Braves postgame quotes after Saturday’s loss to Nats

BRIAN MCCANN

On where he got hit:

“Right around the knee, it’s pretty sore. I’m not sure. I’m going to get here. I intend to play and go from there. I came out of the game right there because I couldn’t really go down on my knees to block and it’s a big situation there. I’m going to get here tomorrow and hopefully play.”

On if seeing if it swells overnight:

“Yeah, if I can move around and I can block, I’ll be able to play, for sure.”

On Strasburg:

“That’s the best I’ve seen him throw. We’ve faced him five times. He basically could do whatever he wanted today. He was pounding the bottom of the zone. He was mixing it up. He was putting his curveball where he wanted it. When you throw that hard and you can command it like that, it makes it tough on hitters.”

On Fredi saying wanted to elevate pitch to Flores:

“He put a good swing on it. From pitch one today, he had some really good at-bats. He got a pitch and he didn’t miss. It’s not that we didn’t make our pitch, he just made a good one.”

On Simmons’ debut:

“He was great. He hit a couple balls hard, played great defense. It’s never easy your first major league start against a guy who throws 98 and locked in, but he looks great.”

BRANDON BEACHY

On the pitch to Flores:

“It wasn’t supposed to be elevated or over the plate. That’s what happens when you miss. (He wanted it) down and in.”

On little room for error, vs. Strasburg:

“Can’t make mistakes in a game like that and I made far too many of them. You put people on and they’re going to score.”

On longer at-bats to Flores, Harper:

“I just wasn’t locating my fastball again today. That leads to me throwing way too many pitches and bad things happen.”

On extra frustrated:

“I’m not pleased because I lost a game again today, and without a couple mistakes we’re right there in that until the very end.”

On relishing the matchup:

“Yeah I’ve got to win those games. I’m just not good enough yet.”

On Simmons:

“We all saw in spring training, the kid can really play defense. He made some good plays today, very smooth. It was fun to watch.”

DAN UGGLA

On Strasburg:

“He was electric. He’s always electric. Like Mac said, he was hitting his spots. He had his curveball going. His change-up was nasty again. He pitched a great game. He got in a little jam in the third inning. He made his pitches, got out of it. I think we got two runners on after that (vs. Strasburg) and both of us hit into a double play. They got a big hit and got the pitching they needed and we didn’t. We got the pitching we needed, just couldn’t get the offense going.”

On two good teams going head-to-head:

“These games happen. You’ve just got to battle through them. I had a pitch to hit my third at-bat and I was late on it, grounded into a double play. But that’s the way it goes. We couldn’t have asked for more from Beachy. He went out there and did his thing again. Just got to come back tomorrow.”

On how tough it is when a guy throws 90 mph change-up:

“It’s tough but he’s good. We’re going to have to face him a lot more, so we’re going to have to make an adjustment. I think we’ve done great facing him last year and the first game this year, grinding out at-bats getting his pitch count up. That’s what you’ve got to do against a guy like that.”

On if not getting breaking ball over last Saturday:

“Yeah he had a lot better command of his breaking ball today. He was throwing it first-pitch strikes, strike three, whenever he wanted to really.”

On Simmons’ looking comfortable:

“He did, and he’s really, really talented. He’s got great range. He’s got a great arm. He’s got soft hands. And he put together good ABs today too. I was real proud of him for coming out and playing like he’d been out there all year.”

On saying after first ground ball he’d be good:

“Yeah and that first one was a little tough one too. I was kind of caught between a rock and a hard place. I was scrambling. I didn’t know where to go and then he just picked it and threw to first no problem. I was like ‘Oh man. I’m glad you stayed calm on that.’”

ANDRELTON SIMMONS

On his first start:

“It was comfortable. The view was a bit different, with all the people in the back, but pretty much it was another game. I felt comfortable out there, saw the ball well, made the plays. It went well, just didn’t get the win.”

On going through your mind on deck for first at-bat:

“I was picked up the ball out of his hand. I was focused on the game. I was locked in, seeing how his pitches looked, how fast they were getting there. It wasn’t that bad.”

On if a little nervous:

“I wouldn’t say no, but I wasn’t intimidated. I was kind of anxious but it went away pretty quick.”

On if settled down like he said after first at-bat:

“It was a routine easy play. So after I did that, I was like ‘I did this before. I can do it.’”

On tough pitcher to face first game:

“Yeah. First at-bat I saw all of his pitches. I felt pretty good after. I hit the ball pretty good my second at-bat but just right at the shortstop. The last guy (Burnett) had a pretty good two-seamer. It moved more than I expected.”

On parents being here:

“They came in yesterday but they would have came late to the game because it was iffy (weather-wise). Luckily we got rained out and they got to see the first game.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Strasburg:

“He was real good. Shoot he pitched from 90 to 98, (then) with all his breaking pitches. He was tough. We had a couple guys on base early and he got a quick double play. Simmons hit one ball right on the nose in second at-bat, turned a double play. But we couldn’t muster anything against him. I thought Beachy matched him, pitch for pitch, for me, it was the right pitch to Flores, try to elevate the fastball, and maybe he just didn’t elevate it enough. They were able to add on a run there in the seventh. We didn’t do much offensively today.”

On Strasburg’s variance of speed:

“I think his change-up was 90. His fastball was 98 at times. His breaking pitch was, he was on today. We had a tough time.”

On Simmons first major league game:

“He did fine. You saw the range defensively. He hit a one-hopper to the shortstop for the double play. He did fine, he really did. Constanza made a nice play cutting down Harper there at second base. Walked two guys in the seventh, instead of a one-run game it became a two-run game, against their bullpen – they’re pretty darn good down there, when you start matching up down there.”

On McCann’s injury:

“It was on the muscle part of the knee so he will be day to day. Hopefully tomorrow he doesn’t come in swollen up. It was nice Rossy was able to come out of that game OK, got an inning and two-thirds, and he was fine.”

On the kind of game you expect between good teams:

“We could have lost 1-0 today, really, the way they pitched and the way we didn’t swing the bats and Strasburg was good. But I would really like to take a shot at 1-0 and not 2-0. You feel like you’ve got a better opportunity. But they’re a pretty good club. They’ve got some good pieces there and they’ve got some guys in the bullpen back end of games that are pretty decent. Go out tomorrow, get another good performance from Tommy (Hanson) and hopefully start swinging the bats.”

43 comments Add your comment

abc's of baseball

June 2nd, 2012
9:32 pm

no hat mctipperson?

Felix

June 2nd, 2012
9:33 pm

Well Medlen really blew tonight at Gwinnett.
Is having an astronomical ERA (15+) what ’stretching out’ means?

Turtsnap

June 2nd, 2012
9:37 pm

4-11, that is all that needs to be said!

Steven Buster

June 2nd, 2012
9:40 pm

2 things number one how can you keep mike minor who has a era of almost 6 and has not `won since opening week up here. nd i know it may sound crazy but i feel that dan uggla is the one who should be traded. H e was suppose to be the big right hand bat that we needed instead he has been a total bust.If you can’t hit in Atlanta there way. They should have kept Infante. I have followed the braves since 1956 and this is the worst general manger.The other GM’’s think he is a joke.

JAFO

June 2nd, 2012
9:41 pm

Beachy is a strong kid. He’s off limits. Take jj mm or th.

Charlie

June 2nd, 2012
9:47 pm

Offense didn’t show up. Beachy was great. No big hits today. Easy to see it coming, early in the game. Not a clutch guy on the entire squad.
Venters contnues to disappoint. The Braves can’t beat the Nats, (or most anyone in the NL East). By the end of June, the Braves will be solidly in last place. Everyone in the NL East, improved over the winter. The Braves stayed with their collapse clowns of September,2011.
They will be finished when the month of June is over. No one should be surprised.

john

June 2nd, 2012
9:49 pm

still wanting on chipper ??? better get going he may never return

Disgusted

June 2nd, 2012
9:57 pm

Excuses Excuses — How about some wins within the division for a change?

Florida John

June 2nd, 2012
9:59 pm

Was the liner by Bourn hard hit b/c Constanza didn’t score?

I missed the game. Scoring first might of changed the game.

TOMY FOURNIER

June 2nd, 2012
10:03 pm

Charlie and John..I’m OK with all yours coment…Sorry with Atlantas clown team and with the monkey donkey manager…this team is a pretender…never be a contender…never happend…same of the last year…in this…more early….all the way “DOWN TOWN”
LASTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!…..

Bill

June 2nd, 2012
10:05 pm

ESPN on Baseball tonight just picked Marlins to win East and Braves 4th Phillies last.
I know its ESPN but with Braves pitching all screwed up and hitting gone south..they got a good point.

McFann =Ô= =Ô=

June 2nd, 2012
10:06 pm

Thanks for the quotes, Ms. Rogers!…

Bill

June 2nd, 2012
10:09 pm

Buster what other GM’s you talking about..Give me a name. I must agree he is bad.

braveshoo

June 2nd, 2012
10:09 pm

I was really impressed with Simmons. I bet Hudson is really glad to see him, as many ground balls as he throws. We could have 5 more wins than we do if simmons is playing SS from the ist of the season.McCann ? He cant see. He missed that ball because he couldnt see in the shadows.

TOMY FOURNIER

June 2nd, 2012
10:12 pm

ATLANTA FOUR…ESPN ARE CRAZY, AND EVERY BODY ARE SAYING THAT ESPN IS ATLANTA HATER…NO WAY…ATLANTA LASTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!

NorCal Brave

June 2nd, 2012
10:12 pm

Well, we couldn’t win much against the Nats when they were cellar-dwellers; not a surprise we’re already 0-4 against the improved version. btw, Brooks Conrad got his first hit in 29 AB’s with the Brewers tonight, a 2-run homer. Brooksie’s average is up to .034

Eric

June 2nd, 2012
10:13 pm

Come on guys….this team took 2 in LA, 2 in TB, 5-1 vs the Cards etc etc. The addition of Simmons will cut a run off the braves era watch! We’re in a rough patch and when have been seeing a steady flow of aces of late, they’ll bounce back! A team doesn’t go from amazing (2 weeks ago) to terrible! Btw SCREW ESPN!!! They jump on and off bandwagons all the time and never know what they’re talking about!

Brava

June 2nd, 2012
10:14 pm

Thank you for the quotes, Carroll.

I’m getting sick and tired of watching Venters and his wild pitching. I know Fredi’s tactic is to just “keep running him out there”, but he’s dangerous and is showing NO improvement. I’ve been dreading the day when he would hit a player with one of his 95+ balls, and it turns out to be McCann who he takes out today. He’s giving up at least one run every time he gets on the mound and has no control over the location of most of his pitches. I’m sure there is a more effective reliever at Gwinnett who can swap places with Venters so he can work on his stuff out of the pressure of MLB and maybe regain his pitching abilities. He’s hurting the team right now.

abc's of baseball

June 2nd, 2012
10:14 pm

Uggla’s contract cannot be moved.

Ralph

June 2nd, 2012
10:17 pm

More of the same tomorrow!

Andy

June 2nd, 2012
10:17 pm

@Eric Somebody finally agrees with me about ESPN. They can go to H…

Tom

June 2nd, 2012
10:23 pm

how many in a row have the braves lost to the nats? 6 i think.

Brava

June 2nd, 2012
10:23 pm

Not surprised about ESPN. The only time they ever mention the Braves is when they have something negative to say. I’m with Andy, they can go to hell.

Tom

June 2nd, 2012
10:25 pm

many more losses to come to them i think

Jack Nickalas

June 2nd, 2012
10:25 pm

ESPN sucks, go to their webb site golf page and count how many times you see the name TIGER, then count how many times you see the name of the leader of the tournment, they are absolutely eat up with the guy, hell he couldn’t carry my golf bag.

Marc Schneider

June 2nd, 2012
11:00 pm

Uggla is NOT a bust. He is giving the Braves exactly what they expected. He’s not Rogers Hornsby and is not going to hit .300. He is a power hitter who hits home runs and drives in runs. It’s idiotic to say he’s a bust. But, then, this is the AJC.

Bill

June 2nd, 2012
11:01 pm

I agree ESPN is bad but hell is a place I wish on no-one but I would love to waterboard their a@@…could I get some help?

GoBravos124

June 2nd, 2012
11:07 pm

Venters sucks!! Don’t know what happened to the guy but he is blowing every game he pitches in. Why keeps using a guy that can’t control anything . . . he’s the twin of the guy we’re paying in Cleveland!

Bill

June 2nd, 2012
11:13 pm

Kyle Wren OF’er for GT will be in first 500 drafted Monday….per Insider.

john

June 2nd, 2012
11:30 pm

Got to watch the game in person today. What a treat it is to watch Anderlton play short. Is it me or do the Braves always struggle scoring runs in Washington? Is it a particularly tough place to see the ball or known as a pitcher’s park?

Dirty Dawg

June 2nd, 2012
11:36 pm

As disappointed as we are, or should be, with their performance it’s the second of June dammit. We were right there today and actually out hit em. We were just up against one the best pitchers in baseball pitching his best…hell, we coulda been no-hit…we’ve got a true major league shortstop…and we’ve got a HOFer coming back from the DL…our first-rate first baseman is gonna get used to those glasses and hit like we know he can (Strausburg was just too tough today)…ya gotta believe Uggla’ll figure it out sooner rather than later…Hayward? Well who the knows about him…Constanza, Bourn, both can make a big difference – look for Constanza to take Hayward’s spot when Prado moves back to left – the pitching – well lets hope Medlen can contribute and the others will right the ship. Point being, there’s a lot of baseball left and look for the Braves to be there at the end.

gorter

June 3rd, 2012
12:14 am

Not surprised about ESPN. The only time they ever mention the Braves is when they have something negative to say.

Or if the Braves are playing the Yankees or Boston.

Lil Wayne

June 3rd, 2012
12:22 am

Washington is set to make monkeys out of Braves again. Go ahead and beat dog snot out of em and stick their noses in it. That may be the only way these Robot Braves will wake up. :)

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

June 3rd, 2012
1:06 am

Mitchell

June 3rd, 2012
2:47 am

NorCal Brave

June 2nd, 2012
10:12 pm

Well, we couldn’t win much against the Nats when they were cellar-dwellers; not a surprise we’re already 0-4 against the improved version.

Actually, it is somewhat. They’re usually better against first place teams than last but it’s still the Nats.

No matter how many times Chipper wants to try and promise Braves fans they can beat them, they cannot beat the Nationals.

Then again, they better they get, the less embarrassing it gets to lose to them.

It makes sense when you think about it.

Mitchell

June 3rd, 2012
2:49 am

Actually, it still sucks losing to them.

4-11 against the division.

That is just terrible. They should truly be embarrassed by their abysmal performance against NL East teams.

LEO

June 3rd, 2012
2:59 am

I’m ready to turn this staff around!

ToeMeetsLeather

June 3rd, 2012
8:02 am

I’ve said all along this is a throw away year for the Braves. You can’t have 35% of payroll tied up in an over-the -hill superstar? and a guy pitching for another team(Lowe). The Braves are a mid level payroll team these days and every penny has to be spent wisely. Wren will have 24 million to work with in the offseason. Prado goes to third, big bopper in left and an eight million dollar SS. Just need to get Freeman and Heyward going. Matbe next year guys. This year is Chips farewell tour, nothing else.

You said what?

June 3rd, 2012
8:40 am

Marc Schneider

June 2nd, 2012
11:00 pm

Uggla is NOT a bust. He is giving the Braves exactly what they expected. He’s not Rogers Hornsby and is not going to hit .300. He is a power hitter who hits home runs and drives in runs. It’s idiotic to say he’s a bust. But, then, this is the AJC.
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Ditto. Uggla is right in line with his career numbers. His OBP his higher and his SLG is lower because he is taking more walks. His OPS is slightly higher than his career average. Don’t blame Uggla, he is doing what we thought he would.

DaveinNEPA

June 3rd, 2012
10:26 am

Reality check. 4-11 against he NL East. 0-4 against the Nats.

there isn’t any way to sugar coat it. This team just isn’t good enough as constituted. End of story!!!!!

74bravesjersey

June 3rd, 2012
11:31 am

Just about all you bloggers have hit the nail on the head; The 2012 Braves(?) It is what it is.

Andy

June 3rd, 2012
11:38 am

@74bravesjersey And just exactly do you say they are? Go Braves!!!

chris

June 3rd, 2012
4:41 pm

Uggla not the problem…our pitching, defense and hitting as a team in general has just sucked for past few weeks..its still rather early in season, we’re just 2 out (Sunday’s win) and in a stacked division like this if we can reel off a 7–8 game streak which is possible, not likely, but possible we could put some distance in between us and the other teams. Look at Miami, they were plain horrible in April and now they are tied for first because of a couple of streaks. Got to keep plugging. I believe we have what it takes to be one of the wild card teams if nothing else in September. A division crown would be great but we got to start pitching better than we are before we worry about that

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