Braves postgame quotes after Friday’s win over Phillies

TIM HUDSON

On Fredi said no baseball getting ball out of your hand:

“I just hit it at a weird angle and it kind of hyperextended a little bit, and it bit me pretty good. It hurts but it’s one of those things where there’s no damage done. It just hurts, and you’ve got to give it a minute for it to go away. And it was OK after that. It happened a little bit a few pitches later, but honestly it’s been gradually getting better every day. Today I was actually talking about how good it felt. And that’s probably why it bit me a little bit because I was talking about how good it was. I felt more normal tonight than I have been over my last four or five starts. I might have just pushed it a little too much on a couple pitches.”

On if felt it on pitch to Ruiz:

“Yeah that cutter I threw to Ruiz, I guess I might have gotten out there a little too much and hyperextended it a little bit. It just grabbed me pretty good.”

On convincing Fredi/Porter you were fine:

“I definitely needed a minute. But they were more concerned with my mechanics changing and hurting something else. I more or less just needed a standing eight count.”

On offspeed stuff:

“My cutter was pretty good. I had a good change-up. I was mixing in some curveballs. Today was probably the best I’ve felt throughout this whole process. I felt like my fastball velocity wise was pretty close to normal. I know for the last three or four starts I didn’t have a whole lot of confidence to really let it go. But coming into tonight my ankle felt really good and I was able to get out on it and finish some pitches. As a result I felt like I had better stuff than the last few times.”

On if shorten stride some:

“That’s what I had been doing the previous three or four starts, shorten my stride a little bit and not quite putting so much force on it. as a result the stuff isn’t quite as good as it could be with a healthy wheel. (Tonight) it was as close (to 100 percent) as it’s been in a while. Even after it bit me a couple times, I still felt like it was OK.”

On how it felt later in the game:

“It was a little more sore than it was before I tweaked it a little bit but it wasn’t to the point where it was going to take away from my pitches. I feel like it’s turning a corner. Going to have a week or so to treat and get everything calmed down and hopefully come second half it won’t be an issue.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hudson:

“It was one of those things, that ankle he’s been having trouble (with) bites him and it bit him pretty good. And he did it two times within four pitches, but he wasn’t going to come out of the game. He said I’ll figure it out. (pitching coach) Roger (McDowell) and I were worried that he would change his delivery a little bit or hurt his arm. And he goes no, I’ll be fine. And Mac said the ball is still coming out good. He gave us a hell of a chance to win the ballgame against a pretty tough lineup.”

On if he showed any signs after second:

“No. he said after the first couple times that thing grabbed on him, it felt the same the rest of the game as (it did) warming up with it. It didn’t get any worse. He’ll get seven days. Hopefully that’ll get him really over the hump and be ready to pitch on Friday.”

On him convincing you he was fine:

“Yeah, the biggest thing is ‘I’m fine, I’m OK,’ the next thing you know we walk in here and it’s 15 days on the DL. You trust him enough as a veteran. He’ll tell you when he can go, or he’s fine or get me out of here. So you trust him. He gave us a great chance today.”

On taking advantage of wild pitcher in eighth:

“Mac’s going to get all the credit and deservedly so. A grand slam is a grand slam but Chipper had a great at-bat, Freeman had some great at-bats, Diaz had a great at-bat to keep the inning rolling and of course Mac gets him. I told Mac ‘great game calling today, caught a shutout, first one since May, and by the way nice grand slam too. But we could have won 1-0.’ Just kidding. 1-0 here is a tough way to win a ballgame.”

On McCann getting bat going:

“He’s been swinging the bat the last three or four games. We’ve seen him hit some balls hard at people. This is back-to-back days with home runs. Making contact. You see the old Brian McCann of the past and he’s told me numerous times in the last two weeks that he’s ready to be the best player in the second half. He goes out and gives these performances the last four nights and you can believe him.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On Hudson:

“For him to stay in the game, he’s been battling that ankle for a while now, and every fifth he takes the ball and every fifth day he gives us a really good chance to win. It’s going to take more than that to get him out of the game.”

On if it’s like his shutout in Miami:

“I think he has the ability to change his mechanics a little bit. Tonight he didn’t stride as far out as he normally does. He able to still create that sink on the baseball and tonight I thought he threw his offspeed pitches wherever he wanted whenever he wanted.”

On tough as they come:

“He’s one of the toughest guys that you’re going to come across.”

On success with bases loaded:

“It’s kind of been weird. I love hitting with the bases loaded because they have to come at you. They can’t walk you. It’s definitely a good feeling to stand in the box and know they have to come see you.”

On going in this direction heading into break:

“I said this four or five days ago. I’ve been working really hard to stay consistent. I’ve been feeling really good at the plate. Hopefully I can continue this and help this team win the second half of the season because the first half, I was as bad as I’m going to get. We’re still right there in the mix, and I was hitting in the middle of the order not doing anything. So I feel like the second half is going to be a big one and I’m excited for it.”

CHIPPER JONES

On gutsy effort by Hudson:

“Gutsy? If he took care of his feet, he wouldn’t have to worry about it. I was wondering if there was a three knockdown rule, like there is in boxing. Can’t come out three times, bring the trainer. Nah, he was good. He stayed on top of them. He didn’t walk anybody. I think he hit one guy, but he was ahead of him 0-2. You’ve got to pitch ahead in this ballpark. It’s a tough place to pitch, especially with that lineup. They’ve got speed at the top, they’ve got power in the middle. Every time somebody swings a bat, you hold your breath. But he got a lot of weak outs. There weren’t too many balls that were stung tonight off of him. That’s an indication that he’s on top of his game.”

On two-out, two on in the eighth:

“I’m walking to the plate thinking OK first and second, I’ve got a lefty on deck behind me. I’m probably going to get a bunch of soft stuff. And I took a cutter right down the middle because I just wanted to see where his head was at. And I think that guy has got really good stuff but he’s struggling with command right now. When he throws strikes it’s down the middle. When he tries to be on the corner, he’s missing off. So he got ahead of me, maybe tried to be a little too fine, ended up walking me. That guy has been rock solid for them the last year or so. Finally got to him because he was a little wild tonight.”

On what it means to team to have McCann doing what he’s doing:

“It’s going to happen. The back of the baseball card tells us that. I guess we just need to concentrate on loading the bases for him because he does really good with the bases loaded. I think the at-bat before stung him a little bit (strikeout with runners first and second). It was a tough pitch, but like you said he wasn’t about to let that opportunity go by without getting his hacks in. He backspun that one pretty good.”

29 comments Add your comment

tom

July 6th, 2012
11:08 pm

Cap Tipping Time!!!!!!!!! for the phillies. oh and 2nd.

Bob

July 6th, 2012
11:10 pm

Why no questions for Dan Uggla on his great hitting night and how he must be looking forward to his well deserved All Star appearance.

BravesfaninAugusta

July 6th, 2012
11:14 pm

Love Chipper’s comments and humor. Now we need to get Dan a few hits before the All-Star game.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

July 6th, 2012
11:56 pm

Looks like that Just For Men in B-Mac’s beard empowered him to great hieghts!

bravesgrl4life

July 7th, 2012
12:01 am

Thanks for the quotage CR!

Lobosolo

July 7th, 2012
12:39 am

Bob, go berate one of your kids… you ain’t no fan…

bustersonly

July 7th, 2012
12:41 am

Lets see now in the last two days we have beaten the last in the NLC and the last place team in the NLE, just hope we keep playing these last place teams.

DOB Needs To Ask Tougher Questions!

July 7th, 2012
12:48 am

Reaching for iiiiiit…reaching for iiiiiit…

BOOM!

You gotta tip your cap to McCann for showing a pulse finally! He really needs to try to get it together or he is going to end up being let go.

But you REALLY have to tip your cap to Howard for playing so well after almost a year out and coming back from an injury like that.

Gotta tip ‘em, folks!

HIVPositive

July 7th, 2012
1:14 am

I just heard that Andrelton Simmons could be in a package to get Zack Greinke. That would be a horrible move if that is true.

Brandon

July 7th, 2012
1:24 am

and you heard this from where?

YoungerThan ThatNow

July 7th, 2012
2:01 am

Andrelton Simmons in ANY package… I ain’t buying that one either!

Fire Fredi

July 7th, 2012
2:05 am

shoulda asked fredi why he wouldn’t have martin prado bunt with no outs and runners on 1st and 2nd in the 8th inning of a 0-0 game??? even the commentators that are normally very positive and forgiving of fredi g are starting to vocally doubt him. fredi could have easily cost us another game tonight. he owes b mac big time

trade deadline coming

July 7th, 2012
2:48 am

I read about Orioles are interested in Greinke too , so the braves needs to trade for Greinke soon..

my deal could be the next: Minor or Delgado, Pastornicky and Gearrin for Greinke

i heard too about the Padres are open to trade Quentin and Street ..

my deal: Minor or Delgado, Juan Francisco and Terdoslavich and some A or AA middle prospect for Street and Quentin……Street contract; 7,5 mdd ,,1 mdd paying for Rockies..good season no blown saves (13 saves) only 6 bb 30 K in 23 innings , Quentin 7 mdd and under control one more year

about some help for the Bench i heard with Longoria coming from DL the Rays could be trade Sean Rodriguez , Keppinger or Conrad….

my deal: Todd Redmond for Keppinger ( he plays 3b 2b and SS , no error this season ,batting over ,300 and it’s veteran), plus is cheap only 1.5 millions, under control one more year

another move for the bench maybe is call up Constanza , release Wilson

lee maye

July 7th, 2012
3:27 am

tradedeadlinecoming: The other teams aren’t stupid. Redmond wouldn’t get Keppinger or anyone else by himself.

Why trade all of those prospects for Greinke when Wren can wait until the winter, sign him, and give up only a 1st round Draft choice? Minor and Gearin and Pastor are much too much to give up for a 2 month rental when you aren’t sure you can sign Greinke.

Calling up Costanza would be great. But, you can’t release Wilson until you have a backup SS. Costanza is not a SS and bats lefty only. So, you would have to release Hinske or Diaz and Wren loves Hinske and Diaz.

Again, giving up Terdo, Francisco, Minor or Delgado, and 1 more you say, would be ridiculous for another 2 month rental and Quentin. Where would Quentin play this year? Who do you want benched? You might say Uggla but Fredi and Wren aren’t going to do that. So, do you want Quentin to play over Prado?

OldNugget

July 7th, 2012
5:02 am

And so it shall come to pass:

In future generations, the Mendoza line shall become known as:

The Uggla Line

Hat tipping

July 7th, 2012
6:40 am

Prado should have bunted. Swinging away worked as it will on occasion but fundamental baseball should have had prado bunting. Looked at time lie fredi was again going to cost us game but McCann and Freeman saved Fredi from real scrutiny.

braveshoo

July 7th, 2012
7:44 am

Hudson is amazing. Bone chips are very painful. They really have to watch that he doesnt alter his mechanics and hurt his arm. Great to see McCann come around, but FG has got to bunt Prado in the 8th of a 0-0 game. That failure could have cost us another winnabble game.

Willy

July 7th, 2012
7:48 am

I agree Prado should have bunted. McCann was amazing hitting the slam. Let’s have a sweep going into the break and a great second half.

Willy

July 7th, 2012
7:50 am

Hudson was also great. Is he our number one starter or is Tommy.

a fan

July 7th, 2012
8:39 am

BUNT BUNT BUNT Fredi

Jasons Shrinking Waist

July 7th, 2012
9:50 am

Glad for the win!
But….still concerned about how this team gets guys on base and leaves them there…be creative….bunt, steal, do something….Fredi is a pushbutton robot, turns in the lineup then sits back and watches the game like he is at home in his recliner

Jasons Shrinking Waist

July 7th, 2012
9:51 am

Heywards waist is like what, 30 inches???
Id kill for that

Whiskey River

July 7th, 2012
9:57 am

Charlie Manual got outsmarted by FG. Ha Ha. Go Braves!

Del

July 7th, 2012
10:29 am

You know that our FG is NOT going to have anyone bunt in that situation. The only way to get back to fundamental baseball is to impeach our mgr and remove him frpm office. Attn Mr Wren.

bustersonly

July 7th, 2012
12:24 pm

Before Simpson was called up who was our primary SS, it was Pastronkicky right and Wilson was the back up, so why now is Wilson still the back up instead of Pastor, only reason I can think of is Wilson also plays 2B but Pastor is getting some playing time at 2nd now so maybe they will make a switch after the break.

bustersonly

July 7th, 2012
12:26 pm

One more thing, Pastronicky will never be more than a utility player but he can hit so why wait?

Rick

July 7th, 2012
1:12 pm

bustersonly, probably because they want Pastornicky getting ABs and playing time. He won’t get that as a backup.

Whiskey River

July 7th, 2012
1:17 pm

@Rick I heard this morning that Pastornicky might be involved in a trade with Minnesota for Liriano.I hope not ,but I heard that.

bustersonly

July 7th, 2012
3:01 pm

But Rick, back up is all he will ever be, his defense isn’t good enouth to be a regular.

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