Braves quotes after Saturday’s win over Nationals

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Minor:

“Under tough conditions, I think we took a step forward with him today. He competed his butt off today and gave everything he had. Today 80 something pitches might equal about 140, the way the weather was. I thought for his psyche and his confidence, I felt like we took a step forward with him today.”

On the middle innings:

“He was a bulldog today. He didn’t give it up. Good for him. Now we go on to his next start, hopefully we can build on that from today’s start.”

On using the heat as the home-field advantage:

“I don’t know if anybody had the advantage today but we play here, and I know it gets hot in DC also. This is our field. We’re used to these conditions, maybe not as extreme, but it shouldn’t be a problem for us.”

On Heyward in third spot:

“We came in this morning and I thought the first four hitters were our best hitters, or the guys that were the hottest today. So we put them put there four in a row, Bourny, Prado, and Heyward and Freeman. And I think the first two guys got on base seven times and we created some baserunning opportunities to score some runs. It worked today.”

On Uggla’s hit:

“Big hit against Strasburg, big double, RBI. Two innings of three-runs, some crooked numbers, which really helped.”

On Durbin’s out:

“He may be the O’Flaherty and Jonny Venters of last year this year. He doesn’t give in very often, even though he walked two guys there he got us a big out. We were able to bridge it to O’Flaherty and Kimbrel.”

DAN UGGLA

On beating the Nats:

“It was a fun game today. It was hot. I still didn’t feel amazing, but I was able to get one down the line and get a run across. My teammates did a great job of just battling, grinding, putting up good at-bats, and making their pitchers work. Mikey was battling then he kind of settled in and bullpen came in and held them.”

On getting a win over Nats anyway, anyhow:

“Yeah. They’ve been playing good baseball all year. They’ve obviously had our number the last 10-12 games. They’ve got great pitching, a great lineup, but so do we, and it’s time we turned the corner with what’s been going on against them the last however many games. We’ve got to come back out tomorrow and win the series.”

On Bourn, Prado setting the tone, taking pitches:

“They really did. Both those hitters are so tough. Mikey knows how to hit. He hits the ball hard every time, it seems like. So does Prad. Prad works the count as good as anybody. Those first two batters, I think he threw 12 pitches, and we didn’t score that inning, but it still set the tone and made him work more than I’m sure he wanted to.”

On if you could see Strasburg affected by heat:

“I didn’t really notice it until he came up to bat right before he came out of the game. The umpire said he saw him, it looked like he was kind of dizzy after I think I hit the double. It was hot, and he was working as hard as he could work. But sometimes that heat, you can’t control it….It’s always a positive if you’re only going to see three innings of him. He’s a great competitor. He’s got top-of-the-line stuff, and we were able to get into their bullpen and tack on a few more.”

MIKE MINOR

On if something to build on:

“Yeah. You guys ask me the same thing every week but yeah, it’s just an up and down year right now for me. I’m just trying to do my best every time I go out there and try to give the team a chance to win and try to do my job at the plate. Luckily today I got a bunt down. That’s been a struggle for me too. We ended up scoring a run out of that. Every game there’s something to take from, some positives and some negatives to look at and work off of that.”

On if it felt 104:

“It felt really hot but I’d go down into the tunnel and I’d drink a Powerade pretty much every inning when I came in there, and sit in the air-conditioning and watch the game from down in the tunnel. So it wasn’t as bad as some of the others guys who played positions the whole time.”

On if part of win, just be able to stay in the heat longer:

“I guess so. I heard Strasburg was feeling dizzy. You don’t ever want to see a guy go down because of that or injury or anything like that. But luckily with him being so good, they had to go into their bullpen and get some of their guys. So it kind of worked out for us.”

On being in same draft class a few spots apart:

“We actually played on the same USA team. We all knew he was going No. 1. We all knew how much better he was than everybody else. And he just shows it every time he goes out there. He’s got top-of-the-line stuff. He’s like Kimbrel being a starter, with a change-up. He’s just a dominant pitcher. And for him to go down today and get brought out early, it helped us out with their bullpen.”

CHAD DURBIN

On escaping the seventh:

“You can’t give up a pitch in the middle of the plate, so you’re throwing to the corners and trusting it’s going to work out at some point. I don’t think any of the at-bats were 3-0 counts. The Moore kid laid off some really good pitches. you know he had power and you know that’s probably what he’s trying to do at that point, if he’s not swinging at pitches away that are close to the corner, then he’s looking for something middle in to drive. I wanted to stay out there, missed a couple times and I knew facing Flores, he’s been hot with the fastball, swinging it well. So try to get ahead of him and make him hit something I want him to instead of something he wants to.”

On staying stubborn:

“There are bases open. And it’ll look bad on the stat sheet but it’s not about a stat sheet, it’s about winning. That’s the thought process.”

DAVEY JOHNSON

Comments from Nats manager and Strasburg compliments of esteemed Nats writers Mark Zuckerman and Amanda Comak

On Strasburg’s heat-related problems:

“He had a rough first inning and a rough second inning and after the second inning he wasn’t even speaking to (pitching coach Steve) McCatty and he was white in the face. He went out again, had a rough inning, threw a lot of pitches and came in and went in the runway and was breathing pretty heavy. It was pretty scary and he wasn’t talking too good. I found out later that he got a little dizzy while he was out on the mound. The problem was he was totally dehydrated and the doctor gave him three transfusions of saline (after the game) and he still wasn’t going to the bathroom so it was clear. But I think he’s going to be all right. That’s the good news.”

On if thought about not sending him up to hit:

“Well I mean, you know, a lot of us get a little lightheaded sometimes in the heat. He’s such a gifted athlete I thought I’d see how he went out and threw the ball at warm-up, but when he came back in he was white as a sheet. Then I went out and told the umpire he can’t continue and to give Chien-Ming all the throws he needs. He said ‘Well (Strasburg) was even kind of dizzy at home plate.’ It’s scary. A first for me.”

STEPHEN STRASBURG

On having to come out because of the conditions:

“It’s tough out there. Obviously I want to go out there and compete, and I expected a lot more of myself. By no means was I going out there thinking I wasn’t prepared for it. I did everything I could to be ready for it as far as hydrating and everything. I’ve just got to learn from it. It’s a tough situation, but it’s nothing I can do about it now.”

On if being on base contributed to it?

“I don’t know. I don’t think that has anything to do with it. It’s tough for me to do it, because I sweat a lot more than most people. I knew that going into this, so I was constantly drinking, trying to get fluids in. I don’t know, it just didn’t work, I guess.”

On if he came back into the AC between innings?

“Yeah, I was doing that in between innings and everything. It just didn’t seem to change the symptoms or anything. It’s tough. I feel like I let the team down today. It’s just something I’ve got to get over.”

35 comments Add your comment

reckingball

June 30th, 2012
9:17 pm

braves number 1

NickB

June 30th, 2012
9:21 pm

Let’s see how Gio feels after playing so many games in Oakland last year

reckingball

June 30th, 2012
9:28 pm

Sounds like he was close to a heat stroke, and that can kill a person.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
9:32 pm

Said manager Fredi Gonzalez, speaking of Minor: “I think we took a step forward with him today

The bad thing about that is that in the past Minor has taken one step forward then taken two steps backward.

Bama Brave

June 30th, 2012
9:35 pm

The Red Soxs DFA Darnell Macdonald. I like him go get him…..

bravesgrl4life

June 30th, 2012
9:39 pm

I thought that, too, reckingball.

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
9:40 pm

I read an article today that stated that Bryce Harper was a lock for Rookie of Year. He does not lead in average. Hr’s RBI’S or runs scored. So how is he a lock for ROY? just curious .

Quack Quack

June 30th, 2012
9:52 pm

WOW!! Sac Flies…What an interesting concept….

GO BRAVES!!!

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
9:54 pm

Angel Wings

Harper doesn’t hane a lock on ROY in fact if the season ended with the stats as they are right now Simmons would have a lock on it.

Quack Quack

June 30th, 2012
9:54 pm

Hi Angel Wings… I’d say that everybody has Bryce figured out. Just keep pitching outside.

Angel Wings

June 30th, 2012
9:59 pm

Thanks for answering question. It didn’t make any sense. Of course it was ESPN magazine. I guess that explains it.

Felix

June 30th, 2012
10:03 pm

Re: Bryce Harper. It doesn’t take long for Major League pitchers to find and exploit a rookie’s weaknesses. Looks like they have already figured out how to pitch him.

ACE

June 30th, 2012
10:10 pm

Why don’t you post comments from the other team after every game. That way it would be something different than the usual cap tipping and keep running him out there. Kudos to whom ever decided to do it.

m4licious420

June 30th, 2012
10:18 pm

“Bourny”??? Are you serious, Fredi? Do you want the guy to resign with us or not!? With a nickname like that, I’d hit the road as fast as possible… I hope the other guys don’t call him that.

Ralph

June 30th, 2012
10:32 pm

It ain’t what you call me it’s what you pay me!

m4licious420

June 30th, 2012
10:47 pm

“You guys ask me the same thing every week…”

Looks like even the players are beginning to grow tired of the same generic questions, DOB. Maybe this will motivate you to delve a little deeper? To be a little more critical of this team’s ongoing issues, possibly? Why don’t you just go ahead and ask Minor and Delgado when they’re going to get their s–t together? I would suggest doing the same with Gonzalez, something like: “Dude, do you ever learn from past experience? And if not, have you ever considered this a goal, one that if accomplished, could help your managerial skills?”

George Washington

June 30th, 2012
10:55 pm

you forget m4licious, dob is a “company man”. company men don’t rock the boat. That’s the difference between a journalist and a “company man”.

bostonbravo

June 30th, 2012
10:58 pm

Psyche…PSYCHE???

wtg Havana Fats!!!
Got Wren snowed another couple weeks…

Interested Bystander

June 30th, 2012
11:13 pm

I am thankful that Strasburg’s condition did not worsen.

m4licious420

June 30th, 2012
11:15 pm

@George Washington: This is true, I simply forgot.

Ken Stallings

June 30th, 2012
11:31 pm

OK, I stand corrected. If there was that much physical evidence of heat exhaution (and possibly heat stroke) then removing him from the game was necessary. It is amazing then to see how demonstrative he was in the dugout after being removed from the game. The kid’s either got one amazing sense of competitive spirit or he made a quick recovery by the time the top of the fourth inning was completed.

Lobosolo

July 1st, 2012
12:03 am

m4licious420, Seems you fancy yourself on being an authority on managing baseball games and being a crack reporter… what exactly is it that you really do? Please tell all of us… And why aren’t you managing big league baseball or being a writer for a living? What was that again? How many other fields are there that you’re an expert in? Professional armchair… now that I would believe…

reckingball

July 1st, 2012
12:51 am

Kids these days?
go braves!

Livan is Gone

July 1st, 2012
3:26 am

5 innings 4er and 10base runners is a step forward?? What a joke, its D lowe alll over again!

Darryl Blackberry

July 1st, 2012
3:30 am

Harper WOULD win the ROY if the season ended right now, for the same reason that Hideo Nomo won out over Chipper in 1995. It’s a bigger, better story…the guy’s good for the game…such a dynamic player…blah blah blah.

But, heck, we got a diamond in the rough playing short for us, and I wouldn’t even consider Harper better than Simmy in any aspect of play, to be honest.

Brandon

July 1st, 2012
7:09 am

the way i see it, harper would probably win it at this point. This reminds me of the heyward and posey battle. Heyward had the rookie of the year by a long shot at first, but then he slowed down and posey took the award. If simmons continues to play the way that he is playing and helps the braves in a playoff run, then there is a good chance that he could win the ROY.

as for chipper and hideo nomo, nomo’s numbers for a pitcher were far superior than chipper’s for a hitter. of course nomo wasn’t really a rookie to professional baseball though

bravesgrl4life

July 1st, 2012
7:58 am

Again, I’ll say it: MLB and ESPN have decided they want Washington to go all the way this year, their players to be in the ASG, and Harper to win ROY. MLB wants it, but can’t be blatantly unfair to other teams (i.e., those playing the Nats). ESPN on the other hand has no such compulsion to not be so biased. They can crown the Nats and Harper before the ASG all they want, and nobody can do a darn thing about it.

I really hope the Braves spoil all those well-laid plans.

cowdogit

July 1st, 2012
8:09 am

Chipper’s not going to play in this heat very long ! It’s about time for another three or four week vacation .

David O'Brien

July 1st, 2012
10:13 am

Braves lineup: Bourn cf, Prado lf, Heyward rf, Jones 3b, Uggla 2b, Freeman 1b, Simmons ss, Ross c, Hudson p

David O'Brien

July 1st, 2012
11:10 am

you forget m4licious, dob is a “company man.” — George Washington

You’re right, and Cox Media Group is the company. The one that pays me. (We have no connection to Liberty Media, which owns the Braves.)

Greene Hornet

July 1st, 2012
11:39 am

Wow… The Heat beat OKC and comes to Atlanta and beats Strasberg, too…

64 year Braves fan

July 1st, 2012
11:53 am

Can’t Braves pitchers ever pitch in the 6th inning without giving up runs? If I was Fredi, I would have
my bullpen warmed up and ready at the first sign of trouble.

Wrecker

July 1st, 2012
12:05 pm

Most pitchers suffer problems in the same innings. For instance, Glavine always had a problem in the first inning. This is often the result of needing to feel out a pitch and determine what is working. Changeup or curve ball pitchers often have problems early in the game.

Other pitchers that work off the corners or change speeds often find trouble in the 3rd or 4th inning, when the batters are seeing the pitcher for the second time.

When a player is having problems in the 6th or 7th inning, I see this as a conditioning, velocity, or movement problem. When the effort to throw the fastball at the same speed increases later in the game, pitchers’ fastballs tend to lose some movement. More effort at the same speed equals less movement. This is not necessarily true of sinkerballers like Hudson, whose ball drops more when he gets later in the game.

Brandon

July 1st, 2012
12:50 pm

@Greene Hornet hahaha thats right!!!

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