Braves quotes after Tuesday’s win over Yankees

**FREDI GONZALEZ

First question asked is about Kimbrel and his value to team, to which manager looked surprised

“Well we wouldn’t have gotten there if it wasn’t for Jason Heyward, you know?

“Kimbrel’s good. He’s been terrific. We all know he’s got a plus-plus fastball, but it seems he’s gotten to where he’s pitched. He throws breaking balls over for strikes on the first pitch, so guys can’t go out there hunting first pitch, they can’t ambush him. They’ve got to respect both his pitches. It’s been nice to go to him the last year-and-a-half and he’s been terrific.

“I thought our bullpen today bent a little bit but didn’t break, and it’s showing some signs of being the bullpen of last year. It’s tough to hold a one-run lead in this ballpark against that lineup, and we did it. It was a nice double-play ball by O’Flaherty, and Venters had a big strikeout to end the seventh.”

On Heyward’s strong throw and all-around performance

“He can change the game so many difference ways, offensively, defensively and on the basepath. And he did today. He ran for a triple, threw a guy out at the plate – we threw two guys out at the plate, because Chipper made a nice play on the other one with Teixiera [batting in the seventh] and cut that runner down.

“And Heyward had super at-bats today.”

On pair of 22-year-old with big hits today, Heyward and Simmons

“What have we got, three of them out there right now, with Freeman? It’s nice to see those guys playing on a big stage like this against a big team that’s hot as a firecracker. And we did a nice job on our approach at the plate. Not early on, but I think after the third inning we did a nice job against Kuroda to get his pitch count up.”

On Hudson laboring but making big pitch to strike out Granderson

“He made a couple of tough pitches. We put him behind the eight-ball in that fourth, when Freeman makes an error on that tough play, and then Chipper on that ball that’s hooking, the one that Martin it. I think he ended up throwing 20-plus pitches that inning and it kind of put him behind the eight-ball, but he’s a gamer. He’s a battler. It was good to see that we were able to get that run in the top of the inning and he gets a victory.”

Were you ready to take him out when you went out to chat with 2 on, 2 out in 5th?

“I was more worried about his ankle than I was his pitch count or his arm or who was coming up. And he assured me he could get the guy out. He didn’t tell me if it was Swisher or the baserunner at the plate [Fredi joking here], but he did a nice job.”

“He battles. The thing with the ankle – we’ve got to keep an eye on him. Whether he’s pitching or walking around, at the end of the day it’s going to bother him a little bit. So he gets an extra couple of days after today’s start, and maybe he’ll feel better again.”

On Venters’ working out of jam in seventh

“He’s been having some tough times, and I was glad to see him get out there and get through those guys and get a big punchout there to end the seventh. And then O’Flaherty, to induce a double play after he hit Andruw with a slider. So it was good. Like I said earlier, I think the back end of that bullpen is shaping up.”

**JASON HEYWARD

Can you take us through the throw you made to gun down the runner at home

“Right there you want to be in position to make sure you can try to make the best throw possible. I mean, if he hits it over your head the guy’s going to score. All you can do is make the best throw possible.”

You fielded it coming in hard and threw in one motion

“I got a good hop, almost as perfect as it could have went.”

Have you felt as good in the past week or so as the numbers indicate?

“Yes and no. But I’m working at it, man. All I can do is show up every day, try to go out there and compete, have some fun and try to contribute every night.”

On doing well against the team his grandfather used to watch

“It’s pretty cool. It’s a fun place to play, nice stadium. These six games here [between the Braves and Yankees], my two favorite teams growing up, it’s awesome to be able to play in both stadiums, have some fun, play some good baseball.”

On the triple, never slowed down?

“A little bit. It was in front of me so I had to see how he was going to play it. He had a little trouble off the wall, so I said I’ve got to try it.”

More on his strong throw home on Swisher’s single

“Right there it was do or die. It was still a close game. That’s what you want to do. You want to put yourself in position to be able to make that throw on ball hit in front of you.”

**TIM HUDSON

Nice job getting Swisher to hit it to Heyward (kidding)

“Yeah, it was great placement on my part…. I just didn’t make the pitch I wanted to. Fastball came back over the plate and he got a base hit. Luckily Heyward came up throwing. They had a fast guy at second, so it was nice.”

On the bullpen picking you up after the two-error inning

“Yeah, my bullpen did pick me up. The defense has been great behind me all year. There were a couple of plays – rocket to Chipper; I’m wondering if that’s really an error or not. Freddie’s a Gold Glove-caliber first baseman, so that’s kind of a flukey thing that he didn’t make that play. But it is what it is. You’ve just got to make pitches, and luckily it didn’t cost us the game.”

On Heyward’s game

“He shows flashes of greatness. Every now and again he shows you what he can do. Defensively he’s been awesome. He covers a lot of ground out there and he’s got a great arm, and he’s been coming up with some big hits for us lately. It’s nice to see.”

On Simmons’ game, big hits

“Yeah, he’s really good. I think the sky’s the limit for him. He’s definitely smooth out there in the field. I feel great having him behind me. He’s really starting to show that he can swing the bat up here at this level, too. He’s hit everywhere he’s been. It’s one of those things where there may not be a dropoff for him. He may be able to hit just as well here as he has other places. We’ll find out.”

How’s the ankle?

“It’s all right. It’s a struggle at times, but it is what it is. Got to take care of it, put the fire out, get ready for my next start.”

**ANDRELTON SIMMONS

On him and Heyward getting big hits

“The youngsters getting it done today.” [laughs]

On getting some hits to support Hudson on night when he grinded out some long innings

“He threw great. He made maybe one or two mistakes, but he threw great. We played pretty good defense behind him. Made two errors, but tough [plays]….

“Great throw by Jason, nailed that guy. We played pretty good baseball, executed pretty well with runners in scoring position. Relievers did a great job keeping the game where it was.”

How much fun is it to contribute hits, when some wondered if you were ready to hit at this level

“It feels great. I’m not concerned about [hitting]. I’m seeing the ball really well. I expect to do good, and when I’m not, if I miss a pitch I should have hit, I get upset. I feel like I should get a hit every at-bat, but especially when I get a good pitch. I feel like I’ve got to hit it well. Tonight I did it pretty well.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On his fourth-inning error

“I could have made the play. Sometimes the ball knuckles, sometimes the ball has top spin. Playing third base is a reaction position. Sometimes you’re going to whiff on some balls. You get in-between hops, that’s just part of the game. Got to stay in every pitch, or else the next one will be down your throat.”

On Heyward’s throw

“That’s the best throw I’ve seen him make. Especially under pressure. And he swung the bat good, too. He got us kind of kick-started there early, then put the icing on the cake late.”

On the win

“Solid game. Both pitchers probably didn’t have their best stuff, but the bullpens were up to the task tonight.”

On Heyward’s recent hitting

“About the last five days to a week, he’s probably swung the bat as well as anybody in the lineup. He’s been a tough out against lefties hanging in there. He’s starting to hit the ball the other way into the gaps. You know, we all know what kind of talent he has. He’s a five-tool player if healthy. That’s been the main thing thus far.”

On Simmons

“Simmy’s rolling. He continues to impress. We all know about the defense, but he’s got some big hits for us, too.”

On Venters

“Jonny continues to walk the tightrope. But he made the pitches when he had to and ended up getting out of the inning. I’d still like to see him string together some clean innings – no walks, no hits. But we’ll take it tonight.”

81 comments Add your comment

Trey

June 19th, 2012
11:32 pm

Thanks, DOB!

Brooks Conrad on a cracked but still functioning iPad2

June 19th, 2012
11:37 pm

I’m sure Jonny would like to see the same thing, Chipper.

Reid in EAV

June 19th, 2012
11:40 pm

Gosh, I needed that win. WE needed that win.

todd

June 19th, 2012
11:53 pm

I am sure Jonny would like to see Chipper get some hits and not act like a matador on a hard hit ball.

Jonathan

June 19th, 2012
11:54 pm

“well we wouldn’t have gotten there if it wasn’t for Jason Heyward, you know?”

What a jerk. Just answer the d*** kimbrel question. obviously you’re going to get besieged with heyward questions after.

Who Me?

June 19th, 2012
11:58 pm

FG is feeling it a little bit ain’t he? About time he started getting crusty in post-game interviews but he didn’t have to be an ass did he?

A W makes everybody better. Gotta fix the gaps Frank, this offense can’t carry this team.

NorCal Brave

June 20th, 2012
12:04 am

Glad the boys get to feel good about one game, anyway. At least they showed some fight.

brucearena

June 20th, 2012
12:05 am

i think someone finally told them they have 95 games left and are only 4 out

RG

June 20th, 2012
12:07 am

totally agree Jonathan. Gonzalez should focus on managing better and let the journalists ask the questions. Plus it sounds like he’s discounting Kimbrel’s contribution-which is interesting since he doesn’t use except in “save” situations.

northbeach Scott

June 20th, 2012
12:38 am

Man bites dog. Hell freezes over, the Braves beat the Yankees. At least we will not have to suffer with Fredi crawling on his knees and tipping his cap to his betters–embarrassing that he does it so much.

Jurrjens needs to be a man and step up to the rubber, as it were.

Go Jackets

June 20th, 2012
12:42 am

FG is a DWEEEB!

Stupid Suggestions

June 20th, 2012
12:44 am

The new hitting coach for the Braves is named Tommy John.

Stupid Suggestions

June 20th, 2012
12:44 am

That is, the new pitching coach is named Tommy John.

Brandon

June 20th, 2012
12:44 am

@jonathan – how was fredi being a jerk? in fact, usually people complain that he doesn’t give heyward any credit. Its not like he completely ignored the kimbrel question…he still went on to say how great kimbrel was

Mr. Reactionary

June 20th, 2012
12:48 am

Did we lose again tonight?

Fire Fredi! …. What? … OH! We WON!

Fredi for Manager Of The Year !

Brandon

June 20th, 2012
12:50 am

Thats right! Give Fredi an extension!!!

northbeach Scott

June 20th, 2012
12:53 am

I think Fredi could use some more active brain cells and perhaps a brain douche on the remaining grey matter to get some of the Booby Cox method of ruining young pitchers and horrendous in-game tactics out of his system.

Dan Struggla

June 20th, 2012
12:55 am

Are we still giving Freeman a pass? Okay.

Dolly Parton

June 20th, 2012
1:11 am

Tip your cap to THESE, Fredi.

-

Any chance we can sweet talk Bobby Cox out of retirement for a 2nd half run?

mr trade market

June 20th, 2012
2:49 am

TRADE MATT DIAZ, ERIC HINSKE AND PLAYER TO BE NAMED FOR SETH SMITH AND JONNY GOMES

MR TRADE DEADLINE

June 20th, 2012
2:50 am

BREAKING NEWS:

THE BRAVES TRADE ERIC HINSKE AND MATT DIAZ FOR 1 BAT BOY AND A BOX OF BASEBALLS :) lol

cowdogit

June 20th, 2012
2:51 am

Since the braves are not serious about winning they could have a fireworks show every night to entertain th e fans.

bravesgrl4life

June 20th, 2012
5:47 am

Oh, get over it people! Some of you can’t be happy without something to gripe about – SMH. the Braves won last night, and from what I got to watch, it was a pretty good game, outside the two errors. And those can happen to anyone.

Now, go get ‘em again, Braves!

Felix

June 20th, 2012
5:56 am

Huh? What? The Braves finally won a game? Against the Yankees? Well I’ll be.

NickGranite

June 20th, 2012
6:00 am

I’ll answer for Fredi. Kimbrel was so matter of fact about the way he utterly annihilated the top of the Yankee order in the bottom of the ninth in his first appearance at THAT stadium, it was scary good. No wasted balls. 98/99 fastballs and unhittable curves. As good as it gets is the right answer Fredi.

shorty

June 20th, 2012
6:18 am

Fire Fredi! This was one win by the TEAM not by by clueless Fredi!

BravesfaninAugusta

June 20th, 2012
6:52 am

Wow no questions:comments about Heyward’s base-running blunder which kept another run off the board? Yes, Jason more than made up for it but that was huge at the time

OTP

June 20th, 2012
6:59 am

Well, at least the so-called manager did not lose the game for them this time. I had hoped FG would be good, because I was tired of Bobby Cox; however, I think BC could do a better job in a wheelchair. At least BC has a personality.

shorty

June 20th, 2012
7:04 am

I agree totally OTP

ButterMilk Tuesdays

June 20th, 2012
7:04 am

We won, great… now, next step… fire Gonzalez.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

June 20th, 2012
7:06 am

@ OTP: Well, he tried to sabotage it there with Venters, but his plan didn’t pan out this time.

Ralph

June 20th, 2012
7:10 am

Fredi was the luckiest man in the world with Venters getting out of that JAM, if he hadn’t Fredi would have been in a hell of a JAM/

Carl Farvman

June 20th, 2012
7:43 am

These quotes after games are so inane. What is the point? Every response is typical canned jock responses. We could fill in the blanks without having to be in the locker room or even see the game.

About Jason H throw to the plate: We all know Jason has a big league arm, etc., etc., etc.

Gosh,…………………..

SMOLTZ 29

June 20th, 2012
8:03 am

Hinske couldn’t hit water if he fell out of the boat right now! MERCY

Double Zero Eight

June 20th, 2012
8:19 am

At last!
I have no complaints.
Wait a minute, I have one.
I wish that Uggla would stop trying to hit a home
run at practically “every at bat”, and just try to make
contact for a change.

SpideyMatt

June 20th, 2012
8:27 am

Thanks, DOB. C’mon Bravos!!! Let’s take this series today!!!

beachcomber

June 20th, 2012
8:33 am

That was about as good a performance by Kimbrel as I’ve witnessed last night – just blew through three of the tougher hitters in baseball. A lot of good things happened last night taking some of the string out of Beachy’s situation.

Mets R Best

June 20th, 2012
8:34 am

I see where the hapless Braves finally won a game. What do you know! Well congratulations Braves fans! Have you guys noticed that the Mighty New York Metropolitans are in their rightful place, which is ahead of Atlanta in the standings? Of course it is hard for a team like Atlanta with its inferior players and coaches to compete against the superior talents of players like David Wright, Johan Santana, and R.A. Dickey.

HINDSKY

June 20th, 2012
8:45 am

Here’s an idea . . . when Hinske plays, I suggest leaning over INTO the pitch so it hits YOU . . . that’s the only HIT you will get. Otherwise you are the DO (designated OUT). There’s not a player on the bench other than Ross that deserves to put on a uniform. SAD! Send them all down and bring up minor league players . . . can’t be any worse!

bruce

June 20th, 2012
8:54 am

thanks David

Von Trapp

June 20th, 2012
9:00 am

Chipper should be the DH………..Not Hinske..Keep Chipper off the field so he doesn’t get hit by a line drive…………….Isn’t that the goal? To keep him healthy and hitting??

64 year Braves fan

June 20th, 2012
9:05 am

How about bringing up RH batting 1st baseman from Gwinnet (Mejias) to platoon with Freeman until
he figures out how to hit l.h. pitching? Release Hinske and bring back Costanza.

64 year Braves fan

June 20th, 2012
9:07 am

Also move Uggla (Mr. K) to bat 8th and move Simmons up in the batting order.

Dawg Fud

June 20th, 2012
9:11 am

Watched every pitch and it was awesome. Thank goodness we pulled it out. Hate that we play mid0day today but maybe that will do us some good and take the crowd out of it.

Ted Abernathy

June 20th, 2012
9:12 am

1 out of 5 from the Yankees, I’ll take that.

bill

June 20th, 2012
9:13 am

Truth is this was a typical Braves game Uggla popped up with men in scoring position or he struck out. . Chipper made a great back hand play and an error earlier on a ball he should have handled.. Heyward played good defense but much like last year he looked stupid on the bases making the third out at third and negating the second run on his timely hit. I would like to know if he ran on his own or did the third base coach beckon him to third. Did the third base coach have the stop sign up when he rounded second. Basic baseball: make the turn follow the coaches direction . Do not turn your head the coach has the play in front of him. I see no improvement just this time our errors did not cost us the game because the Yankees were not playing at the top of their game. I hate the Yankees but they are the supeior team by far. The Braves are one of the better second teir teams.

Barbara

June 20th, 2012
9:17 am

We win WOW. I see Fredi got off his behind and actually went to the mound to talk to Huddy. Poor Minor didn’t get the same the night before. Maybe Management scolded Fredi and the hapless McDowell for ignoring Minor. Uggla is useless yet Fredi keeps putting his favorite in the cleanup spot. And Braves management please lose Hinske. He is an automatic out. We have a very good team who needs a good manager and pitching coach. Try to get Rocky out of retirement

Whiskey River

June 20th, 2012
9:18 am

WOW They won. Give everybody a cookie to celebrate,it won’t last long.

bill

June 20th, 2012
9:21 am

IF YOU DON’T THINK THE YANKEES ARE SPECIAL… WHAT THE RESPONSE BE IF THE BRAVES WANTED A 1.2 BILLION DOLLAR STADIUM?

ncbravesfan

June 20th, 2012
9:29 am

Now the Braves only have to win their next six to get back all of those games they lost the past couple of weeks. Should be a piece of cake.

Brooklyn Braves Brawler

June 20th, 2012
9:35 am

Amazing, the ledge jumpers on this blog blame Fredi, even when the Bravos win!

Dawgdad (The Original)

June 20th, 2012
9:38 am

Heyward had a great game and I want to give him credit. Either he is handling the inside pitch or the pitchers have been unable to put it there. Hopefully, it is the first thing, and this is the start of him becoming what he can become. He looks comfortable at the plate again.

Kimbrel is awesome, and what a luxury to him make it an 8 inning game for the opposition.

Tumbledown

June 20th, 2012
9:44 am

The Braves are a deadlock cinch to lose tonight. Book it.

Brandon

June 20th, 2012
10:31 am

@bill – what base running blunders from last year did heyward make? heyward has ALWAYS been known for good base running instincts.

And to answer your question: snitker gave heyward the signal to slide. He was not told to hold up.

Heyward gets a pass on that one not just because of his overall great game, but also because of all the good that he has done on the base paths throughout his career. Can’t complain about the way heyward is playing right now.

IHEARTCARROLL

June 20th, 2012
10:32 am

Why yesterday did everyone want DOB to tell FG how to manage a baseball team, but they get so upset when FG tells DOB how to do an interview ?

jim

June 20th, 2012
10:39 am

Interesting to see the lineup today.
If Chipper is DH, does Diaz play LF or Francisco 3B?
Will Uggla still hit 4th?
Will Heyward still hit 7th and Simmons 8th?

PMC

June 20th, 2012
10:40 am

Time to move Simmons and Heyward up, and maybe McCann down in the lineup.

Mac is hitting like a regular catcher now.

jim

June 20th, 2012
10:42 am

“Braves are deadlock cinch to lose tonight. Book it!”

Wel since the game starts at 1 PM, they will definitely not lose tonight. Let’s root for them to win this afternoon.

Brave New World

June 20th, 2012
10:44 am

I’m sure Jason Heyward doesn’t read the inane comments about him from the dolts on this blog.

Brandon

June 20th, 2012
10:46 am

lineup: bourn 8 prado 7 mccann dh uggla 4 freeman 3 heyward 9 simmons 6 francisco 5 ross 2

PaulG

June 20th, 2012
10:55 am

Maybe the only one who will appreciate this is nickB…the data says- yes, we need more studies – is that managers play a minor role in a teams performance…maybe 4-6 games over the year for a top manager…so get over Fredi….it’s the players we need…..save your bile for Wrenn

jim

June 20th, 2012
11:00 am

What is the story with the lineup?
Need Ross to catch Hanson to minimize the SB? OR
McCann can’t catch two days in a row with an off day tomorrow? OR
Chipper unable to go again?

Whiskey River

June 20th, 2012
11:30 am

@jim Good morning. Chipper can’t play today because they were celebrating with milk and cookies and he ate too much and got a tummy ache.

David O'Brien

June 20th, 2012
11:54 am

Why yesterday did everyone want DOB to tell FG how to manage a baseball team, but they get so upset when FG tells DOB how to do an interview ? — IHEARTCARROLL

That’s a very good point, actually.

(I would just add that I didn’t ask that first question about Kimbrel; that was a TV guy. I did ask the next one, about Heyward.)

Base Running

June 20th, 2012
11:55 am

Also, Heyward almost got thrown out on the triple. Once again never make the first or third out at third base.

Base Running

June 20th, 2012
12:00 pm

Does anybody have any stats on what percentage of pitches Heyward swings and misses? It seems like he swings and misses a lot of pitches right down the middle. Is his swing too long?

Tumbledown

June 20th, 2012
12:05 pm

Ok, the Braves are a deadlock cinch to lose this afternoon. Happy?

Whiskey River

June 20th, 2012
12:13 pm

@Tumbledown Why is everyone getting excited over one win. WOW that is very exciting? Got lucky. The BOSS made a crucial error. He was supposed to DH today. Said he was to ggood to play DH so just gave him day off. SENED THE BOSS TO THE HOUSE.. He needs to work on his marriage and walk away from the game while he still can.

Brandon

June 20th, 2012
12:19 pm

@Base Running – if heyward doesn’t stretch that double to a triple, the braves probably don’t score that inning.

To answer your question about swings and misses, whenever the ball is in the strike zone, heyward makes contact 78.2 % of the time…that is quite low compared to his 87.1% in 2010 and even his 85.3% last season. However, he seems to be making contact more and more so hopefully thats a good sign.

Whiskey River

June 20th, 2012
12:21 pm

@Brandon HE’s doing better than UGGLA AND THE BOSS.

jim

June 20th, 2012
12:32 pm

Brandon is correct. If Heyward stayed at 2nd, the Braves would not have scored as the inning progressed. I would rather see someone thrown out making an aggressive move than to see the situation that happened in the 8th inning in the previous series, where the Braves had first and third (tying run) with Bourn on first and Prado batting and there was no attempt to steal or hit and run, and a DP resulted. The Braves are not often going to out hit or out slug the Yankees. They need to make things happen on the bases whenever they have the chance.

Whiskey River

June 20th, 2012
12:36 pm

@jim You and Brandon are correct. I waws referring to the swings and misses.

jim

June 20th, 2012
12:39 pm

Base Running,
Why so much effort to pick apart Heyward’s game? He has better numbers than McCann and Freeman, strikes out less than Uggla, and plays with more intensity than Jones. If you want to talk about base running deficiencies, why not mention how often McCann gets thrown out at 2B on a ball played off the right field wall, or Freeman throwing his hand up that high on a slide into second base?

The Truth....

June 20th, 2012
12:39 pm

Good win for the Bravos…I’ll take back my trade everyone Whiskey…I guess I’m just a frustrated Braves fan. Come on..Lets get it rolling today!! GO BRAVES!

jim

June 20th, 2012
12:51 pm

Brandon,
I don’t have numbers, just observation, but too many of that 78% are foul balls on hittable pitches (not ones where he is trying to just stay alive) The same goes for Freeman (especially when he is in one of his cold streaks. With stats like BABIP, it would be interesting to chart “good” and “bad” fouls (spoil a pitch to stay alive vs foul off a hittable pitch in a favorable count) and see how that would correlate with batting average. Heyward is going to swing and miss more often than we would like, but if he can cut down on the number of bad fouls we will see him blossom into a high OPS hitter.

Whiskey River

June 20th, 2012
12:58 pm

@The Truth Don’t get too excited over one win. Heyward won that one for us. He can’t win very many more for us because it might take away the Boss’s limelight and he will see that that does not happen. As long as you got the Boss, you won’t win many.

Brandon

June 20th, 2012
12:59 pm

very true jim…the fact that he’s fouling off or missing a lot of good pitches also puts him behind in the count many times, which makes him more susceptible to bad pitches and less walks.

beaufish

June 20th, 2012
1:39 pm

Our roll players suck fransico and hinski need to be replaced if we want to make a run at this

beaufish

June 20th, 2012
1:42 pm

Did anyone see hansons girlfriend in the stands she is so hot

SC Brave

June 20th, 2012
1:59 pm

All these comments and nothing about Freeman being back in the lineup. On TV they said the Braves averaged 2 more runs a game when he is in the lineup. Last night, a walk resulting in a run and quietly moving McCann from 2nd to 3rd to eventually score the winning run. That is why they need him. He does what he is supposed to do. Also today he just hit a 400 ft home run to dead center. Give these young guys some credit. They all will be good in time but they are 1st and 2nd year players.

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