Braves quotes after Tuesday’s win over Marlins

**FREDI GONZALEZ

on Tim Hudson

“After the first couple of innings he was outstanding. He gave us a great chance to win the ballgame, and we won it for him with Prado hitting that triple and Heyward getting him in. I mean, he did a terrific job. He retired the last 16 straight after that [home run]. He was great. The only thing I wish he would do is stay off the basepath. But that’s him. He ain’t going to stop doing that.

“But he did terrific, and then O’Flaherty and Kimbrel did a nice job.”

Did you take him out because of the ankle? (recurring bone spurs)

“You know, every time we try to push him through that kind of stuff it kind of gives him a setback. It’s got nothing to do with pitch count with him. It’s a feel thing. He’ll fight you if he feels good. When he came off the field and we said, we’re going to put O’Flaherty in in the eighth, he said, ‘Ok.’

“But it seems like every time we try to push him and get him one more inning, that ankle flares up. So why not? We’ve got a pretty good back end of the bullpen, try to keep him fresh and going every fifth day.”

Eleven of last 16 batters Hudson faced were groundouts

“The fastball is going down. I think the home run he just missed, he was trying to go inside on Reyes and it came back over the plate. After that I thought he did outstanding.”

On Heyward’s performance

“Couple of walks, he did a nice job on the sacrifice fly … He battles those left-handers. Buehrle is no piece of cake, and he did a terrific job. He’s getting on base, getting big hits when we need them, scoring some runs. He’s a force in the top of the lineup. There’s been mornings I come in and thing, maybe flip-flop Freeman and Heyward, put Freeman in the 3-hole and Heyward fifth. But it’s so nice having athleticism or speed in the top three. You can do some stuff. And then you start looking at their numbers and they’re about as close as you can get. He’s done a good job in that spot.”

On letting Buehrle off the hook

“We had a chance to put up a really big number on him and we didn’t get it done. But we kept battling and kept battling, got into their bullpen a little bit, and Prado did a nice job getting the triple.”

When Huddy falls behind, do you see his competitiveness come out?

“Yeah. He’s going to battle and stay out there longer than the other guy and give himself a chance to win.”

On Uggla getting hit in the helmet by pitch, staying in game

“That’s unbelievable. I don’t know if you guys could hear it in the pressbox, but it sounded like the ball hit the wall. And he didn’t even have a standing eight count. It was, ‘I’m good.’ We’ll see. I told him to be honest with us and the trainers about checking with us, because those things can flare up in the middle of the night, concussions or anything. But he says he’s fine. He told me it probably hit him in the best spot, his head.”

**TIM HUDSON

On getting to it after giving up two-run Reyes homer in 2nd and being down 3-1

“I think everybody gets upset and ticked off when things don’t start out the way you want them to. Obviously they started the game off with the bunt base hit and got me in a jam in that first inning. They caused some problems and took advantage of it. That second inning really didn’t go how I wanted it to. The pitch to Reyes with two strikes, that was probably, in hindsight, definitely not what you want to do. It was a high-risk, low-reward type of pitch, a fastball inside. Full count to him, definitely not what you want to do in that situation.”

On giving up nothing after the Reyes homer

“I was able to settle down, get some quicker outs, and guys behind me made some great plays and we were able to scratch out one more run there late. It was a good win for us. It was a close one. Fortunately we caught Buehrle on a tough night; normally he doesn’t walk that many guys. He probably hasn’t walked the leadoff hitter of the game all year. We were fortunate in that respect and caught him on a night where he wasn’t as sharp as he normally is, and we did just enough.”

On mindset he has after falling behind early like that, seems to handle better than most

“You’ve got to stop the bleeding. It’s one of those things where you just try your best not to let it get away, keep it within striking distance whatever way you can. You need to try to get quicker outs. You can’t be out of there by the fourth or fifth inning, because then not only are you giving up runs but you’re hurting your bullpen and your team in the long run. You’ve just got to settle down, make some pitches and get some quicker outs. I was able to do that tonight.”

“Take away that home run and they didn’t really hit the ball too hard.”

On not objecting to coming out after seven innings (80 pitches)

“Nah, seven innings. I’d been on the bases all night, because I’m a threat up there at the plate these days [laughter]. You know, I was up to around 80 or 90 pitches and running around the bases all night. I thought about stealing third a couple of times.”

On the bone spurs in his ankle

“You know what, my ankle is really becoming a non-issue for me. It’s been feeling pretty good. Later on in games it starts to get a little cranky, but it’s definitely not an issue. I can run no problem now. After my last start I was actually able to condition outside, run some poles outside for the first time in a long time. So hopefully it’s getting close to getting behind me and I can starting conditioning more on a normal schedule and get back to my normal workouts.”

On Reyes standing a bit and admiring his home run

“I didn’t notice. I heard about it from some of the guys. That’s how some guys like to play the game. It’s not my cup of tea. I just worry about winning the ballgame. We’ll see those guys a lot more, I’ll face him a lot more, and see what happens.”

66 comments Add your comment

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July 24th, 2012
11:06 pm

Keith

July 24th, 2012
11:07 pm

First time for first?

always enjoy your work here, DOB. :)

Keith

July 24th, 2012
11:08 pm

Ok, 2nd time for 2nd. :)

Greinke
Johnson
Dempster

In that order. :)

Keith

July 24th, 2012
11:08 pm

Well, maybe Johnson first actually…his stuff is overpowering when he’s healthy.

rc35

July 24th, 2012
11:13 pm

Isn’t there anywhere a right-handed outfielder who could play left, let us move Martin to second, and give Dan Uggla a few days off…like until November?

Keith

July 24th, 2012
11:17 pm

Greinke’s line tonight:
7 IP, 5 ks, 1 ER, 0 BBs.

Go get him, Wren. :)

Pace

July 24th, 2012
11:19 pm

Moylen is working his way back – 1 1/3 innings – 19 pitches and 13 strikes. Scoreless pitching. And, he got the win! Be nice if he gets back – he’ll be a help.

Farnsworthy

July 24th, 2012
11:20 pm

Huddy: Next time you face that jerk Reyes, throw him one right under his chin. As he’s picking himself up from the dirt, then you stand and admire that for awhile.

Farnsworthy

July 24th, 2012
11:22 pm

Oh, and let me join those who are saying no to Dempster.

Keith

July 24th, 2012
11:22 pm

Re: Pace

Good point.

If Venters is back to himself and Moylan is serviceable, we might be ok in the bullpen.

If we get a top tier starter and a bat off the bench, we should be good!

If we don’t end up with a top tier starter, I say give Medlen a shot!

Go BRAVES! :)

Farnsworthy

July 24th, 2012
11:23 pm

Greinke, Greinke, Greinke! We want Greinke!

David O'Brien

July 24th, 2012
11:34 pm

Thank ya, Keith.

Yogi Berra

July 24th, 2012
11:36 pm

James Shields, Rays..& Keppinger..

Runner-

July 25th, 2012
12:00 am

Giving up a top pitching prospect for a rental player that doesn’t even want to be here makes no sense whatsoever. Our future looks bright, don’t ruin it with stupid moves Wren! Go out and get a decent bench player so we could have a better backup than Juan Fransisco. Also, play Jose more when Chipper is out.

PJ

July 25th, 2012
12:30 am

The Braves don’t seem to realize that they can’t hit left handed pitching. Screw another arm. Get a right handed bat that can hit lefties. They are too proud to admit that Uggla isn’t the answer.

Find a an Outfielder and move Prado to second until Simmons gets back. Also put Mejia on the 40 man roster and call him up. Maybe we would have a righthanded bat on the bench.

Darryl Blackberry

July 25th, 2012
12:39 am

Tim Hudson may be a redneck, but he’s also a class act. Good quotes.

palm frond

July 25th, 2012
12:50 am

Tim Hudson is a leader.

Nevada Roy

July 25th, 2012
1:40 am

Could Kimbel pitch the first inning, hang-out in LF and bat 8th until the 9th inning and close?

tristan

July 25th, 2012
3:02 am

Blah blah blah, get this guy or that guy. Don’t need players as much as we need a new manager. Fire dum dum and make Otis Nixon the new manager.

Ty Cobb

July 25th, 2012
4:26 am

Should have drilled Reyes the next go around. I must be old, I remember how the game used to be played and I miss it.

Julio Santanar

July 25th, 2012
6:13 am

Guess who failed and let Buerhle off the hook with bases loaded? Yep Dan Struggla.

Julio Santanar

July 25th, 2012
6:21 am

Nobody you replace Uggla with could do much worse than 10 hits for 100 at-bats.

longtimefan

July 25th, 2012
6:22 am

To the fans yesterday who complained about FW “leaking” the proposed Dempster deal-HE DIDN’T.

Julio Santanar

July 25th, 2012
6:24 am

Why dont you reporters ask Fredi about replacing Uggla. You sure didnt mind asking hin to replace Nate McLouth.

terry bellamy

July 25th, 2012
7:03 am

freddie is a real problem but the inability of this team to hit with the bases loaded and men on second with nobody out is more of a problem

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
7:10 am

Dempster doesn’t want to be here. He’s getting his panties in a wad like an NBA player and only wants to go to one team. Even if he came here via trade, he would take significantly less to go to LA once the season is over. I hope we move on to a different target- someboby that wants to be here. Here’s hoping to the Braves having a big lead today and Reyes having sore ribs. Marlins broadcasters were defending Reyese because laz Diaz was in Reyes’ way and he couldn’t run.

Don Corleone

July 25th, 2012
7:36 am

Frank Wren: When I negotiate I always make the person an offer he can’t refuse.

Let's Go

July 25th, 2012
7:46 am

The Braves need to pull the plug on the Dempster deal now. Too much pressure on Dempster now to pitch lights out after the way he’s acted the last 48 hours and yes he’s pretty good but an ace he’s not.

Quack Quack

July 25th, 2012
8:49 am

Best quote….”Dan Uggla again looks like a weather vane with ears” Jeff Shultz

Fell right out of my chair laughing. ;-)

Also while in Miami, see if we can trade FG and DU back to them for maybe a bag of oranges?

GO BRAVES!!!

Mike from the coast

July 25th, 2012
8:54 am

Restating what I posted yesterday. We are built for the future. Freeman, Heyward, Simmons, with a great nucleus, of Prado, McCann. We have a lot of money coming off the books, we can sign a good starter, Bourn, and hopefully a power bat for left field. Hoping we make the playoffs, but trading Delgado for Dempster makes no sense unless he agrees to extend his stay here. Two months and MAYBE making the playoffs doesn’t compare to these prospects we have spent years developing and are on the verge of helping us for a long time.

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
9:26 am

The way the Marlins are dealing, maybe we can get Josh Johnson for a couple of marginal prospects. Everything that franchise does, from the top down is BUSH LEAGUE

Tim

July 25th, 2012
9:31 am

Here’s what I hope happens:

1. Don’t trade Delgado for Dempster. We give up too much for someone who does not want to be here.
2. Remove JJ from rotation and insert Medlen. Five innings of Medlen is better than anything JJ can give us.
3. Bring up Gearin from AAA to replace Medlen in bullpen. When call ups are done, Moylan may be back in bullpen.
4. Trade Teheren or Delgado for a big RH bat. Include Uggla in deal, move Prado to 2B and then play out the year.
5. Go after Greinke hard and heavy now. Trade Teheren/Venters/Gilmartin to bring him in. Sign him to a multiyear contract. If no trade is made, he has stated he wants to be in Atlanta. Go get him as a free agent signing. Then re-sign Bourn.

Bill M.

July 25th, 2012
9:38 am

Wren is crazy if he trades Delgado. Trade J.J., Hanson, Tehran ?? & Uggla to Brewer’s for Greinke, Cain & Hart. Move Prado to second. Rotation— Greinke, Hudson, Sheets, Minor & Medlen/Delgado.

Tumbledown

July 25th, 2012
9:39 am

And yet, that bush league franchise (Marlins) has two World Series wins while the Braves have only one over the past twenty years or so. In some ways, the Marlins have been the antithesis of the Braves. While the Braves have had a only a couple of seasons in the past twenty one where they were out of the playoff hunt, the marlins have only two (cannot think of any other seasons besides 1997 and 2003) where they were in the playoff hunt. The Marlins cashed in on their two opportunities while the Braves have one WS win in fifteen appearances, and a historic September collapse.

The Braves’ organization, while not perfect, is so much better than the Marlins’ organization. Yet, I would love to have that second WS win. Sigh!

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
9:50 am

Yet…Marlins have virtually ZERO fan base and the braves fans are passionate. Braves put a good product on the field every year. The Marlins are the laughingstock. Not kidding when I say that the secondary focus of a telecast 2 weeks ago was picking a pool boy for the Clevelander Club in the stadium. They had a contest and voted on this. I moved down to SoFla in ‘04 and have seen this garbage firsthand. It is a huuuge difference from how Atlanta runs things. People joke about the Braves buttoned-up, all business attitude. Trust me, the Braves way is leaps and bounds better than the Marlins way.

Tumbledown

July 25th, 2012
9:56 am

I agree Buddy. I just get frustrated when thinking that such a wretched organization has two World Series titles after the Braves won their lone title. Must let go. Relax!

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
9:59 am

Uggla not in lineup today. Parado at 2nd. constanza in LF, Francisco 3B

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
10:00 am

Prado, not Parado.

Tumble- with the new WC format, that probably wouldnt happen

Brandon

July 25th, 2012
10:07 am

JJ, Hanson, Teheran and Uggla for Greinke Cain and Hart?

brewers already have an overpaid 2nd basemen batting .193 and leading the league with 114 k’s (rickie weeks). Why would they want uggla?

No way the braves could trade uggla to the brewers so there would be no room for a corey hart

maybe I’m missing something, but if you are referring to lorenzo cain, he plays for kansas city now, so that wouldn’t work obviously.

Also, trading hanson jurrjens and teheran completely takes out our pitching depth. Also, i still don’t feel that it is a guarantee that the braves would be able to resign greinke, especially with cole hamels recent signing.

Ray

July 25th, 2012
10:09 am

Mr. Wren!! Take your offer for Dumpster off the table!! LET HIM GO ELSEWHERE!! get a guy who WANTS to play for the Braves!!

Bill in VA

July 25th, 2012
10:34 am

Agree, Dempster does not want to be with the Braves! Nothing that happens now will change that, or the perception of that!!

All you GMs out there talking about trading Uggla, are there teams really waiting in line and calling the Braves front office, asking about Uggla??

arizona brave

July 25th, 2012
10:42 am

What happened to Costanza last night? Why is Uggla still being played?

PMC

July 25th, 2012
10:47 am

So Pittsburgh goes out and gets Wandy Rodriguez and we’re still fawning over a 36 year old having his first really nice season in years.

Dempster is DLowe 2.0 Is there no one else???

PMC

July 25th, 2012
10:48 am

Prayer circles for Uggla need to commence now. With him on, this is a playoff team. Without him hitting…. it’s up and down.

ANDY

July 25th, 2012
10:50 am

PMC

July 25th, 2012
10:53 am

consididering other teams like the Dodgers are making big moves because they have money, it may make more since, since this team obviously doesn’t have much to spend, to keep prospects, or find better or younger options to be front line pitchers than a guy like Dempster.

If you want to spend the farm for an under 30 guy, it might make more sense than wasting 3 years on Dempster who is very likely going to become a grease fire.

PMC

July 25th, 2012
10:56 am

I think Wren has realized as much with Dempster who obviously was a short term target so now he’ll move on.

I wonder who else is available.

alex

July 25th, 2012
10:58 am

Has to be something odd going on, parading Uggla out there….send him and his chew to rome, ga.

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
10:59 am

Josh Johnson, Liriano, Greinke, Vargas (gulp!)

Tumbledown

July 25th, 2012
11:08 am

Is Garza someone to consider? Does he have an attitude problem?

arizona brave

July 25th, 2012
11:09 am

Maybe knock on the helmet might knock some sense into Uggla and keep him from swinging at everything.

Morris Code

July 25th, 2012
11:11 am

Uggs not in the lineup today, could a trade be brewing? or just rest?

Dirty Dawg

July 25th, 2012
11:12 am

Maybe Uggla’s gettin plunked in the head last night will wake him up…at least it might knock that silly ‘If at first you don’t connect, swing harder’ strategy out of his thinking.

Glad to hear that the Braves are ‘moving on’, and away from Dempster. No way he guy would resign here…after all we’re not gonna do Spring Training to Arizona and Atlanta’s not gonna move to the West Coast. Meanwhile there sure are a lot of pitchers being traded and/or acquired…get on with it Frank, and whatever you do, don’t pitch JJ again, unless you’re just trying to prove to him that he can’t pitch in the Major Leagues, cause he ain’t gonna prove that he can to any scouts that might be in attendance.

Rick

July 25th, 2012
11:14 am

Please dont get our hopes up Morris! That would be to much like Wren pulling a Ferry. If that trade Uggs and we get something back that is BIG, watch out NL. I am glad we are not doing after Dempster any longer. Dont want someone who does not want to be here, and if you are going to put us on a let me wait and see if I want to come to the ATL, KICK ROCKS. He does not have buy-in so we dont want him here.

Buddy Landel

July 25th, 2012
11:16 am

Garza has a hard time keeping his poise in pressure situations.

darrell starks

July 25th, 2012
11:22 am

Can the Braves get Josh Johnson ?

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

Tumbledown

July 25th, 2012
11:23 am

Yes, please do not pitch JJ again, UNLESS JJ happens to be Josh Johnson!!

darrell starks

July 25th, 2012
11:23 am

Do not sign Dempster the next Rob Lowe.

Go get Josh Johnson.

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

Tumbledown

July 25th, 2012
11:26 am

I did not know that Dempster was an actor.

Rodney Derrick

July 25th, 2012
11:31 am

Braves should trade Delgado, but only for King Felix Hernandez, who is under contract through 2014

htownbravesfan

July 25th, 2012
11:31 am

Uggla needs to be on the bench or in Triple A. It’s easy to say you’d like to see him traded, but if you were a big league general manager, would you pay over ten million a year for what we’re seeing everyday? That’s what I thought. The answer is to forget about a pitcher, get a decent outfield bat, move Prado to second, and dispose of Uggla within the organization.

JC Boscan III

July 25th, 2012
11:36 am

If the Dempster thing stays totally dead (unlike Uggla’s hitting slump), my badtrade-ometer just went off. Don’t be surprised if Wren overpays for an underwhelming pitcher (Liriano, for example), or totally overpays for a Greinke type, knowing that re-signing him (he wants $20 million per yr) may kill our future payroll opportunities. Do we forfeit Bourne or McCann re-signing with us to keep Greinke? It’s just something to think about, since we have cheapskate owners.

darrell starks

July 25th, 2012
11:40 am

Two choices for the Braves

Josh Johnson

OR

Felix Hernandez

OR MAY BE BOTH PLAYERS

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

jim

July 25th, 2012
11:50 am

Constanza in the lineup today. The hits will just keep on coming! Seriously, not a bad idea, but hitting him 7th between Francisco and Janish then Hanson seems like the least ideal place to put him. I’d rather see him hit 9th or at least 8th where there might be some connect between him and Bourn and Prado.

BTW. Janish seems to be the very example of warning track power. He has hit a few balls right on the nose the last few games that have died in the outfielder’s glove on the warning track.

We can cite Hudson’s performance after the Reyes home run, the work from the pen, and Heyward’s RBIs, but the real reason we won the game last night was the Marlin defense. Anybody but Dobbs runs down the Prado triple, and most left fielders catch the Bourn hit that LoMo trapped, then there was the Hanley error that led to the first run. The offense didn’t take advantage of the opportunities Behrle gave them, but did take advantage of the Marlins defensive shortcomings.

darrell starks

July 25th, 2012
11:56 am

Constanza to LF and Prado to 2B

Uggla is done, bench time for him.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Barbara

July 25th, 2012
1:53 pm

I am watching the game Hanson looks absolutely awful. He looks like he could care less. Hitting and pitching sucks so bad I can’t see them playing in October. I don’t think the team has any respect for Fredi or McDowell. You never know who is coming to play. Fredi did set his pet dog (Uggla) down today. He will not be missed. We miss Simmons bat. Janish is no hitter. Our team needs some people in charge to uplift them. And now they have two cluts sitting in the dugout getting paid big bucks pretending to know what they are doing and you KNOW who they are

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