Braves quotes after Friday’s loss to Nationals

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On coming back after rough start

“A lot of spirit and Simmons hitting that home run tied the ball game and they got a quick strike with their home run. You still feel pretty good, first and second there and some guys at the plate. It seemed like that was all night. We had some people on….We had Detwiler on the ropes a few times and couldn’t punch him through until late in the game when Simmons hit the home run and we got four runs in that inning.”

On Delgado

“Delgado didn’t pitch particularly well but I thought that third inning he goes out after laboring through the first couple innings with a high pitch count. He gets out the first two guys, quick outs, and then we didn’t help him much after that. we made some mistakes behind him and got his pitch count up to 90 pitches for four innings. The good thing is we battled back and made it a hell of a game. And I think it’s going to be this way against these guys for the next 12, 13 games that we play them.”

On pitcher needing to cover that, but this case extreme

“He did, he covered it. I think the next guy got another groundball. Three errors? And Simmy is trying to backpick there with LaRoche, the runner at second base. Just put him [Delgado] in a hole. if that inning maybe works a little different he gets that next guy, gets a 1-2-3 inning, he may be able to breathe a little bit and go five or six. But we put him behind the 8-ball there in that inning.”

The way your bench is composed, is there much you do can besides have Hinske swinging away?

“You could do a couple different things if you want to but you feel like with ‘Ski at the plate being a left-handed hitter, that he’s going to get a pitch that he can at least hit to the right side and if it goes through, it goes through. It was a change-up down and away, good pitch by Clippard and ‘Ski popped it up to the center fielder.”

On not expecting Jack Wilson to botch a groundball, and maybe a youthful error by Simmons?

“Yeah I think Simmy was definitely a youthful error. He got excited and tried to create something with his arm, which is a very good arm. But that’s chalk it up. and Willy… people who don’t make errors are the people not playing. You play this game long enough you’re going to misplay a groundball or throw a ball away. That kind of stuff happens sometimes.”

On tying home run, got to be thinking we’re going to win this one

“Absolutely, at home and we just put up a four-spot to tie it, broke their hearts a little bit. I think first pitch next inning, Morse he hits it to right center field. But we go back out there and get some people on base and we just couldn’t get them through.”

On pickoff plays early, first and third situatiuons when Braves had Espinosa between 1st and 2nd but didn’t get rundown

“It’s a missed hit-and-run is what I’m thinking and he gets in no man’s land. Jack Wilson goes to cover the bag and Mac can’t vacate the plate [with a runner at third]. What we should have done better at was when the second baseman comes off the bag and shortens that distance a little bit, creates a shorter gap. I don’t think we did that because Jack had gone over to cover the base on the hit-and-run or the potential stolen base.”

**CHAD DURBIN

On Morse’s decisive opposite-field homer off him

“He’s got a lot of juice going that way. It’s the first pitch and he’s 3-for-3 at that point, he’s going to try to be aggressive, try to get that fourth [hit], maybe try to leave the park. You don’t want to get behind [in the count] either, the way the guy is swinging. It was middle-middle, probably middle-away just a little bit. Might want to make a little better pitch, but then again, until they hit it out or hit one in the gap it’s not all that bad [a pitch].”

Situation makes it so much tougher to take

“Yeah, we come back, score four. It would have been nice to keep it even, let us get a chance at them.”

On the team coming back from 4-run deficit

“Once we got a couple of breaks – it seemed like early we couldn’t catch one, or made a couple of bad decisions. Coming back and scoring four that inning puts all the pressure on them. They start to think about, who are we going to throw out there, what are the matchups? To give back a run that quick … if it’s 2-0 maybe you feel a little better about it. Yeah, it’s not a good feeling.”

**ANDRELTON SIMMONS

On being in position to pull out a win after his tying 2-run homer

“Yeah, we put ourselves in a hole early. We made a couple of errors and we had a couple of opportunities to score runs and we didn’t. I left, like, eight people on base, or 10, I don’t even know. I mean, we had our chances. We definitely had our chances. They got a lot of hits but we stayed in the game. We just didn’t capitalize.”

On his throwing error while trying to force things a bit and get LaRoche at 2nd

“I saw two balls go off of gloves, at second base [Jack Wilson’s error] and go off of Chipper Jones. I was trying to back-pick LaRoche at second. I was too aggressive. Just a little immature of me. I’ve got to be better than that.”

Tough night, to feel like game’s lost, then have it back, then lose it again?

“Yeah, you want the games like this, because you want emotional games. You want to battle, and after you win you feel good about yourself, like you accomplished something. But after battling that much and losing, it hurts.”

You’ve lost five of six to the Nationals; you feel like you guys are closer to them than record indicates?

“Yeah, I feel like we’re on the same level. Just a couple of bad breaks. I mean, the guys are hitting the ball well. Pitching has been good; we’ve had some ups and downs, but we know what they’re capable of. Defense can be good; we struggled a bit tonight. It’s just a matter of being consistent, and we’ll get these [next] two games out of them.”

134 comments Add your comment

Yes Way José

June 29th, 2012
11:56 pm

Simmy? And I thought Bourny was a bad nickname.

rc35

June 29th, 2012
11:56 pm

It hurts to be just good enough to lose…again.

Dave

June 29th, 2012
11:57 pm

Awfully tough loss (you’d think all HInske can do is roll over a pitch he would at least get runner over to third). But you know what for the first time in awhile we fought to the LAST pitch and that makes me a bit positive. We did not roll over like we have in the past and maybe that fight can translate to some wins here.

BTW Venters last few batters reminded me of last year maybe he can find a groove walking the pitcher awoke him! I love my Braves and will always be positive about my boys. tough loss but it is a grind of a season stay positive and let jump on Strasburg early and pray Minor is on hah

David from Athens, AL

June 29th, 2012
11:57 pm

Likes Simmons comments … kid got a good head on him

vabravesfan (Fire Fredo)

June 29th, 2012
11:59 pm

this is a .500 team at best…Fredo Gonzales needs to go on a fishing trip with Al Neri and never return.

ACE

June 30th, 2012
12:01 am

DOB should be working in the spin room. Why not ask, every other manager in the league would have bunted in that situation why didn’t you. No follow questions on why not bring Hudson in to bunt. We just get SkI and got to tip your cap.

jeff

June 30th, 2012
12:07 am

nothing but BS from this clueless manager.. but wheres the media asking him why didnt he bunt freeman to third.. ask the questions.. its time for Gonzalez to go..

nashvillewill

June 30th, 2012
12:08 am

Same old song: poor situational hitting, lousy bench production, poor rookie pitching, and inept strategic managing. Braves may be out of the running soon. I just hope they release Hinske, Wilson, and Diaz, and promote some of the young talent in AA and AAA. Simmons has worked out pretty well. If Braves can manage to hang in, perhaps can swing a deal for a starting pitcher and use some of the young pitchers for the trade. As far as the inept managing, I fear we are stuck until Fredi is let go, probably at the end of another dismal year.

tristan

June 30th, 2012
12:08 am

Tipping time

NorCal Brave

June 30th, 2012
12:15 am

Let’s review: you surrender a 2-out run-scoring single to opposing pitcher, who didn’t have a hit or RBI all year; you spend one full inning treating the ball like a hot potato; you finally get some momentum and tie the game, only to give up a 1st pitch homer in the next frame; you waste 2 leadoff doubles, including one in the 9th when it mattered most. And all of this playing at home against the team your chasing for 1st place. Ladies and gentlemen, let’s hear it for your 2012 Atlanta Braves!

IlliniBrave

June 30th, 2012
12:16 am

I think DOB knows how much we have come to hate the “cap-tipping” from Fredi, so he leaves those comments out. Either that, or Fredi’s been reading the blogs and is more self-conscious about those inane trite euphemisms.

Dave

June 30th, 2012
12:16 am

You morons realize that Fredi did not make THREE errors in one inning correct? Argue all you want about bunting Freeman to third but players should be held accountable and i feel like EVERYONE on this forum who are not true fans bashes Fredi for every loss. Be real fans quit griping and support this team. LONG year just ask STL and TB from last year just hang in there keep fighting and hopefully get hot.

And to the ppl who want to promote talent from AA and AAA but bash young pitching get a grip on reality.

MD Braves fan

June 30th, 2012
12:18 am

Gutless reporting. Gutless.

ACE

June 30th, 2012
12:23 am

St. Louis had a real manager and he made the moves to get his team into the playoffs and win the WS.

David O'Brien

June 30th, 2012
12:39 am

IlliniBrave: Actually there were no cap-tipping quotes from anyone tonight. Believe me, if there were I’d have certainly included them. You kidding me, leave them out and miss the predictable reactions from you and a few others? No way.

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
12:41 am

God help fredi..he needs it..so do I.

Fredi Will Screw It Up Somehow

June 30th, 2012
12:41 am

You morons realize that Fredi did not make THREE errors in one inning correct?”

Oh pipe down, he had a chance to tie the game in the 9th and screwed up, quit making excuses!

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
12:44 am

@ 12:18..DOB is the best beat write in baseball. We would get nothing if he was gone. Be Thankful.

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
12:45 am

Braves fans have a great night…

JC Boscan III

June 30th, 2012
12:46 am

Thanks, Dave, for the cap-tip clarification! Now, the conspiracy theorists can go to bed, assured that you didn’t shaft them out of a chance to cap-rant….. But, can you do anything to help Fredi to have better nicknames for the players? Simmy is a wretched nickname!! Baseball players should have good nicknames………. Thanks……………

Rafael

June 30th, 2012
12:46 am

Hey “Dave”… there is a cure for cancer, Santa Claus is real, and there are no more income taxes…

Here’s the UNHOLY trinity…

Chad “Proctor” Durbin, “DOUBLE PLAY” Matt Diaz, and Fredi “EL STUPIDO” Gonzalez…

You talk about “Morons”… you DON’T bring in Chad “Proctor” Durbin in a tie game!!!!!!!!!!!!

Matt Diaz… “he rakes lefthanders you know.” Maybe Diaz “was able to keep his sense of humor after tonight’s loss.”

“Dave”… you are either a Liberty CHEAPIA employee or a relative of Fredi “Ricky Ricardo JR.” Gonzalez. Calling passionate, knowledgeable fans “morons” sure makes you look like a genius.

iTiSi

June 30th, 2012
12:47 am

Instead of “gutless reporting”, gutless questions would be more like it. If this had been a courtroom DOB would have been guilty of asking a leading question on the failure to score the tieing run. Why not come right out and say “why didn’t you send Hudson or Ross up to bunt to get Freeman over to third, rather than Hinske?” Eric has done practically nothing all year, and everyone could see that except the brilliant wizard, FG! Anyway a real manager who knows what he’s doing could have pulled this one out easily.

Ken Stallings

June 30th, 2012
12:49 am

David,

Why no quotes from Chipper after the game? Did he refuse to make himself available? If so, that is very uncharacteristic for him. But, given the huge implications of his fielding error, one has to think quotes from him are something you would have sought out.

That is the second time since his leg injury where he fielded a grounder off to the side like that. Did you ask Fredi about that? I think it is an issue that needs to be addressed. You don’t play grounders like that because they lead to a high chance of error.

ACE

June 30th, 2012
1:12 am

Rafael you are spot on. Maybe the management at AJC will text Fredi some questions.

Stuart

June 30th, 2012
1:12 am

After watching the ninth inning, Gonzalez should have been fired before leaving the dugout tonight.

Darryl Blackberry

June 30th, 2012
1:14 am

Can’t hang this one on the manager, boys. Think we really do have to t** our c** to Mike Morse and the Nats this time.

Darryl Blackberry

June 30th, 2012
1:16 am

@Ken Stallings:

I’m sure it wasn’t a conscious decision on Chipper’s part to play it side-saddle. After getting hurt like that, it’s gotta be a reflex. Judging from the look on his face afterward, I’d say he knew he screwed the pooch on that play.

Serbok

June 30th, 2012
1:24 am

OK~!!!! I try and give Freddie every chance I can! I Was NEVER A Booby Cox Fan! I was long the same thought as a guy who called His self “Robert!” Cox is one of the winnigest managers of all time! However He also lost more games than any mger in baseball! Tonights game~ Well~ Freddie Lost it due to his mismanagement! Down one run in Bottom of the 9th~ runner on second NO OUTS! He lets “Big Face” Hinske Bat~ and of course swing away? The other choice? The obvious one? Pinch Hit Ross~ have him bunt the runner to third~where there wud be one out? However? The SMART move?????? Would be to pinch hit Tim Hudson~! Let him bunt the runner to 3rd! Freddie Lost this game! It’s all on Freddie! Freddie Does seem to have some sort of “lateral” thinking going on.
Unlike “The Donkey” Cox! However~ I’m startin to think~ Freddie’s lateral thinking? Is sorta Like “Rocky and Bullwinkle?” “Watch me pull a rabbit outta my hat?” The All Star game is approaching?
He sits Prado~ and Uggla!~ Which leaves “Washed Up Diaz” in Left field with that Awesome ability to play the field? And of Course~ We Have the Next “Chris Woodward” playing second? (Jack Wilson?)
Who came to the plate twice in key position to drive in a run?
I try to be open minded about Freddie~ Tonight he Whizzed me off! I’m still gonna give him the “Benefit” of the doubt! However not MUCH longer! Theres Never! been a Major league manager Who
Really didnt have a “Clue” Since Bobby “The Donkey” Cox!
Just my opinion~!
I’m stickin to it!

IlliniBrave

June 30th, 2012
1:33 am

@DOB: gotta give you huge props for the way you finessed the “should Hinske or another player have bunted Freeman over” question. Great job. You walk a fine line, and obviously if you asked the very direct, sometimes obnoxious, and definitely critical questions that we all say you should, you would likely lose your beat with Fredi and the Braves. My past comments have been critical of Fredi, but not of you. You got a job to do and you do it really well.

.500 team or maybe under .500

June 30th, 2012
1:37 am

THIS TEAM IT’S A TOTAL DISASTER…SADLY THE GM DONT GONNA MAKE A TRADES OR MOVEMENTS FOR CHANGE THE SITUATION

THE BRAVES NEEDS:

AT LEAST OTHER STARTING PITCHER (LIKE GREINKE OR GARZA)
A RIGHT HANDED BATTER WITH POP (LIKE WILLINGHAM,QUENTIN,CUDDYER)
AT LEAST ONE OR MAYBE TWO RELIEVERS (LIKE BALLFOUR OR BRANDON LEAGUE)
2 BATTERS FOR REFORCE THE BENCH ( KOTSAY LH, JONNY GOMES RH )
DFA: WILSON , CALL UP PASTORNICKY AND CONSTANZA
TRADE HINSKE FOR KOTSAY
TRADE GARTRELL FOR GOMES
TRADE MIKE MINOR,TERDOSLAVICH AND GEARRIN FOR GREINKE OR GARZA
TRADE JUAN FRANCISCO FOR WILLINGHAM ,IF THEY WANT QUENTIN OR CUDDYER MAYBE NEEDS TO ADD VARVARO AND AA PROSPECT
TRADE TODD REDMOND,LUIS DURANGO AND AA PROSPECT FOR BRANDON LEAGUE , MAYBE ONLY REDMOND FOR BALFOUR

WITH THAT

BOURN 8 PRADO 7 HEYWARD 9 JSONES 5 UGGLA 4 MCCAAN 2 FREEMAN 3 SIMMONS 6

SP: HUDSON, HANSON, JURRJENS, GREINKE/GARZA, DELGADO
RP: BALFOUR MEDLEN OFLAHERTY VENTERS DURBIN LEAGUE KIMBREL
BENCH: ROSS, PASTORNICKY WILLINGHAM GOMES KOTSAY OR CONSTANZA

WILLINGHAM COULD PLAY IN LF AND PRADO 3B IN CHIPPER’S DAYOFF
WILLINGHAM COULD PLAY IN LF VS LH PITCHERS CHIPPER JONES 3B AND PRADO IN 1B
IF THEY TRADE FOR CUDDYER HE CAN PLAY LF/RF AND 3B
QUENTIN LF/RF

A LOT OF GOOD OPTIONS, A CRAP GM

Norcal Brave

June 30th, 2012
1:39 am

@Mr. Blackberry, in case you hadn’t noticed, we have a team with a serious head case when it comes to the Nats and the Phils, and it’s been this way for years. Whether Fredi stays or goes, we need an injection of new people somewhere who don’t take the field expecting to lose.

Dave

June 30th, 2012
1:40 am

Wow I think my old high school coach who wasn’t a very good coach at all would have handled that ninth inning better than Fredi.

Very said because while the players did put themselves in a hole by making those errors but were able to fight back and tie it and be in a position to win. Then Fredi decides to be Fredi.

Dave

June 30th, 2012
2:04 am

m4licious420

June 30th, 2012
2:44 am

This team is depressing.

Backdoor Slider

June 30th, 2012
3:04 am

A REAL MANAGER

Frank, can you please hire a real manager — one who is capable of doing just that — MANAGING!

Pretty much all Fredi manages to do is to MANAGE potential wins into losses.

I’ve never seen someone as inept.

How many more losses does it take before this needed change is made?

Hat tipping

June 30th, 2012
4:57 am

Some think you are not a braves fan if you criticize. Ludicrous. Even the fans who are glass half full with blinders on have to see the manager blunders. This team has talent to be in first. Weak link is coaching There is no execuse whatsoever to waste lead off doubles. You bunt him over and tie it on a fly ball. It is like being second and one in football and only throwing 40 yard passes. Pick up the first. The team does not, will not manufacture runs. And tonigh minor v strasburg. Ain’t getting better. TheNats will fall back at some point but the Braves will not be team to catch them with this manager. Oh yeah and snitker needs to stop holding up runners. With a team that can’t create runs you have to cringe every time the runner is held at third instead of aggressively trying to make play at plate. It is not just costing runs but costing games.

bostonbravo

June 30th, 2012
5:30 am

simmy?
SIMMY!!!!?????

Hat tipping

June 30th, 2012
5:41 am

The Nats tip their hats to Fredi for his blunders allowing the W after blowing the lead.

shorty

June 30th, 2012
6:07 am

Fire Fredi the Failure…Game after game he finds a way to lose so he can do what he does best..make excuses.

terry bellamy

June 30th, 2012
6:49 am

will this team ever get a hit with bases loaded?they are unbelievably bad in this siuation.

WBuckATC

June 30th, 2012
7:06 am

Hopefully Minor will give us a decnet start tonight. With Straberg gogin, it is gogin ot be tought. The loss of Beachy is really hurting us. Minor and Degado have been down the last few strats. Teheran got hammered the other night in AA> Medlen needs to be in the rotation and Redmond needs to at least be givan a shot. Could not hurt at this point. Bench is weak. Hinske is hitting like Norton did in his last year wiht the Braves. Francisco had some ealry success, but nothing now. Diaz if off/on. Wilson is a defensive whiz, but wiht Simmons, he is expendable. That leaves us with Ross as the only bench player who is cobtributing and he does not play as he is held back.
We need tweaking from wihtin the organization and if that does not work, time to go outside. Problem wiht that is you have ot give up quality to get quality.

Let's Go

June 30th, 2012
7:14 am

Since may 7th Durbin has been the best relief pitcher this team has had other than Kimbrel so to bring him in at that point in the game was not a bad move. The last thing you want at that point is a lead off walk so you have to go after him and sometimes the hitter wins the battle.

The part that upset me the most in last nights game was the way the Braves played in the 2nd and 3rd inning. They looked like the key stone cops twice running around with Espinosa and then in the 3rd they played defense like a bunch of little leaguers. I like Chipper but he looks like he is afraid of the ball hitting him on his leg again and I’m sorry but you can’t play 3rd base if you wont get in front of the ball. No matter what the the official scorer says that was an error but as soon as I saw him pouting on TV after the inning I knew they would change it.

Joey

June 30th, 2012
7:15 am

Has any public figure ever gotten his “tenses” (past, current, future) mixed up and inter-mingled worse than Fredi?

Too disheartened to write about the game . . .

This Is Why We Comment

June 30th, 2012
7:43 am

If Liberty Media wants to save some more money they should turn off the visitors air conditioning today.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
8:00 am

Todays Lineup
1. Bornnie
2. Simmy
3. Hayie
4. Chippie
5. Prodie
6. Fredie
7. Mackie
8. Uggly
9. Huddie

panamajack

June 30th, 2012
8:03 am

Ralph – No way Chippie plays 4 days in a row-ie

Le Fan

June 30th, 2012
8:03 am

Anyone know why fruti pitched to bernadina with the pitcher on deck???
Anyone ask him?
The nats announcers were blasting gonzalez for that!

Buddy Landel

June 30th, 2012
8:04 am

Off subject, but I watched the game on MLB network last night and the Nats announcers called the game. F.P. Santangelo may be the WORST color man I’ve ever heard (worse than Dibble). Be happy with Joe Simpson, very happy.

NORRIS CHUCK

June 30th, 2012
8:34 am

83-79 will be their final record. Starting next season, Chipper, Hinske, Wilson and Diaz should all be gone!

braveshoo

June 30th, 2012
8:39 am

Shortterm: Trade for Jack Willingham; play Prado at 3rd; Use Chipper as a pinchhitter only; Get rid of Wilson and bring up Pastornicky to be utility infielder; platoon McCann and Ross-play Ross against all LH pitchers; fire FG and pitching coach- hire someone who can develop young pitching and not ruin young players like Simmons.
Longterm: Do not resign McCann. He cant see anymore and cant hit anymore. He’s not even fouling off pitches. Sign the corp players we need longterm-Freeman, Heyward, Prado, Simmons, Bourn, Hanson, and trade for at least 1 dominant pitcher and sign him longterm ( Cole Hammels ? ) who the Braves can build their young pitching staff ( see what Washington did with Geo Gonzales this year ).

DaveinNEPA

June 30th, 2012
8:40 am

It looks like we all have to step back and temper our expectations. This team has waaayyyy too many problems to be anything more than a tease.

1. The manager can’t manage. Makes too many bad, bad tactical mistakes.

2. We have a 3bman who was a great player but is only a shell of his former self. His defense (or lack of it) hurts the team more than his bat helps it. Because of what i call salary politics nobody within this franchise has the balls to explain to him that his time is past and he should become a role player instead of starter.

3. Our catcher just can’t hit anymore. But the dumb ass manager keeps putting him high up in the lineup seeing only the past and not the present. I also dont think of the guy as much of a leader.

4. This team has other problems also but I just called out the 3 most glaring in my eyes.

Le Fan

June 30th, 2012
8:46 am

Buddy landel is spot on…FP IS TERRIBLE…HOMER

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
9:18 am

Everyone blames Fredi (I do too) but the blame should also go to Wren who hired him and did nothing this past winter to improve this team.
Both should be fired.

Ralphie your line=up was funny! But right on.

Winchester

June 30th, 2012
9:24 am

Hmmm…let’s see. The Braves sit on their hands during the winter. The Nationals improve their team during the winter. The Braves stand pat with their last year little league pitchers and tout their greatness. The Nationals improve their pitching staff over the winter.

Here’s a news bulletin…the vastly improved Nationals, who have been in 1st place from day one, are back to humiliate the Braves again.

bobbymahlon

June 30th, 2012
9:39 am

Is anybody besides me sick of watching Chippers feeble attempts at catching ground balls to his left or right. Third basemen are supposed to get in front of the ball knock it down and throw out the runner. Chipper is afraid of hurting his knee so he lets it go by with a stab at it.

ncbravesfan

June 30th, 2012
9:44 am

Still lots of problems that are simply not going away. Anyone who expects anything better than 5-5 on this homestand and close to .500 to end the season is not seeing this team for what they are – average.

Need new leadership in 2013 to go along with the young talent. If Fredi is back next year, will just be more of the same.

PaulG

June 30th, 2012
9:54 am

Hey, relax, just a game…the ACA passed,now we don’t have the worst health care system in the western world

Whiskey River.

June 30th, 2012
9:54 am

Soory to say this, but I see a sweep for the Nats.

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
10:01 am

Hey Paul..do your homework thats not true but we do now have the biggest tax increase in history. However that has nothing to do with baseball.

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
10:04 am

Hi Guys. Calm down Gentlemen. It’s ONE GAME.

ncbravesfan

June 30th, 2012
10:04 am

We may win one, Whiskey River, but that is simply nowhere near good enough. The Nats have owned the Braves the past few years and the Braves know that they can’t beat them consistently.

Even if the Braves were to miraculously win the next two, they’d probably follow it up with losing 3 of 4 to the Cubs. That’s been their MO in 2012.

marietta eagle

June 30th, 2012
10:04 am

Bunt the man to 3rd Fool Fredie gave another game away. Hard to see manger who can not game day oach.

reckingball

June 30th, 2012
10:06 am

Walgreen’s still has Kleenez on sale.
All the Braves need in most of these games, are one hit, in the right situation.
It is frustrating to see them lose games like this.
But, I don’t see any need to go off of the deep end with concrete shoes on, yet.
go braves

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
10:10 am

Hi reckingball. Are you the only one that has patience. That is rare in a man. It is not even half way in season and everyone but you and I are writing them off. WHY?

reckingball

June 30th, 2012
10:14 am

I hope that the Dr. Jekyll side of Minor, shows up to pitch today, and will stay for more than 3 or 4 innings.
Haven’t seen him(Dr. Jekyll side) stick around for any length of the games, since Fredi pulled him out in the 8th against the Yankees, a couple of weeks ago. haha
go braves!

Double Zero Eight

June 30th, 2012
10:15 am

The Braves will finish third in the division
based on the current roster, manager,
and pitching coach.

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
10:16 am

Just had a call. Gotta roll See you later. Bye

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
10:20 am

I do not agree with the win sorry. I see a sweep for the Nats and Braves out of playoffs. That was not a championship team i saw last night.

Ed

June 30th, 2012
10:28 am

If you start guys like Jack Wilson in the middle of your infield and expect to contend for the division, you don’t know a whole lot about baseball.

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
10:32 am

Stick a fork in them they are DONE. I love you Braves but see you next year. That was the sorriest for a pro team I have ever seen.

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Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
10:39 am

My sisters grandson could take his little league team to Atlanta and beat the Braves. That is the sorriest excuse for a MLB team I have ever seen. They probably wont win another game. They stink. THEY ARE DONE. Yes I am mad at them. I love them dearly but they have give up and that angers me.

HOF 10

June 30th, 2012
11:06 am

This team is sort of rebuilding, sort of not. An odd mix, and one that is hard to win with. I think it’s important to look ahead a season or two. We have some great prospects playing now and some more about ready to play, “Simmy,” of course, and several good pitchers. Let’s not make any dumb trades to rent a couple guys who might or might not be the difference for the second wild card–a playoff position that is like trying to climb a mountain in street shoes–and lose a couple near-future quality starting pitchers.

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
11:11 am

They don’t play to win…they play not to lose.

Farnsworthy

June 30th, 2012
11:15 am

Why this team struggles;
Uggla can’t hit.
McCann has gone Uggla on us at the plate.
Chipper is too gimpy.
Starting pitching issues.
Relief pitching issues.
Pinch hitters suck.

Farnsworthy

June 30th, 2012
11:16 am

Wren’s solutions? Franscisco and an extra hitting coach.

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
11:17 am

Simmy sounds like a girls name..if I was him I’d be mad..The boy named Sue! Start call Fredia

Ebenezer Snerdberg

June 30th, 2012
11:17 am

Brain dead managers and pitching coaches!

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
11:17 am

Start calling Fredi..Fredia
sorry.

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
11:19 am

and wilson –Henski @11:16

Mets R Best

June 30th, 2012
11:21 am

Just thought I’d say good morning to all the third place Braves fans.

NickGranite

June 30th, 2012
11:30 am

Well, I have to agree about McCann. His average is around .210 since last August 1 (a month shy of a full season) and in the .230s currently. We were a bit spoiled with a great hitting catcher but now he’s becoming a normal hitting one with flashes of brilliance. He will still end up with decent stats at the catcher position but for the love of Chief Nokahoma, move the guy out of the middle of the line-up. Also have to agree about the bench, with the exception of Diaz against lefties and of course our 2nd string catcher (who we can’t use), it is just awful. Chipper? I hate all the days he spends in the dugout but be careful what you wish for, .290 hitting 3rd baseman don’t grown on trees.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
11:39 am

Ed
June 30th, 2012
10:28 am

I don’t like Wilson either but lets face it he is a much better fielder (even though he made a big boo- last nite) than Uggla and the way Uggla is hitting anything would be an improvement. They should trade him for anything, just get rid of his payroll and put Prado back on 2B where he belongs.

robbie

June 30th, 2012
11:44 am

why was medlon in the minors if he isn’t going to used in the rotation. He’s better then Minor or Delgado. As soon as I saw the matchups this series I automatically chalked up 2 losses. We need to get someone and fast before the division is lost

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
11:51 am

HOF 10—-. We have some great prospects playing now and some more about ready

I would like to know who they are, Teheran, our no. 1 prospect gave up 9 runs on 10 hits in 4 innings Thursday nite, he gets worse every start and the Gwinnette and Mississippi Baves have been getting the dog crap beat out of them every night. I agree with you though we do need to rebuild by resigning Bourn, sigh Heyward, Prado, Freeman , Simmons, Kimbrel and Hanson to long term contracts, the rest should go.

IlliniBrave

June 30th, 2012
11:52 am

PaulG: I worked in healthcare for five plus years, and we have the BEST healthcare. – not the worst. Our network had doctors from India, Pakistan, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil, Israel, and Canada – yes, Canada, supposedly the healthcare delvery model that we should imitate. They were here because they felt that our country’s system provided better quality care than their socialist single-payer model.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
11:54 am

robbie
June 30th, 2012
11:44 am

why

because Frank and Fruti don’t want to admit how big a mistake they made at the beginning of the season.

darrell starks

June 30th, 2012
11:59 am

Mccann in last 10 games

6 for 39

Batting .160

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

June 30th, 2012
11:59 am

Mccann in last 10 games

6 for 39

Batting .160

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

June 30th, 2012
12:01 pm

Uggla in last 10 games

4 for 39

Batting .130

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No. 1 Braves Fan

June 30th, 2012
12:02 pm

These Braves bashers are so bad they are fun to read. Only reason I`m here.
Keep it going guys and try to come up with some new stuff. Would make
your post more interesting.

darrell starks

June 30th, 2012
12:02 pm

Andre Simmons is a beast will be the Braves next super star

Keep this guy in 2 hole.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!

Busch Leaguer is Drinking Jim Fregosi's Liquor tonight

June 30th, 2012
12:04 pm

Braves front office is walking the thin line between trying to contend for a division title and re-building the team for success in the future. If you go the re-building route you will alienate part of the fan base and attendance at the TED will suffer. The other option would be to go all in ,package your prospects and go after another starting pitcher and everyday OF to hit in the middle of the batting order.If you go all in this year you may have a short term gain and excite the fanbase ,but you still have to win to make it worth trading away the prospects.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
12:05 pm

No. 1 Braves Fan

I hate it that you have nothing good to say about our braves, just bash the realest.

darrell starks

June 30th, 2012
12:06 pm

1. BOURN CF

2. ANDRE SS

3. PRADO LF

4. HEYWARD RF

5. UGGLA 2B

6. CHIPPER 3B

7. FREEMAN 1B

8. MCCANN CATCHER

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
12:08 pm

@@No 1 Braves Fan You need to take your so called team and take them downtown to the local little league organization. They might win a game. I highly doubt it.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
12:10 pm

darrell starks

Move Uggly to 8 and move Chipper and Freeman up 1 spot and you are right on.

birdo

June 30th, 2012
12:11 pm

Help me understand why Chipper did not go to second base when the ball got away from the Nats catcher in the eighth inning. Where is the hustle.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
12:16 pm

birdo – He did good to make it to first base.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
12:18 pm

Chipper really showed his age last nite waving at balls hit to his left.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
12:20 pm

Even though Chipper is old he is still better than Uggla and McCann!

least of the east

June 30th, 2012
12:23 pm

when you are at home down by a run in 9th and you get a leadoff double, the book says to bunt him over to third. how do you send up a guy who is 4 for 26 as a PH and have him swing away ?
also, how do you pitch to Bernadina with the pitcher on deck (even if he is a decent hitter-for a pitcher) ? the MLB telecast was even dumbfounded.
this is an experienced manager ? was he this inept in Fla. ?
the team is not that good to start with that we can afford to have an idiot running it.
today is Strasburg vs Minor so what are our chances ?
is Gio G going Sun ?
last night was our best chance to avoid a sweep.
losing to the Nats is a lot more damaging than to the Yanks.
the home record is pathetic. who wins playoff spots playing like this at home ? noone does !

Who Me?

June 30th, 2012
12:23 pm

Missed the game but heard Don and Joe in the 9th on the radio. Still confused about why Hinske didn’t get the bunt sign or why Hudson wasn’t brought in to bunt FF to third….instead we get 2 popups from two quality at-bat’s (not) and it’s game over…

not an impressive finish but then it sounds like the whole game went that way.

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
12:26 pm

@ Who Me? Because they do not want to win. They have give up.

Buddy Landel

June 30th, 2012
12:32 pm

I don’t think they’ve given up Angel Wings.

Summer of George

June 30th, 2012
12:39 pm

looks like the braves are gonna be flip flopping with the mets all year for second place.
washington’s got the braves number this year.
couldn’t beat em when they stunk and now can’t beat em when they’re good.
prove me wrong bravos

how do they do it

June 30th, 2012
12:41 pm

it’s too freakin’ hot to be outside

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
12:44 pm

@how do they do it Just another excuse for this sorry bunch of losers.

Bro

June 30th, 2012
12:48 pm

THE SAME OLD COMMENTS-BASICALLY, YOU GOT TO TIP YOUR HAT TO THOSE GUYS. WOULDN’T IT BE NICE TO TELL THE TRUTH ONCE–JUST SAY YOU STUNK UP THE FIELD AND GAVE IT AWAY BY PLAYING BAD. HONESTY IS USUALLY THE BEST POLICY. CHANGE FREDDIE G’S LAST NAME TO “FREDDIE WHITEWASH”.

bucky oneil

June 30th, 2012
12:59 pm

For baseball fans – Had a thought on the Detwiller balk. How loud do you think Prado was asking for time out? Is he that smart to try and induce the pitcher to pause his delivery?

For football fans – I think there are some soccer games being played somewhere. Nascar? The Olympics start soon.

fanidiots

June 30th, 2012
1:18 pm

seriously guys what do you want lets cry in our milk we lost a one run game we should have won oh why didnt he bunt with freeman on second who knows but if hinske hits a homer or a double your questions dont matter and by the way it would have been out number 1 either way then bourne flew out to RICK ANKIEL who has a canon for an arm and our slowest runner your not gonna send him glass is always half empty with you guys grow up and be real fans and stop bitching

iTiSi

June 30th, 2012
1:27 pm

“fanidiots”, buy a period, please. I gave out of breath reading your post!

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
1:29 pm

Braves are very in on Zack Greinke..This trade makes sense for all three involved. Braves get what they need. Brewers get what they need. Zach or “Zachie” as (Frediy would say) gets what he wants..$$$ and chance to make play-off?

illibrave..I agree

TuffShhhtuff

June 30th, 2012
1:29 pm

For those “eternal optimists” thinking the Braves have had a decent month, well, today is the last day and they now stand at 12-12 for June. Would have to win today to finish with a winning record for the month. Odds are it ain’t gonna happen. Not with Freda managing and Minor pitching.

iTiSi

June 30th, 2012
1:34 pm

Last year it was the Phillies, this year it’s the Nats, next year it will be, I predict, the Mets. Each year all the division teams are improving themselves, except the Braves. All but the Marlins are moving up, and the Braves are moving the opposite direction.
BTW, wonder why the “why not bunt with Hudson or Ross” question was not asked of FG last night? That would have been the first question out of the sports reporters in any of the other big cities. Wimps!

fanidiots

June 30th, 2012
1:36 pm

@ itisi…….. that enough there period you must be one of those people chipper was talking about period you know the ones that do nothing all day and sit in their parents basement period i am deeply sorry that you are so out of shape that you cant read a paragraph without running out of breath period and if you have any other problems with my gramtical errors just remember its the internet not a newspaper period

Kendell Jones

June 30th, 2012
1:47 pm

I do not agree with the person that Uggla cannot play at 2d. base. He is a great second basemna, but he just can’t hit at this point in the game of baseball. I was very thrilled when I heard that he was coming to the Braves.The reason for that was he was playing second sack with Fla. and hitting well. But he became a brave and his hitting went south.(back to Fla. I guess. He is still a good 2d. sacker and can play it as well as anyone around. He just needs to get a good batting coach to tell what he is doing wrong. Of course that will not happen as long as he is with the Braves.

Felix

June 30th, 2012
1:55 pm

Since I adjusted my expectations for the 2012 Braves (that they are probably not a playoff team), I am not as frustrated by their mediocre play/results. I am hoping we can stay around .500 for the season. If Liberty Cheapia frees up some bucks so we can acquire some pitching and hitting, then I might revise my expectations again.
I hope most fans realize that last night’s loss was not on Delgado, but was the fault of the defense, the offense, and the bullpen (Durbin).

Bravefaninok

June 30th, 2012
2:05 pm

1 top of the rotation starter,1 quality late inning reliever and a good bench bat…Christmas in July wish list.

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
2:09 pm

@Bravefaninok That’s great except it will not happen. Management not that smart.

Bravefaninok

June 30th, 2012
2:12 pm

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
2:09 pm

@Bravefaninok That’s great except it will not happen. Management not that smart.
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Well if they could just get a good starter,Wren will do something…He does every year,just hope it is not a Farnsworth/Ankiel type deal.

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
2:16 pm

I agree he will do something,but will guarantee it will not help this sorry team.

Ron Roberts

June 30th, 2012
2:18 pm

Why is it so hard for the Braves to get a runner from 2nd with no outs home?

Why is it SO HARD for this team to bunt a guy over, THEN let a 1 out pop-up bring him in? You tie the game, you live to see another inning. Senseless, the way this organization has CONTINUALLY chosen to avoid playing station-to-station “small ball” when it’s called on.

Fredi talks about tying the game, being at home, momentum, and such, and yet his and this organization’s WILLFUL disregard for baseball fundamentals, sometimes, stifles any momentum. Yes, Fredi, you tie the game up (again) if you get the guy from 2nd home in the 9th, and you have the home crowd, the momentum, yada yada yada.

No, instead, you go with the Bobby Cox methodology of sitting back and waiting for the big hit. How many times, over the years, have we lost key and close games after leaving RISP with less than two outs? We missed the playoffs by one. single. game, Fredi, just last year.

This guy manages like an individual game doesn’t matter. What WILL teach him the lesson that EVERY game matters, if missing out by a game, doesn’t?

Bravefaninok

June 30th, 2012
2:25 pm

Felix

June 30th, 2012
1:55 pm

Since I adjusted my expectations for the 2012 Braves (that they are probably not a playoff team), I am not as frustrated by their mediocre play/results. I am hoping we can stay around .500 for the season. If Liberty Cheapia frees up some bucks so we can acquire some pitching and hitting, then I might revise my expectations again.
I hope most fans realize that last night’s loss was not on Delgado, but was the fault of the defense, the offense, and the bullpen (Durbin).

Felix you can’t really blame Durbin,He has been terrific lately,but is not really an 8th inning guy.(best used 6th or 7th.)Where was EOF???

The Braves have been rebuilding while staying competative(very hard to do).Heyward,Freeman,Simmons are all 22-23 yrs old…..Prado ,Mac and Uggla all in there prime.

Whiskey River

June 30th, 2012
2:32 pm

I have an idea. Since they are playing like little leaguer, let’s treat them like that. When and if they win. Let’s take them to McDonalds for ice cream. Give fat Freddie a cookie and send him home. This team STINKS.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
2:42 pm

Bravefaninok
June 30th, 2012
2:25 pm

True Mac and Uggla are still in their prime, I sure hate to see how bad they will be when their not.

Sons of Rick Matula

June 30th, 2012
2:44 pm

I applaud the Braves for the batting order shakeup. They are not doing nothing; they have to deal with Uggla’s slump, Chipper and McCann’s struggles. I like Andrelton in the two hole.

Still, Fredi all but said that Wren’s wroster is a disaster. That was a good question from DOB. It is increasingly clear that Wren’s offseason inactivity has doomed this season.

Screwball

June 30th, 2012
2:51 pm

Basic baseball … Catch it. The Braves are usually a decent fielding team, last night’s misplays gave the Nats two runs.

Basic baseball … Move the runner. Fail, Hinske has to get Freeman to 3B. If Hinske cannot bunt, use Hudson.

Wren and Gonzalez … Tag team disappointments. Covering for each other.

Chattmatt

June 30th, 2012
2:54 pm

Hate to say it but Wilsons 2 out error lost the game last night.He would not have been in there if Uggla was a consistent hitter.Uggla strikes out to much and is to streaky.I would have kept Infante and played Prado at 2nd.Uggla has power but the last year and 1/2 he has been a poor hitter.Infante is a better baseball player.Uggla works hard in the offseason and plays very hard and hustles and is a self-made player but he is not a good hitter.That was a bad trade by Frank Wren!!

Yogi Berra

June 30th, 2012
3:01 pm

Chattmatt..lol

Chattmatt

June 30th, 2012
3:12 pm

As for B-Mac’s struggles he looked out of shape to start the season.He looked like all he did in the winter was eat and f***.Brian is a good hitter he has the track record to prove it.I hope he gets it going cause the braves need him.

Chattmatt

June 30th, 2012
3:22 pm

Its 102 outside if you need to cool down stand next to Dan Uggla.

double

June 30th, 2012
3:48 pm

Excuses & Errors= a big loss.Braves were out hit.Made most errors.We need pitching,pitching.Looks like the company”with their sudden windfall”could send a couple mil. our way.

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