Braves quotes after Thursday’s win over Cubs

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On the Braves’ four-run first inning

“We put a big number up. How ‘bout the at-bat that Francisco gave Garza in that inning? I don’t think he ever recovered from that. I think he ended up throwing 80, 90 pitches in four innings. And then he [Francisco] did it again his second at-bat. And then a home run there at the end to cap it off. That’s good to see. I like the way we scored runs at the beginning of the game and put pressure on.

“Mikey went out there and shut ‘em down. He got better, for me, as the game went on. Only walked two guys, gave up three hits, and punched out the last guy he faced in the seventh. Real good outing on his part.”

On Minor recovering from the homer, then striking out LeHair with two on in 7th

“We had a little cushion to work with, I think it was a five-run lead at that point. You want him to … he gave up a base hit and walk with none out that inning. For him to get LeHair out there was a big turning point for him. I think this is his second outing that’s pretty decent for him. He goes into the All-Star break feeling pretty good about himself, and maybe come out the other side with some momentum.”

On Simmons (at first base) going on every foul ball in Francisco’s 16-pitch at-bat in 1st

“T.P. was … what are you going to do? I’m glad he’s 22. I’m glad it wasn’t Chipper out there running those springs. But it really was a helluva an at-bat, [Francisco’s] first two at-bats against him.”

Rough homestand, does winning last won at least make it a little better before heading to Philly?

“It puts us at .500 for the homestand, 5-5. Obviously you want to be better than that. We had some opportunities to be better than that. We didn’t, but we’ll take .500 right now, the way things are going. But now we need to go get Huddy to give us a good performance in Philly and carry it on all the way to the All-Star break.”

**MIKE MINOR

On four-run lead in 1st making his job easier

“Definitely. I just tried to throw strikes. There for a while I was trying to over-throw and I kept going 2-0, 3-0. It wasn’t because I was trying to nip around the corners or anything, obviously, with a 4-nothing lead. It was more just trying to go after hitters, and I think I was over-throwing.”

Do anything differently today than last few starts, to keep it together the whole way? All pitches working today?

“We didn’t really use a whole lot of sliders. More curveball, change, and fastball. We threw maybe three or so [sliders]. Other than that, I was just trying to hit spots. We got the lead early.”

Changeup has been sketchy lately; it was working today?

“It was OK. It worked at nights. Got a couple of pop-outs, maybe one or two groundballs.”

To come back from the home run, also get the LeHair strikeout, type of innings that have sometimes gotten away from you

“I wasn’t really worried about the home run. I was trying to throw strikes. Basically Mac was setting up down the middle and I was trying to hit his glove.”

For confidence, how important was this start going into All-Star break for second half?

“It’s pretty much the same question every week. Every week it’s trying to get better. Throughout the week, throwing bullpens, sides, trying to work with Roger and some of the other veteran pitchers, see what kind of information they give me. Every week I’m just trying to get better.”

**BRIAN McCANN

You guys gave Minor a big lead in first inning and he knew what to do with it today

“Yeah, we came out and had some good ABs early and basically the whole game. Garza settled in there for a minute, and then they brought some relievers in that were making their pitches here and there. But overall it was great to give him a lead and give us a lead.”

How about some of the at-bats in the first inning, specifically Francisco’s?

“How many was it, 16 [pitches] someone said? That’s awesome. And then he saw, what, 12 the next time up? And he hit a homer. So he had a great game. Kind of got Garza tired there with all those pitches. You need stuff like that to get to the bullpen.”

Can a start like this help Minor mentally, going to the break?

“Absolutely. This is a confidence builder. He made his pitches when he needed to. He had a no-hitter going to the fifth. He pitched well.”

How about you, been hitting some balls hard and today got something to show for it

“It’s good to finally be in a good spot, going up to the plate thinking you’re going to get a hit. When you get in the box and you’re struggling and you look out at the pitcher and you know it’s going to be tough to get a knock [hit], that’s a tough feeling to have.”

On the homestand

“We had an OK homestand, ended it on a good note. Now we need to go to Philly and take care of business.”

64 comments Add your comment

Brandon

July 5th, 2012
11:06 pm

Good job Bravos

Bama Brave

July 5th, 2012
11:10 pm

Jarvis Jones

July 5th, 2012
11:16 pm

average homestand for an average team

B_F 54

July 5th, 2012
11:28 pm

Average comment from an average Jarvis

B_F 54

July 5th, 2012
11:28 pm

Average comment from an average Jarvis

B_F 54

July 5th, 2012
11:28 pm

Average comment from an average Jarvis

Rabid Dawg

July 5th, 2012
11:38 pm

Well….that just about sums it up for me. “We had an ok homestand”. So let me get this straight…its ok to go 5-5 on your home stand when you are expected by many to challenge for a playoff spot.

This is not MCcanns’s fault. FG is allowing this mentality to consume the team. FG is not a winning coach. Worst of all…he is failing to get the most out of these players. He needs to go!

JC Boscan III

July 6th, 2012
12:00 am

Hmmm… so far, the comments seem a bit AVERAGE….. when Fredi doesn’t cap-tip, it seems to throw everyone off………. but, he did throw his usual descriptive “helluva” in there.

The Cap Tipper

July 6th, 2012
12:20 am

Average? With this subpar defense, incosistent offense, and very inconsistent starting pitching…this is a 75 win team at best….Fredi is gonna see a few more L’s in the 2nd half, and he will be scratching his head all the way to the unemployment line…he will make several bad moves in the 2nd half that cost us another 5 or 6 games, when wins are already VERY hard to come by with this inconsistent offense. The offense will go into at least one more VERY prolonged slump before the year is up, guaranteeing us at least an 8 game losing streak, and that is pretty much the nail in the pathetic coffin for this season…The sad thing is I actually see this team getting hot at the very end of the year again…once they are already 12 games out with a month left to go. Braves chokers and loser mindsets. Owners and upper management even worse. FIRE FREDI. FIRE WREN…..

The Cap Tipper

July 6th, 2012
12:23 am

Can we please Fire Fredi now??? And McDowell as well? I know it would be a pipe dream thinking Wren might actually leave with them, but maybe with enough fan abuse we can actually run him out of town!! What do y’all think? Maybe shaving cream his car, yell profanities at him leaving work, urinate on his lawn, give him swirlies….come on we need some high school bullies to get Frank and Fredi out, because Liberty aint doin it….

keylargo

July 6th, 2012
12:26 am

Carroll – I was looking for something else but found this. Still seems apprropriate. Two years old – hit Chipper 2nd.

keylargo
December 28th, 2010
4:27 pm

Carroll – Have you ever heard anyone talk about hitting Chipper 2nd? I think if you took away the responsibility of hitting 30 HR’s you expect out of the #3 hitter, let him use his great eye for the strike zone and concentrate on hitting singles and doubles he would be ideal. It would be like 2008 all over again.

.330 average and .430 obp

The Cap Tipper

July 6th, 2012
12:27 am

Braves now 52-57 since Sept. 1st of last year….Keep Rockin in the Loser world Atlanta Braves….soon enough you guys will be sniffing the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs jockstraps…. Rock on Braves with your sub .500 selves…

cowdogit

July 6th, 2012
12:41 am

David O’Brien

Why do you delete the blogs you don’t agree with. My blogs are not vulgar, no reason to censor me because you disagree with my message. Freedom of speech, not for this newspaper.

Lee Maye

July 6th, 2012
1:32 am

Some of you were ready to send Francisco to AAA. The kid can put up some numbers if given an extended chance to play. If given the 3B job next year, look for 25 HR’s 80 Rbi’s from Francisco. He makes contact more than Uggla but that is not saying much.

Should have hung on to Sutton and given him a chance. He is leading off for Pirates and hitting. And, that is for a first place team. Could have helped the Braves more than Hinske, Diaz, Wilson.

reckingball

July 6th, 2012
1:33 am

“Braves now 52-57 since Sept. 1st of last year…”
Heck are the Braves still playing last year’s season, I thought that it had ended ‘last year’. I think they are about 4 games over .500 ‘this season’. Should be a better record for ‘this season’, but it is what it is.
go braves

reckingball

July 6th, 2012
1:34 am

Is this a newspaper? I thought it was a blog on the computer.

Lee Maye

July 6th, 2012
1:35 am

Be sure to tune in Tuesday night to see the Dan Uggla show at the AS game. May be the worst starter voted in or added, ever. Wait a minute. Nate McLouse was once named.

NickB

July 6th, 2012
1:41 am

Lee

still leading in a lot of categories at 2nd base, suck it hater

Pale Rider

July 6th, 2012
1:56 am

Since the All-Star game now has meaning, can voters see through the contract size and put the best in the game. smUGGLA will strike out twice and is likely to have an error. Not that it helps the Braves chances for home field- but at least somebody in the NL can benefit. Trade smUGGLA & FRED. Get us some pitchers.

Pale Rider

July 6th, 2012
2:00 am

If the Hawks can deal Joe Johnson, we can deal Uggla- $15 mil/yr buys 3 top notch pitchers. Why change what has worked for so long?

David the Shepherd

July 6th, 2012
3:08 am

“Braves now 52-57 since Sept. 1st of last year…”

“Heck are the Braves still playing last year’s season, I thought that it had ended ‘last year’. I think they are about 4 games over .500 ‘this season’. Should be a better record for ‘this season’, but it is what it is.”
go braves–Lobo’s Lackey

You can say go braves or whatever else you want…HOWEVER, the poster brings up a valid point of what the Braves have done over a certain period of time. Heck man, attitude influences a lot of factors and Fredi’s is one of “whatever happens, it’s out of our control.” “We play as hard as we can and the baseball gods determine our fate.” That is utter BS!!! Name one company where the leader tells his followers/employees that we can only do what we do and the chips fall where they may. C’mon, dude. Are you seriously gonna take up for such a lax “manager” who perpetrates an attitude that there is really nothing that can be done except “keep doing what we’re doing?”

If you are a Braves fan, then you must demand more than “if it happens, it was meant to be. If not, then we’ll get ‘em next year.”

wliiy g hate liberty media,i

July 6th, 2012
5:06 am

I am going to church sunday and pray to my god that when liberty media board members get on a plane it crashes and burns so somrone like mark cuban or arthur blank or hank aaron will buy the braves to make our payroll 150 millon so we can get good qualitly players and a manager like joe torresince god answers prayers this needs to happen fast before braves go to last place and never recover.

wliiy g hate liberty media,i

July 6th, 2012
5:08 am

Phillies will win 2 of 3 or sweep atlsnta

terry bellamy

July 6th, 2012
5:50 am

were playing for the wild card in the second half and it will be remarkable if we best the reds ,pirates giants ,dodgers and mets records to get in .the nationals look like a lock as they keep beating the best teams in the national league

Nattering Nabob

July 6th, 2012
6:09 am

cowdogit–given the stuff that shows up on this blog, it’s hard to believe that anything gets censored.

ph

July 6th, 2012
6:16 am

yeah Chipper better light a spark under their butts for this upcoming series. The Braves have the pitching advantage for all 3 games, but they didn’t show up when they had a former wide receiver look like Cy Young against them.

Ellabell1

July 6th, 2012
6:28 am

Sitting Ugla for one game was not enough. He has to start looking at the ball when he swings. This is basic little league stuff. Watch Chipper make contact, he is watching the ball as it hits the bat. Two and three strikeouts a game is not cutting it. Chipper needs to start his next job early and start coaching Ugla.

PaulG

July 6th, 2012
6:52 am

Blame fredi for the victory

PaulG

July 6th, 2012
6:52 am

Good point nattering nabob

PaulG

July 6th, 2012
6:54 am

Nick b…you are too rational for this forum….you believe in data

BravesfaninAugusta

July 6th, 2012
7:09 am

Francisco is going to make the debate interesting about who should play 3B next year… I still like Prado there long term but the kid had a good game.

BravesfaninAugusta

July 6th, 2012
7:15 am

Rabid Dawg

July 5th, 2012
11:38 pm

Well….that just about sums it up for me. “We had an ok homestand”. So let me get this straight…its ok to go 5-5 on your home stand when you are expected by many to challenge for a playoff spot.

This is not MCcanns’s fault. FG is allowing this mentality to consume the team. FG is not a winning coach. Worst of all…he is failing to get the most out of these players. He needs to go!
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I think that last comment is exactly what I’ve been thinking about Fredi… his “oh well, tip your cap, we’ll get ‘em next time” attitude stinks. Realize he has to say that stuff in the press, but I never see him get emotional at all in the dugout, so the team may not have any clue what this guy is thinking day to day.

phil

July 6th, 2012
7:45 am

cowdogit
July 6th, 2012
12:41 am

David O’Brien

Why do you delete the blogs you don’t agree with. My blogs are not vulgar, no reason to censor me because you disagree with my message. Freedom of speech, not for this newspaper.

*********
most all of us disagree with your “message”, but it’s so pitiful, so overwhelmingly pathetic and moronic that there’s no way it’s actually being censored. Why waste the time on such drivel?

Good Grief Charlie Brown

July 6th, 2012
7:48 am

BravesfaninAugusta

July 6th, 2012
7:09 am
Francisco is going to make the debate interesting about who should play 3B next year… I still like Prado there long term but the kid had a good game.

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No debate needed: Prado should play 3rd….period. Francisco hasn’t done anything to even warrant a discussion about it.

Rufus

July 6th, 2012
7:51 am

Definately need a PC change RM just can’t get it done. But neither can the MANAGER. The attitude of the team is a reflection of the manager, that’ that part which should be included in that word manager.he needs to manage, and not just stand there and let HIS team do as they please. For Christ sake these men are paid huge bucks for producing, so if no production, bench them or trade them.

phil

July 6th, 2012
7:53 am

Flabsisco hits one homer and suddenly he’s the answer…..

Deliver me.

Rufus

July 6th, 2012
7:53 am

In addition i know you can’t produce every day, BUT BUT BUT BUT just consistently

Rufus

July 6th, 2012
7:55 am

He needs some seasoning in the minors, but again that’s part of managing

Mike from the coast

July 6th, 2012
8:00 am

Most of you negative posters don’t seem to realize how young this team is. You need to realize how the Braves were built in the early 90’s. Every position player on this team is in their 20’s with the exception of Chipper and Uggla. We have three 22 year old players starting. Our pitching staff with the exception of Huddy is 26 or younger. Do you want to build a team for the long haul and be good for years to come or do you want to trade all of our young talented players to try and win this year. Remember the 93 team, 10 games down in August, but went on to win 104 games. This team may rally in the second half. But, if they don’t I really like our future.

Charlie

July 6th, 2012
8:06 am

Uggla is a total head case. He makes contact in less than half of his at bats. His last 2 AB’s (Wednesday/Thursday)…combined 6 pitch K’s…1st two pitches, called strikes…strike 3 was a swing & miss, on pitches a foot outside, and nearly in the dirt. Worthless Dan just waved at them. Obviously he was frustrated, and just gave away the AB’s. Great effort, Worthless Dan! That’s Dan Uggla…a pouty headcase.
The Uggla trade was a huge mistake. Terrible numbers…a most expensive player, that brings nothing to the team.
Can’t trade him, as he has no value. Eventually, the Braves will give him away (like Lowe).
Uggla doesn’t have the mental toughness, to work himself out of slumps. That’s why when he goes in the toilet, he stay there FOR MONTHS AT A TIME.
Worthless Dan is an embarrassment, not only that he was elected an ALL STAR (hitting at an ALL STAR like .211), but for his total lack of performance and consistency. Terrrible trade + a 5 year extention. (Another great job, by another Braves head case, Franki Wren!)

Buddy Landel

July 6th, 2012
8:10 am

Uggla a POUTY headcase? Uggla is not performing, but he is hardly pouty. There isn’t a player on this team that gives more effort than Uggla. Criticize poor effort, not poor results.

Homer the Brave

July 6th, 2012
8:23 am

I can’t believe fans voted Uggla to start in the AS game. Does anyone bother to read stats anymore?

Buddy Landel

July 6th, 2012
8:26 am

Aaron Hill deserves to be there. Mike Napoli is only hitting .233 and is starting as well. Pierzynski has better numbers, as does Matt Wieters and probably more. This game is an exhibition and should not decide HFA for the World Series.

Jamie Moyer

July 6th, 2012
8:40 am

I’m a free agent again. Give me a call if Ben Sheets doesn’t work out.

Jasons Sweet Waist

July 6th, 2012
9:01 am

The Man is built,aint he?

Brave New World

July 6th, 2012
9:05 am

If hot air and negativity could fuel engines….

Brava

July 6th, 2012
9:05 am

We had an OK homestand. Ho hum. Tip your cap. We’ll get ‘em next time.

N'Qan

July 6th, 2012
9:17 am

All Star voters just make it a popularity contest. No real baseball info included in the thought process.
Think about last years “pro bowl”, where the players had to be told to play football. It’s all a bad joke.

Morris Code

July 6th, 2012
9:23 am

I think you have to play Francisco at third next year. The kid can flat out rake if given consistent playing time.

OTP

July 6th, 2012
9:31 am

Francisco also needs to lose about 30 pounds.

Brava

July 6th, 2012
9:45 am

I agree, OTP. If Francisco would lose some weight to increase his range and agility, I wouldn’t mind seeing the Braves try him at 3B next season, but in the shape he’s in now, no way.

reckingball

July 6th, 2012
9:56 am

David the Shlepnerd @3:08am……..”If you are a Braves fan then you must demand more”
Are you serious, DEMAND MORE from who, how would YOU go about DEMANDing MORE?
Yeah, David the Shelpnerd, you should go to Turner Field, the 1st game they have after the break, and jump on the field, and then go DEMAND MORE, from Fredi, and his players. I would like to be there, to see how that works out for you. haha.
How old are you, do you realize how the world works?
BTW, I never “took up” for the manager.
And, it is what it is, and there is nothing that YOU can do about it.
GO BRAVES!!!!!

Barbara

July 6th, 2012
10:00 am

No surprise that we won last night we go from good to lously to good. Uggla should give his AS position to someone who deserves it like Prado. It’s a disgrace to the Braves having him representing us in the AS game. He needs to admit it to himself that he needs to go down to the minors to try to get his hitting back on tract . As I have stated before Minor and Delgado are very good young pitchers that need a good pitching coach and McDowell is definetly not it. Fredi sucks as a manager he needs to go and so does McDowell

cowdogit

July 6th, 2012
10:06 am

McDowell has been building his pitching staff for seven years. If he continues on course, the braves should get used to living in the basement.

cowdogit

July 6th, 2012
10:14 am

McDowell is a under cover pitching coach for the Washington Nationals.

Jason's Sweet Cheeks

July 6th, 2012
10:21 am

@ reckingball You probably don’t care and won’t listen, but I will tell you anyway. My real name is Heather. I am a 69 yr old grandmother living in Dallas,TX. The A.W. you refered to is my granddaughter. Whiskey River is my brother. His real name is Chuck. As far as Samantha is concerned, All I know is he did arrest her. Other than that I don’t know. Those other people you referred to. I don’t know. I am sorry for causing you so much grief. I know you don’t believe me. I don’t really care. I am a devoit Brave fan. Have been for years. I just don’t think they will do much this year. I will not bother you any more. I cannot vouch for my brother. Good Bye Good Luck. God Bless you and may he give you peace, Go Braves!!!

cowdogit

July 6th, 2012
10:22 am

McDowell cuts Bobby cox’s lawn every Saturday, so forget about replacing him as the pitching coach.

Morris Code

July 6th, 2012
10:29 am

Francisco is in much better shape than the Kong Fu Panda, the all star Sandavol. Apparently his weight doesn’t stop him from raking when given consistent playing time.

Brandon

July 6th, 2012
10:55 am

francisco is a true hacker and he has tremendous power. if he had more playing time i see him as a 270 or 280 hitter. The only thing that i would like to see is better pitch selection from him.

jim

July 6th, 2012
11:36 am

willie g hate,

If you go to church to pray for plane crashes, or even to pray for sporting event wins, then your time would be better spent on the golf course. If there is a God, then He, She, It, or Them would have far more important things to do in running a multiverse than fix sporting outcomes. Your praying for the deaths of the Liberty Media honchos, as reprehensible as they may be, is worthy of the Taliban.

bvillebaron

July 6th, 2012
11:44 am

Cap Tipper:

Just read an interesting comment from Ken Rosenthal @ Fox Sports (ever hear of him?). He points out that the Braves have the second most wins from 2009 to 2011 while spending the second lowest amount of money during that time period. The Braves averaged 89 wins over those 3 years with an average payroll of $89 per year. The ONLY team that did better was Tampa Bay who averaged 92 wins over the same time period with an average payroll of $59 per year. Rosenthal also points out that the Braves have the 5th yougest team in the major leagues.

Sorry to interject some FACTS into youir continued rant against Wren.

Nattering Nabob

July 6th, 2012
12:02 pm

Any move Fredi makes has the potential to be a winner or a loser, depending on how well the players execute. I think in-game decisions are way overrated and too easily second guessed. The manager primarily has his influence and makes his mark outside of the actual game in how he deals with the players.

jim

July 6th, 2012
12:12 pm

Nattering Nabob,

There are times I get frustrated with Fredi, especially over his refusal to play hit and run with Prado and Bourn, but the key to making successful in-game decisions is having a deep bullpen and a good bench. Fredi has neither of those two ingredients.

BravesfaninAugusta

July 6th, 2012
11:19 pm

The only issue with moving Prado for good into 3B is then we need another solid outfielder next year… and don’t we have Salcedo, Terdo and others coming up that might fill the bill at 3B?

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