Braves quotes after Monday loss to Cubs

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hanson

“Tommy did an excellent job. He really did. He gave us a chance to win the ballgame. Gave up two solo home runs, a 2-1 ballgame when he left it. We had some chances in the seventh with ‘Ski at the plate. He hit a rocket to the first baseman and they doubled us off. Then they were able to add on some runs late, and that was the game.”

On Samardzija

“We’d seen the video of him, it’s 94-95 [mph] with movement. And then today he had the secondary pitches that he threw for strikes, had a lot of swings and misses. But still we felt pretty good, had a good chance, first and second there, ‘Ski had a helluva at-bat and lined out. One-run ballgame, you figure you can get to their bullpen a little bit and it’s a little different story.”

“Marmol kind of wiggled out of one. I couldn’t tell how hard Freeman hit his ball [with runners on] first and second. And that was it. We couldn’t do much after that.”

What did you object to [leading to ejection], the warning he gave both dugouts in that situation?

“To this day I still haven’t argued. I just asked him for an explanation. I asked him why would you think we’re throwing at people in a one-run game or they’re throwing at people in a one-run game, you know? It’s not like it’s a 10-run game or anything like that. It’s still a helluva game going on, and I’m talking to him like I’m talking to you, and I got thrown out of the game.

“Nevertheless that wasn’t why we lost the game. It was just kind of odd, that I got thrown out of a game for not even raising my voice.”

“It might be his first ejection as a major league umpire, I don’t know. But I never raised my voice or said anything other than I just asked him what he was thinking about that.”

Did that affect O’Flaherty?  Or Durbin next inning?

“No, I don’t think so. The next hitter Campana was a bunt single, then you’re facing first and second with two out against Castro and he’s a pretty good hitter. He got a base hit.”

**TOMMY HANSON

On his performance

“I felt good. Obviously wasn’t good enough, the back-to-back homers didn’t help the cause, and that was all they needed.”

Did you leave those pitches up?

“I was just trying to stay middle-down. Yeah, they had to have been up a little more than I wanted them to be. I don’t know, It was kind of one of those situations where that’s what I wanted to do, it just didn’t work out.”

Feel like you’re getting where you need to be?

“I’m feeling more comfortable, with the exception of the last one [start vs. Philadelphia]. I felt good today. I felt like I was throwing strikes. There’s always room for improvement, but I felt pretty good today.”

Pleased that you were able to bounce back after the two homers and pitch well?

“Yeah. I felt like I had confidence the whole time, and I was getting guys out. I just tried to not let that affect me, and I finished up OK.”

Conditions dfficult at all?

“No, it was fine. I mean, it was cold, but you’re going to see that. And pretty soon we’re going to be wishing it was cold. Conditions had nothing to do with it.”

**JASON HEYWARD

What were you thinking when you got hit, after homering early

[pause]

“What was the score, 2-1 at the time? Try to score.”

Will you say if you thought it was on purpose?

[No, wouldn't say. Just a smile.]

On the chilly night

“It started off as a nice night, before we couldn’t see [from fog]. It’s a nice stadium, the history behind it and everything. Cool.”

On his numbers at Wrigley, what do you like about hitting here?

“It’s only year three. I just think I just started feeling better at the plate, swinging better, at about the time we’ve come here. That’s just the way it’s worked out so far.”

On Samardzija

“That was my first time facing him, I believe. He looked great. He’s got some good pitches. Fastball – four-seam and two-seam. Splitter was awesome. Slider was pretty good too.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On Samardzija

“He’s really, really good. Obviously I’ve only faced him out of the bullpen [before today], but he’s got staying power. Good heater. Has two heaters, a two-seamer and four-seamer. Cuts it sometimes. I didn’t really see any sliders but I saw a couple of splits. Command has always been kind of shaky for him, and it looks like he’s got the command thing down, or at least he did tonight. He was real tough.”

Good to see Hanson bounce back from the bad start against Philadelphia?

“Yeah, I thought Tommy pitched great, other than the two mistakes right there in the fifth, he was on top of everything. Throwing all his pitches for strikes. It was a tough environment to play the game in tonight, but it was a pretty well-played game.”

**TYLER PASTORNICKY

“We just didn’t get the big hit tonight that we’ve got the last couple of games. When Hinske hit that ball down the line that could have been a big inning. The last couple of days we’ve gotten that big hit and kind of rallied off of that. Tonight it didn’t come.”

On Samardzija

“Pretty good command. He didn’t miss many pitches, that’s for sure.”

Better command that he’s had in the past

“Yeah, I watched him a couple of weeks ago on TV and he couldn’t throw a strike.”

49 comments Add your comment

ACE

May 8th, 2012
12:07 am

ACE

May 8th, 2012
12:11 am

Just some bad luck tonight on two big at bats. They were hit hard but right at them. Just have to tip your cap and wait until tomorrow.

Pops

May 8th, 2012
12:19 am

Any complaints from McCann about his vision lately? He looked lost today. Uggla on the other hand has no excuse for his flailing away at 3 straight against Marmol.

Overseas Braves Fan

May 8th, 2012
12:21 am

A tough loss. But we cannot win all. I am OK as long as we have good at-bats.

By the way, ACE, does this “First” mean anything? Wish you can sleep well by being the first.

JNick

May 8th, 2012
12:21 am

Why does the losing team always get asked about “game conditions”? It didn’t seem to affect the other team, did it? Why try to insinuate that “conditions” were the cause of the loss? Point blank, the Braves were outpitched/outhit tonight.

JNick

May 8th, 2012
12:22 am

@Pops, Uggla looked “uggly” tonight – the Cubs pitchers could have thrown the rosin bag up there and he would have flailed at it…

Ron Piche

May 8th, 2012
12:26 am

Braves need to run and hit and run. Bourn, early in the game, had 5 or 6 pitches to run on. He didn’t and Prado hits into a DP. Bourn needs to be given the steal sign if he won’t go on his own. Cannot play for the big inning all the time.

Need to move Chip ahead of Uggla in the batting order. Uggla was awful tonight, so was McCann.

jim

May 8th, 2012
12:27 am

I would like to see Fredi switch Chipper and Prado and Heyward and Mac in the lineup. The Bourn Prado combo is not working as it should. One would think that Prado would be an ideal hit and run man, but they never ty it. Bourn never steals on the first or second pitch to give Prado a chance to move him over to third. Too many DPs. Heyward could be more selective hitting 4th and draw more walks. He is a force on base and Mac is not. In the 2nd AB tonight he swung at the 3-0 pitch because the bottom of the order is coming up and he has to make something happen or it won’t (just walk the Rev and strike out Hanson).

ACE

May 8th, 2012
12:31 am

@overseas braves fan. If you ever first at anything then you will know. I will sleep fine tonight knowing I was first.

Ron Piche

May 8th, 2012
12:37 am

Agree with Jim. McCann and Uggla need to be dropped in the order. Jones and Heyward moved ahead of them. If Chipper is batting 4th or 5th tonight, we probably score 4 or 5 runs. As it was, Uggla and McCann struck out 6 times between them. What do we pay Uggla 13.3 mil for? He leads the team in K’s and errors. Maybe the worst fielding 2B in the ML.

Ron Piche

May 8th, 2012
12:42 am

Gattis raking at MS. Another HR tonight. 4 HR’s and 9 RBI’s in 6 games at AA. And, the good news is he gets a lot of walks, and doesn’t strike out much. LaStella is hitting .325 at Lynchburg with more walks than he has K’s. Put in in play, and you have a chance. Flail away and you have Uggla.

Ron Piche

May 8th, 2012
12:43 am

Uggla on target for 165 K’s for season and 25 errors.

Ron Piche

May 8th, 2012
12:46 am

Teheran 6 inn and 0 earned runs tonight for Gwinnett but bullpen blows it late. Constanza hitting about .355. Terdo playing like well not good, at .200. Simmons hitting .320 at MS.

SchafBafe

May 8th, 2012
12:47 am

I’d love to see a slight lineup shakeup

Bourn
Prado
Heyward
Chipper
Freeman
Uggla
McCann
Pastornicky

Although batting Pastornicky 2nd might be good with his love of hitting the other way. If Bourn is on base then the 1B won’t be covering the gap and it’d be a perfect spot for Pastornicky

jim

May 8th, 2012
12:51 am

Hopefully Gattis is the big RH bat we’ve been looking for. I see us picking up the extension on McCann but not a good idea to give him a new multi-year deal. Catchers get old fast once they hit 30. I see Gattis in LF and Bethancourt catching in the future. Simmons is hitting about 325 at AA also. If he keeps that up by the All Star break, I can see them bringing him up and cutting Wilson. The Rev has done a nice job in the 8 hole, but Simmons is the SS of the future, and if he can hit 260+, then the Rev is destined to be his back up.

JNick

May 8th, 2012
12:51 am

….wonder if Gattis could play 2B…

Ron Piche

May 8th, 2012
12:53 am

A quick perusal of the roster looks like 40 mil will be cleared to spend for next year (2013). Enough $$$ to resign Bourn and get a really good LF or 3B, and give raises.

Get rid of Chip’s 14 mil, Lowe 10 mil, hopefully JJ’s 5 mil, and Bourn’s 6 mil. Add Diaz 2 mil; Livan and Durban 2 mil, and Jack’s 1 mil.

JNick

May 8th, 2012
12:53 am

@SchafBafe, why would you take our best hitter out of the 3 hole? And why keep Prado at 2? If anything, make it Bourne/Heyward/Freeman/Chip/McCann/Uggla/Prado/Rev

Ron Piche

May 8th, 2012
12:57 am

Gattis can’t play 2B but Prado sure as hell can. Heck, let’s get rid of Uggla’s 13.3 mil if someone is foolish enough to take it, and that would give us 53.3 mil to spend for next year.

Get the brothers from AZ and Tampa Bay to go with Heyward, get us a 3B, maybe Wright, and we would be fine.

Ron Piche

May 8th, 2012
12:59 am

Bourn
Heyward
Freeman
Chipper
McCann
Prado
Uggla
Rev

at least against righties

jim

May 8th, 2012
1:05 am

Switching Pastor and Prado in the order makes some sense. Pastor should be a good hit and run man because he does not swing and miss a lot. (I would expect the SS to cover, but he can hit grounders to the left side too.) I don’t think dropping Prado to 8th is likely to happen. Hitting Uggla and Mac sixth and seventh is a move that needs to happen if Mac continues to hit at a sub 250 pace. Even if Heyward and McCann are producing comparable numbers, Heyward is much more of a threat on the basepaths. Between the SBs and taking an extra base on a hit, he must average significantly higher on a bases advanced per time on base average (if anybody compiles such a stat)

Tommy Boggs--Ron Piche

May 8th, 2012
1:16 am

Jim is right on. Now, if they will bring me back to pitch relief in place of Durban. He gives up more HR’s than I ever did.

JNick

May 8th, 2012
1:16 am

@Ron, I like your ideas – although I’m not sure I subscribe to shifting of the batting order depending on which arm the opposing pitcher throws with – take Uggla for example – he’s terrible against lefties. Heyward is actually doing ok against them, and Freeman too…
I think Francisco will be just fine at 3B….I think he could be good with the right motivation, and maybe a little diet :) I’ve seen him make some good plays, and he actually has a very good arm.

jim

May 8th, 2012
1:17 am

I would like to see Uggla moved also, but he will need to go on a 31-game hitting streak kind of tear before any GM might be tempted to pick him up. Just looking at people in our system a 2013 lineup of Bourn CF, Pastor 2B,, Freeman 1B, Heyward RF, Gattis LF, Mac C, Prado 3B, Simmons SS would have a nice balance of power and speed and better IF defense + good defense in CF and RF

Tommy Boggs--Ron Piche

May 8th, 2012
1:20 am

Jim, you know the Braves. Simmons won’t be coming up early unless Braves have an injury or can unload Wilson. Maybe, the Brewers would take Wilson. They just lost A-Gon. But, Wren and the Braves don’t cut 1 mil. They also don’t bring up young players and give them a chance, remember Freeman 2 years ago, could have helped, but we went with 2 ole over the hill bums, Lee and Glaus. Maybe, in ST 2013 Gattis and Simmons get a shot. But, knowing Wren, he will go and sign some more old guys.

Juan Pizarro-Carl Willey

May 8th, 2012
1:28 am

Any of the rest of you, bothered by the Braves’ taking so many called 3rd strikes, or still swinging for the fences with 2 strikes? Might be good to go back to the old axiom, put the ball in play when you have 2 strikes, and protect the plate, and swing at close ones. Uggla and McCann did not do that tonight.

J-Man

May 8th, 2012
1:39 am

I think that McCann and Uggla need to be dropped in the lineup but Chipper was so effective batting #2
I think Heyward deserves a chance again to bat 4th. With his patience and power I feel he will be more effective this time.
1. Bourn
2. Chipper
3. Freeman
4. Heyward
5. McCann
6. Uggla
7. Prado
8. Pastornicky
9. Pitcher

JNick

May 8th, 2012
1:39 am

@Juan, it seems like you have guys who take a lot of pitches (McCann) and those who would swing at the rosin bag (Uggla).

J-Man

May 8th, 2012
1:42 am

I really hate losing games we shouldve won. But teams will still lose game and the Braves are still doing great this season. But we cant rest on our laurels, thats what happened and the Cardnials caught up and beat us. Thats why I am a more negative poster because I remember last season and the year before……when we made the playoffs but lost a 8 game division lead and had a lame duck lineup in there against the Giants.

Braveschipper

May 8th, 2012
1:47 am

Tommy Hanson has a terrible fast ball. 89 to 90 mph, that is straight with absolutely no movement. He has to work to better his fast ball or at least learn how to have some movement on it.

J-Man

May 8th, 2012
1:59 am

Lets face Tommy Hanson is not a #1 starter, and he is not a #2 either……At best he is a number 3 starter. And he has lost about 4 mph off his fastball but I think he pitched well enough tonight he just has very hittable pitches. A fastball that doesnt move and a curve that he will throw 7 times in a row. Maybe Ross should call his games instead because he is a better in game pitch selector than McCann and better defensively overall.

Scott Proctor

May 8th, 2012
2:30 am

We are the #1 scoring team in the majors and because we lost a game in which we hit several hard balls right at people and didn’t have them fall our way, everyone is demanding change! Watch us go out tomorrow and score 6 runs off Dempster, this team can hit. Why the panic? This lineup has been scoring a ton of runs the way its constructed, changing it after one loss would be ridiculous

JNick

May 8th, 2012
3:10 am

@Scott, Fredi puts out a different lineup every night….it’d be better if he just used common sense and constructed one solid lineup, then kept it that way, instead of trying to overthink himself and construct some strategic lineup….go with who is hitting this year.

Adam

May 8th, 2012
5:00 am

I can’t believe on this board no one is talking about O’Flaherty getting touched up for yet another run and Durbin giving up ANOTHER homerun. These are major problems folks. Close games need to stay close.

J-Man

May 8th, 2012
5:15 am

I talked about EOF on the last blog and I said that I think he needs to become a situational pitcher instead of the 7th inning guy. And Durbin needs to go.

NickGranite

May 8th, 2012
7:23 am

Chipper should be batting 2nd or 4th when he’s in the line-up. I realize he’s trying to take a back seat this year but before last night’s game, McCann has batted around .207 since Aug 1st of last year (222 at bats)and Uggla flailing at Marmol deserves a drop in the line-up all by itself.

NickGranite

May 8th, 2012
7:27 am

Yeah, O’Flat is an issue. That 2 out beanball cost us dearly. I wish baseball would get rid of these idiotic tit for tat plunkings. If it’s a manhood thing, take it to the tunnel as Chipper suggested. Does it really prove anything to plunk a guy knowing any fight that breaks out will be immediately broken up?

Charlie

May 8th, 2012
7:28 am

Stop hitting McCann abd Uggla back-to-back. Both have been major strike out guys ith runners on. I don’t know exactly their numbers, with RISP, but they can’t be very good. Both seem to strike out alot at big moments in the game. As middle of the order / power guys, lately they have been a big disappointment.
(And of curse, they have no comments, after they stink up a game.)

the cap tipper

May 8th, 2012
7:52 am

Trade McCann, he is done!!!!!!!!!!!

?

May 8th, 2012
8:09 am

TOMMY THE DOG TURD HANSON AND FUGLY UGLY UGGLA ARE A JOKE. ANY TIME DOG TURD PITCHES WE LOSE.

Ted Abernathy

May 8th, 2012
9:07 am

Durbin is still on the team? Ron Piche and I could still get more outs than Durbin.

panamajack

May 8th, 2012
9:17 am

Everybody saying Hanson pitched great, I thought he was terriable.

Brandon

May 8th, 2012
10:13 am

@Charlie – uggla has been solid with RISP this season. its funny how you haven’t noticed all the hits that he’s gotten. For proof,

Uggla is batting .290 with a .371obp and .452slg including 13 rbi’s …in your defense however, he was struck out 11 times

mccann has driven in 12 runners with RISP in 27 at bats. However, he’s only batting .185

Buddy Landel

May 8th, 2012
10:51 am

This team is at, or near the top of MLB in runs scored. The get shut down by a young pitcher on top of his game and the armchair managers want a whole new batting order. Amazing.

Mister Frisky

May 8th, 2012
11:21 am

I heart Braves!

64 year Braves fan

May 8th, 2012
11:28 am

Should move McCann down to 8th in the batting order. In the middle of the order, he is a doubleplay waiting to happen and if he gets on he clogges the bases with his turtle like speed. Slowest major
leauger since Ernie Lombardi. Uggla should be batting 7th. Strikes out too much. Pastor a good
no. 2 hitter and Bourne should be stealing whenever he gets on base. Only a 20% chance they get him.

wayn-o

May 8th, 2012
12:39 pm

OK before you stone me just think about this… should Wren dangle Bourn to see what we could get for him? After all we know with Boras as his agent he’s gone after this year, but his stock is at it’s highest. It’s just a thought.

nashvillewill

May 8th, 2012
1:08 pm

Uggla’s stats with RISP are misleading, since many are in situations where runs are not needed. His stats in meaningful situations over the last two years are abysmal, with too many K’s and popups; his swings are too HR-oriented. His 2B play is terrible. If you take away his 31 game streak last year, he is batting around .190. Since he has to play, contract and $ and all that, drop him to 7th or 8th at least.
Suggestions to move Pastornicky up in order to 2-hole are on-target: what you want in in 2 hitter–contact, able to bunt, goes to right, no ego. Prado has not looked right to me since DL stint last year. Play Hinske more! (FG refers to his “helluva AB”–give him more chances and more AB’s, as he is having great AB’s most times. Does anyone keep stats on productive AB’s versus bad AB’s? Just from my watching, I’d say Hinske, Freeman, and Bourn lead the team in productive AB’s with Pastornicky, Chipper, and Jason next in that order. McCann and Uggla have to be leading the team in non-productive AB’s). Move up Pastornicky, Chipper and move down Uggla. Play Ross in place of McCann. I am concerned that something is wrong with Mac–his eyes? his side? his fitness? his attitude? Something is off.

cowdogit

May 8th, 2012
3:07 pm

When McCann got poked in the eye it may have affected his vision, he looked lost taking a called third strike down the middle of the plate. No one takes that pitch with runners on second and third.

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