Braves quotes after Friday’s win against Red Sox

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Jurrjens’ performance

“Command was excellent. He had some differential on the changeup to the fastball. Slider had tilt, and he pitched ahead in the count and made some pitches when he had to.

“He was terrific. He really was terrific. I guess it’s a little easier to pitch in the big leagues than it is Triple-A.”

“I was looking forward to watching him pitch today, and now I’m excited about the way he pitched, and keep going. I mean, this is the J.J. of last year when he was going and made the All-Star team. It’s a nice lift.”

He get tired a little in the eighth?

“I thought it was just a great outing. I didn’t want him to face Pedroia the fourth time around and we had good numbers with Durbin against Pedroia.”

What kind of lift can this be for the team, considering Beachy’s injury?

“Big time. Because I’m sure these guys, we’re all thinking Beachy’s been a big part of our pitching staff, last year and then this year. He goes down with Tommy John and we’ve got to look to somebody to pick us up. JJ hadn’t pitched particularly well at the beginning of this year, and he came out today and was lights-out. So it’s a big lift. It really is a big lift.”

Seemed like he mixed his pitches and kept them off balance

“When you can throw a change-up in any count and can throw a slider and 90-91 mph fastball, it looks like 93-94 and he commanded it. He had all three pitches working. When you get three pitches working in the big leagues, you do that – you go eight innings and give up two or three hits and one run, and have the opportunity to throw a shutout.”

What did you tell him afterward?

“I don’t him it was a hell of an outing. I really did. I told him the same thing I told you guys – that International League [Triple-A] has got to be a tough league, because his numbers, if you look at his ERA and some others… And he comes out today against the Red Sox, who’ve been as hot as a firecracker, and did a nice job navigating through that lineup.”

Given what he did in Triple-A, you surprised by his outing tonight?

“No, because sometimes some of the numbers are skewed a little bit, and the reports we got from Triple-A were good. He really worked on trying to make that fastball-changeup differential do what it did today, and he came out and did a nice job.”

On Heyward’s continued surge

“He is really – he was what, 3-for-4 today? Couple of doubles, swinging the bat well. Hope that continues with him. And you see Freeman get a couple of hits. We did a nice job situational hitting early in the game, got some runs, and we were able to add on some runs there late with the [heart of] their lineup coming up in the ninth.”

On Simmons looking like a veteran with runners in scoring position

“He’s done a good job, hasn’t he? He got a great at-bat, had a sac fly, an RBI double – he did that the other night also in New York, he got a double with people on base. He’s doing fine. I’m more excited about some of the plays that he’s made defensively. The offense, for me that’s gravy.”

**JAIR JURRJENS

On his night, how it felt to be back out there pitching so well

“Awesome. That’s the only word I can come up with. It felt great. There’s no word to describe how good I felt.”

“I wanted to come and have fun. That’s what I’ve been trying to do, just come and have fun again. Not worry so much about results, just go out and have fun.”

How to explain doing so much better here than he did in Triple-A?

“That’s a hard question to answer. Like I said, I was just trying to simplify things as much as possible and just worry about myself and just don’t try to do too much, just do as good as I could do and try to keep my team in the ballgame.”

Were you determined to show you could do this, that you belonged back up here?

“I didn’t try to come and show anything. I just tried to come and give my team a good game. It’s not the first time I’m doing this. I don’t think I needed to show anybody. I just needed to go out there and pitch my game and have fun.”

On going to more changeups second time through order

“To go against Ortiz and Gonzalez, two of the best guys in the league, when it comes around the second and third time you try to change it up, keep them off balance, make them hit my pitch.”

Confident with the stuff you had tonight, going forward?

“Yeah. There’s still a lot of room to improve, still a lot of work to do. Just going to keep working hard and keep getting ready for every start.”

Did you go to the minors and work on becoming more focused?

“It wasn’t nothing about focus, I was just lacking strength. Going down there and having me correct and get back to my delivery and get my strength back again. I’ve been working hard, with the pitching coach, Marty Reed, and the trainer, Matt Parvis. I’ve been working hard with them every day and you can see the hard work paying off today.”

McCann said you looked even better than first half last season because you threw a little harder

“The strength is coming back slowly. Just something I need to keep working hard on the rest of the season this year, just keep my eye on it, keep stretching out and stay flexible.”

Was it a matter of improving strength and confidence in the minors?

“It was more strengthening stuff. I was not able to stay back and push off like I wanted to, which made the pitches stay up and the velocity was down.”

How’s the knee now?

“It’s better. Still a lot of room to improve, a lot more strength to get. It’s going to take time. Just keep my eye on it and keep pushing through it.”

On velocity being 90-91 first few innings, 88-89 later

“I just went through the lineup first time through and threw a lot of fastballs, then the next time through tried to change speeds a little.”

Did you get a little tired the eighth?

“I got a little tired.”

Tired mentally and physically, with it being your first start back?

“Physically. Mentally was good. It was a little hot out there. I left a couple of pitches up and paid for it.”

**BRIAN McCANN

On Jurrjens’ performance and the lift for the team

“That was awesome. He was able to work both sides of the plate tonight with both his fastball and changeup. I think he sat between 88-92 [mph], sank it, four-seamed it, then worked his changeup the same way, four-seamed it and two-seamed it. Spotted up his slider. And when he’s doing that, he’s been a top-of-rotation starter for us for four years. And to get him back, to see his velocity where it needs to be, that’s a great sign for everybody in here, including himself.”

Did he look like he did last year before the All-Star break?

“He looked better. He was throwing harder, and I think when you’re able to get inside on lefties with his stuff, that opens up so many different opportunities calling a game. You can go a lot more places. He’s able to get lefties to pop balls up and get it by them.”

What was he like out there, what were you guys saying?

“It was great to see him back. He’s had some injuries, and obviously … it’s all about his velocity. When he’s able to get inside on guys, the way he pitches it opens up everything. It was a plus for all of us, because he’s a guy that can give us a lift for the rest of the year and beyond.”

At a needed time, obviously?

“Absolutely.”

On Sox pitcher Jon Lester

“That’s the best stuff that you’re going to face from the left side. You don’t face guys that have front-door cutters and work both sides of the plate and also his fastball’s at 95. So for us to peck away at him was huge for all of us in here, and Jair took care of the rest.”

On Heyward’s continued surge

“It’s fun to watch. I mean, the guy can do everything on a baseball field. One of the best things I like to do is watch him go first to third. There’s no one in baseball, I think, who gets from first to third any faster. It’s like 10 steps and he’s sliding into third. Did that tonight, played great defense, and he’s swinging the bat.”

77 comments Add your comment

Tera

June 23rd, 2012
12:45 am

So glad JJ had a great outing! I hope he can keep working at it and keep it up. Rooting for you!!

David from Athens, AL

June 23rd, 2012
12:45 am

Bravefaninok

June 23rd, 2012
12:49 am

Thanks DOB…WTG Jair!!!

ACE

June 23rd, 2012
12:51 am

Great job by JJ when this team really needed a lift.

drbasic

June 23rd, 2012
12:54 am

WOWWWW

June 23rd, 2012
12:57 am

wowwwww im very happy with Jurrjens performance!!!!!!

this game is the best of his carrer only maybe behind the 1 hitter shutout against Orioles last season..

but come on vs Redsox , 1st game coming for AAA stint and playing at Fenway Park…

it’s kind of special game for Jurrjens….

GO BRAVES!!!

Braveoneastside

June 23rd, 2012
1:01 am

Mac – Heyward goes from 1st to 3rd faster than anyone in BB – in 10 steps.
Heyward although not their yet – Lebron type ability. Tex said of the ball that Jason hit was the hardest hit ball he’s seen – couldn’t play the next day.

YoungerThan ThatNow

June 23rd, 2012
1:01 am

Thanks DOB… and great job JJ!! This was a great effort tonight on every front!

GO BRAVES!!

blauser-lemke

June 23rd, 2012
1:05 am

Jurrjens pitched like Greg Maddux … with a total control of the corners ,,throwing the ball low in the zone and mixing the fastball with his changeup like a Cy Young Caliber pitcher…

GOOOOO!

slydog

June 23rd, 2012
1:11 am

this just further proves that JJ was sulking about his place on the team and his contract. i think 80% of the fans and the media could have predicted this outing, including the Braves themselves.

B_F 54

June 23rd, 2012
1:14 am

Miles and miles and miles of heart JJ hard worker great game from a gamer

Who Me?

June 23rd, 2012
1:32 am

gotta give JJ props for making it right on his first outing back. He took a stand and the bats came around. Now that the offense is working the count again the hits have come way up. Dan doesn’t need to be batting 4 or 5 right now, looks like he’s pressing a bit, maybe move Simmons up a couple of slots for a week or so?

NOmo

June 23rd, 2012
1:41 am

Great game Braves! Got to get Heyward into the 3-4 spot in the batting order. McCann and Uggla were a combined 1-9? Uggla left 6 men on base? Not cleaning up at all. Go get em JJ!

Rowsdower

June 23rd, 2012
1:54 am

@slydog – The man was hurt. To pitch at the level he has demonstrated means he’s healthy again. I hope he continues to strenghten his legs and is a major plus for the rest of the season.

Stay healthy JJ. You’re amazing when you are!

HOF 10

June 23rd, 2012
4:48 am

OK, now let’s not dog JJ next time he has a bad outing. Key to me is he’s above 90 again. I think that gives him the confidence to not try and be too fine, and then he can hit his spots. Even with the reduced velocity earlier in the season, I think he could have gotten people out if he’d had the control of past seasons.

Ralph

June 23rd, 2012
7:09 am

What a difference 3 days can make to your morale!

Ralph

June 23rd, 2012
7:12 am

3 games ago I thought we were done, now I have high hopes again. I can’t believe I have nothing to complain about. GO BRAVES!

Brave New World

June 23rd, 2012
7:56 am

Welcome back JJ!

Blaze

June 23rd, 2012
7:59 am

At HOF 10…….Kudos! I couldn’t agree more. He is a quality pitcher when healthy.

braveshoo

June 23rd, 2012
8:02 am

Please no trades. Rely on your players and the minors if necessary. Let our young players continue to improve.

Skeezix

June 23rd, 2012
8:20 am

Congrats to JJ! He looked like the JJ of old last night. One of the best pitching performances of the season by a Brave.
Boy did the Braves need that after Beachy was TJ’ed.
Kimbrel has so much confidence now—he is simply mowing them down.
Jason—awesome!

the truth...

June 23rd, 2012
8:27 am

my question……………..

Why is it taking so long for a young man under thirty to stengthen his legs? I’m in my sixties, and understand waning strength…………but for a kid?

Mets R Best

June 23rd, 2012
8:33 am

Good morning third place Braves fans. What do you know? The Braves have actually won three games. Well the Mighty New York Mets won again last night, beating the great Andy Pettitte of the powerful New York Yankees. This once again demonstrates Metropolitan superiority over all other NL East teams. Soon, not long now, the Magnificent and Marvelous Mets will overtake the Nats and then remain firmly in first place for the remainder of the season.

Dingo

June 23rd, 2012
8:36 am

JJ’s pitching made me happy as a tornado in a trailer park.

Tampa Gator

June 23rd, 2012
9:06 am

I posted the other day I would be happy with 6 innings and 3 runs given up……but said a miracle could happen and he could pitch better than that…..well…..he did….and I hope it was not a miracle….but him getting healthier and stronger. He pitched great. Welcome back to the BIGS….JJ.

Tampa Gator

June 23rd, 2012
9:08 am

Mets R Best……

You certainly have great pitching…..not sure about the rest.

Whiskey River

June 23rd, 2012
9:12 am

@Mets R Best Why don’t you put the crack away and lay off the bottle? Then maybe you will wake up from your dreamland.

john1010

June 23rd, 2012
9:19 am

Welcome back, JJ!!! Faith is the evidence of things not seen! Heb. 11

Dr. Robert

June 23rd, 2012
9:31 am

JJ is back! It’s obvious that the knee injury messed up his mechanics, and weakened his leg strength, so I am happy for him to get back to his former abilities. I hope he finishes the year on a roll and the Braves resign him. He is a young Maddux when he pitches like he did last night.

Yogi Berra

June 23rd, 2012
9:39 am

@8:33…Good morning! Thanks for the joke. We needed a laugh this morning. lol!

Agree Whiskey…
Great game JJ..and thanks to pitching coach MARTY REED and trainer Matt Parvis. Maybe Reed should be in Atlanta and McDowell in AAA.
God bless USA,

El Bravo

June 23rd, 2012
9:44 am

@the truth, the problem with a knee injury for a pitcher is that you begin to favor it and your mechanics get out of whack. The problem is not so much regaining strength but regaining confidence on the knee and relearning the mechanics. Had he shot it down as soon as the problem started he would not be in this predicament because his mechanics wouldn’t have gotten so bad.

Quack Quack

June 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

Awesome job JJ. Welcome back. Now take a deep breath, 1 down, 17 to go!!

GO BRAVES!!

double

June 23rd, 2012
9:46 am

Errors/Excuses none needed,thank you.

Michael

June 23rd, 2012
9:51 am

Glad you got it all figured out for us, mets r best. Now we don’t have to play the rest of the season.

Whiskey River

June 23rd, 2012
9:55 am

@Michael He is so high on crack and alcohol that he is just living in his own little world. Just ignore the jerk. He will wake up at the end of the year.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

June 23rd, 2012
10:07 am

GO BRAVES!

Fire Havana Fats!

Cecil Upshaw

June 23rd, 2012
10:29 am

Give him credit. This is his day. Go Braves!

bulldozer

June 23rd, 2012
10:34 am

Great win. Terrific ballgame. Though I do wonder what this do for JJ in arbitration this winter if he continues mowing down hitters like last night

Dawgdad (The Original)

June 23rd, 2012
10:44 am

Impressed with JJ and Heyward, never expected to be. Both, seem to be coming on! Some of the other guys need to get hot and take over when Heyward cools. You can’t have one man carry the team the whole season. Chip, Hinske, and Freeman need to get it going.

Let's Go

June 23rd, 2012
10:49 am

Hey Mets R Best @ 8:33

Guess you missed the part about the Braves taking 2 out of 3 from the powerful NY Yankees. The Braves beat real pitchers not some over the hill, PED using has been. Also, hope the Mets will still be above 500 when they come to Turner field after the All Star break.

Let's Go

June 23rd, 2012
10:57 am

I know the Braves home record hasn’t been good but hopefully a lot of that has to do with all the road games and short homestands that have been few and far between. After this series the Braves have 15 out of their next 18 at home with the all start break in their too so with some home cooking and needed rest the next 3 weeks could be big for this team.

reckingball

June 23rd, 2012
11:08 am

MetsRBest–8:33am……….AKA NostraDumbazz the 2nd, while you are making predictions, how about giving up the winning PowerBall numbers for tonight’s drawing.
I could use some spare cash. haha.
go braves!

Whiskey River

June 23rd, 2012
11:10 am

@Dawgdad You have got to be kidding. Chipper is not going to step up to anything pertaining to helping the team. All he wants is the gifts and the glory. He has a HOF career ,but he hung around too long.

Whiskey River

June 23rd, 2012
11:12 am

Go get him reckingball. I got your back.

bobbymahlon

June 23rd, 2012
11:12 am

Another guy that is doing it all of course is Simmons. He does so many little things right that can go unnoticed. I don’t expect him to continue to be a .300 hitter but it’s nice while it lasts. If he ever gets to be the hitter he is right now he will be a great player to have for years to come. He makes defense look to easy.

Brandon

June 23rd, 2012
11:13 am

@Let’s Go – andy pettitte has still pitched strong like when in his prime. it hard to call him over the hill right now

Whiskey River

June 23rd, 2012
11:14 am

A super star in the making.

Whiskey River

June 23rd, 2012
11:18 am

@Brandon Pettitte retired for a reason. The only reason he came back was the$$$$$

Big Country

June 23rd, 2012
11:33 am

Has anyone heard from Amy lately?

Don Corleone

June 23rd, 2012
11:42 am

The Sandusky story gives Don Corleone the creeps.
Hang him by his thumbs in the public square for a month or two.

Brandon

June 23rd, 2012
11:58 am

@whiskey river – a 3.29 ERA in 54.2 innings, close to a strikeout per inning and a 1.098 whip. He has those stats in the american league east, and those are his stats after he gave up the 5 runs last night. over the hill you say?

Largo

June 23rd, 2012
12:01 pm

Great, Great job, JJ. Happy for you.

Let's Go

June 23rd, 2012
12:02 pm

ESPN is reporting Kevin Youkilis should be traded any day now and it’s probably between the White Sox and one NL team (Braves, Dbacks, or Dodgers). Says the Braves have been scoting Youkilis for a couple of weeks.

Largo

June 23rd, 2012
12:21 pm

Mets R Best. . .Want to talk about how things turned out when your team played the yankees on 8, 9, and 10 June. Didn’t hear from you during that series.

DoninAcworth

June 23rd, 2012
12:24 pm

I just knew it might happen…..Youkilis! JJ is for real on “get-r-done!” And Simmons
looks for real. Take advantage of all this and if Heyward is for real then we just might
give the Nats some compitition. Go Braves!

henry tn

June 23rd, 2012
12:26 pm

most managers would have took jj out after he gave,up the double it was easy to see he as out of gas—the braves have a gem in Simmons….

Whiskey River

June 23rd, 2012
12:33 pm

OK I am back. Had to make a pizza run. Yes Brandon he is over the hill. He retired. He should have stayed there.

Chris

June 23rd, 2012
12:48 pm

Heyward is the fastest going from 1st to 3rd? i guess he hasnt seen mike trout yet

74bravesjersey

June 23rd, 2012
1:20 pm

Hey fredi, I think this shortshop kid does some prettygood biscuits w/that gravy. I say he’s beyond the fixins. I think the main course is clutch all together. Fredi can talk up about his players just like as thoughthey were food,Huh!

Tamacun el vengador errante

June 23rd, 2012
1:21 pm

Para los que culpan a Fredi de todo lo malo que pasa con los bravos que de bravos no tienen nada.por que no lo culpan tambien cuando las cosas salen bien. paren de faltarle el respeto al hombre pues que lo haga mal o bien no hay razon para ofenderlo, respetense a utedes mismo.

74bravesjersey

June 23rd, 2012
1:28 pm

Mabey the taste of the minors got JJ fired up & on a strong focus in his game, I’m glad success came you’re way JJ, keep this approach. You’re demeanor on the mound exuberated much confidence, the opportunity you took to proove people wrong is such sweet reward. Keep it going JJ, I was one of those who criticized you, lambashed you, tonight, you proved me wrong, & I’m glad of it. Use this to you’re advantage Bro. Keep that FIRE Burning!

Whiskey River

June 23rd, 2012
1:28 pm

@Spanish jerk Anya Hasimika Yobosayo, Miki Lau Sau Moga Moga CHI CHI Kisa Ligi Li So now you think you are smart. I have another language too jerk.

Whiskey River

June 23rd, 2012
1:29 pm

@74braves jersey I hope you are right.

Ed

June 23rd, 2012
1:46 pm

What Jair Jurrjens did last night was one of the most impressive things I have ever seen from a Braves player. I mean, this guy was down and out, nobody gave him a chance in hell, and he came into Fenway park on a Friday night in midseason and just cut that lineup to pieces. Really, really proud of him. Outstanding.

Ed

June 23rd, 2012
1:46 pm

What Jair Jurrjens did last night was one of the most impressive things I have ever seen from a Braves player. I mean, this guy was down and out, nobody gave him a chance in hell, and he came into Fenway park on a Friday night in midseason and just cut that lineup to pieces. Really, really proud of him. Outstanding.

Busch Leaguer

June 23rd, 2012
2:28 pm

While Braves fans are talking about acquiring a starting pitcher compare the folloing stats:
W L G GS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA
4 7 13 13 74 62 35 34 6 37 60 4.12 Pitcher A
3 5 13 13 77 64 38 35 11 22 72 4.07 Pitcher B
If the Braves were talking about trading a top prospect or prospects away to Acquire a pitcher which one of the two pitchers above would you want, Or should the Braves stay with their young pitchers and hope that last nights version of JJ will last the rest of the season.
By the way pitcher A is Randell Delgado and pitcher B is Matt Garza.Delgado has faced better teams than Garza and had about the same results.

esasc4

June 23rd, 2012
2:28 pm

Now wren, go get wandy and saunders, trade uggla for a power outfielder, move prado to second, get wilson and hinske off the bench, trade for a utility infielder, and a hard throwing reliever then we would be set to make a run at the nats and mets.

Amy

June 23rd, 2012
2:50 pm

Good afternoon guys. If anyone is listening, I have a quick question. I recently paid for MLB extra innings. WHY CAN’T I GET IT. I CAN’T FIND OUR GAME. Somebody please answer.

Whiskey River

June 23rd, 2012
3:03 pm

@Amy I Don’t know where you are, but it is one of the games on Fox. If it is not on your Fox, sorry you will just get a score.

Busch Leaguer

June 23rd, 2012
3:11 pm

@Amy
The Braves and Red Sox are on Fox ’s national /regional coverage tonight at 7pm.If you do not live in the northeast or southeast you will most likely get the Dodgers ans Angels game.

Amy

June 23rd, 2012
3:16 pm

Thank guys. I am in San Francisco. So guess out of luck. IT’S NOT FAIR

Octavius

June 23rd, 2012
3:26 pm

Other than try to kill the ball, does Uggly have any other approach to hitting?

Amy

June 23rd, 2012
3:47 pm

Thanks guys. Got to go God Bless. Go Braves!

Whiskey River

June 23rd, 2012
3:53 pm

Gone fishin See Ya

74bravesjersey

June 23rd, 2012
7:07 pm

Hey Whisk; catch me big’un, love me some Bass!

74bravesjersey

June 23rd, 2012
7:14 pm

Remove wilson, hinske(much as I’d hate to),Diaz(though he has brought some heart),Francisco(my patience-gone w/ flailin’unbalanced swing, replace them w/ parazz,inf-utility,Gattis,LF thumper,Durango& Constanza OF/def.rep.pr&ph(both have speed).

[...] AJC quotes following Friday’s win. Jair Jurrjens: “It wasn’t nothing about focus, I was just lacking strength. Going down there and having me correct and get back to my delivery and get my strength back again… It was more strengthening stuff. I was not able to stay back and push off like I wanted to, which made the pitches stay up and the velocity was down.” [...]

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