm

Are there two wild card teams this year in each league? If not, when do they start that wrinkle?

Spring of George

May 5th, 2012
1:47 pm

Comeback Kids or Cardiac Kids….wish they would learn to score first and often and start shutting down other teams.

Who Me?

May 5th, 2012
2:02 pm

Here’s a nugget for you – the Braves and the Cardinals are tied for 1st in the majors with the most prolific offenses. 142 runs scored YTD each. Who would have thought we could honestly say “Imagine if our starting pitching was as advertised”?

Q: Can the Nats hold it together for the whole season?

JNick

May 5th, 2012
4:28 pm

How long before we dump Diaz and bring up Parrazz or Constanza? Or someone else who can hit and field…

Samantha

May 5th, 2012
4:41 pm

Hi JNick……Just my opinion, but I would rather have Parrazz than Constanza,,

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