Braves quotes after Saturday’s loss against Astros

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Maholm’s debut

“I thought he did a helluva job. Most nights with our offense, you win that game. We had a chance.”

“The big breaking ball to Maxwell, he just threw it right in his loop, right in his wheelhouse. It looks like he’s swinging the bat pretty good right now. Their hitting coach has probably done a good job with him, because I’ve never seen him this good with his swing. Then you bring in a right-hander and he smokes the ball to right field…. But overall, I thought Paul did a terrific job. Seven innings, three runs.”

On missed opportunities

“Right from the get-go, the first inning we had [runners on] first and second and Freeman hits that rocket to left field. Coming in, the guy makes a great grab on it and we get nothing. And then I thought Danny had a helluva an at-bat, two-run [hit] tied the ballgame up. But we just didn’t score.”

On Astros rookie Lucas Harrell

“Guys were coming back to the dugout saying, this guy’s got pretty good stuff. Sinker, and a slider and cutter, and he’s throwing change-ups to left-handers. And he competed his butt off today against us. For a team that’s last in their division, he’s pretty darn good.”

Your team out of it mentally at all, or just facing a good pitcher?

“No, I don’t think we were mentally out of the game at all. The guy makes some good pitches and they made some good plays when they had to. This time of year, there’s no mentally off days unless you’re sitting on the bench or on the DL. If you’re in the game, you’re locked in.”

On Venters, not pitched last few days and Avilan was up in ‘pen

“He’s fine. We’ve kind of laid off him the last three or four days. He threw a bullpen today, and unless something comes up crazy he should be good tomorrow.”

Was he sore, what’s the ailment?

“Yeah, just tender with his elbow a little bit. Nothing major. So we just took a step back.”

**PAUL MAHOLM

On his performance, the mistakes to Maxwell

“Yeah, obviously the two home runs were probably the only two mistakes I really made. The first one, a fastball ran back over [the plate], and the second one was a hanging curveball. And he did a good job of obviously hitting them a long way.”

“It’s unfortunate, especially after we tie the game [in the sixth], the first guy put them back on top [in the seventh]. The team’s been playing great, and tomorrow we’ve got to take a series.”

On avoiding homers during 5-0 winning streak in past 6 games (1 HR in that stretch)

“They happen. I made two bad pitches. Sometimes they’re fouled off, sometimes they’re hit for home runs. If I execute the pitch were I wanted to, then the worst-case scenario is he gets a hit but obviously it’s not a longball.

“Harrell pitched a good game and kept us off balance, and unfortunately I made those two mistakes.”

What was it like for you in Braves debut butterflies early?

“No, I was good. Just tried to make sure I didn’t overthrow, tried to make sure I stayed down in the zone. There was only one inning where I felt like I really wasn’t down in the zone. I was just trying to make my pitches and get groundballs and quick outs. For the most part that’s kind of how it went.”

**DAN UGGLA

On Astros rookie pitcher Harrell

“He’s got a good arm and a good idea what he wants to do out there. He made some good pitches tonight, defense played well for him and they kept us to two runs.”

Your potential bases-clearing hit goes foul by a couple feet, then you single in 2. You feel like you’re making some progresss?

“Yeah. All I can do is keep going up there and battling, keep fighting, keep grinding. Because once it clicks… I’ve been feeling good, feeling a lot better the last week, two weeks. It’s still not quite right yet, but when I get hot I can get as hot as anybody. So it’s a click away. All I can do is keep grinding.”

On Paul Maholm

“I thought he did a great job. He made two mistakes to Justin that resulted in three runs. Even then, even with those two mistakes, he still gave us a chance to win. He really did a good job, kept them off balance and just did his thing.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On Astros rookie Harrell

“He had really good stuff. Good sinker and a four-seamer, change-up, cut the ball. I can see where he’s pretty tough on righties, because his ball moves a lot and it’s firm. You don’t see a lot of that these days. Give the kid credit.

“We battled all night and finally took advantage of some walks. Uggla got the two-run knock. But two [Maholm] pitches cost us three runs. That’s the difference between a 3-2 loss and a 2-nothing shutout.”

What did you think of Maholm’s performance otherwise?

“I thought he did great. He got strikeouts when he needed it, got double plays when he needed it. Just two bad pitches. And not to say they were bad pitches; you might just be running into a hitter who’s going pretty good right now. Maxwell was finding a hole wherever he hit it tonight. Unfortunately two of them flew out of the ballpark against us.”

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J-MAN

August 4th, 2012
10:46 pm

USA USA USA USA USA!!!!!!!

Formul8or

August 4th, 2012
10:50 pm

And Nationals win again…That’s why you can’t lose to the Astros, who may be one of the worst teams in a decade

lee maye

August 4th, 2012
10:58 pm

After tomorrow, Nats have 4 games against Houston. We are likely to lose more ground if we don’t win tomorrow and sweep Philly. 10 hits in 2 nights against the worst team in baseball is not getting it done. And, one of those was an error (last night’s scorekeeper gift to Danny. So, 9 hits in 2 nights is not getting it done.

J-MAN

August 4th, 2012
11:01 pm

So the Braves stole defeat from the jaws of victory.

AtlNative

August 4th, 2012
11:04 pm

The Braves are playing good ball. Let’s come back and get the “W” tomorrow. Go BRAVES!!!!

Ralph

August 4th, 2012
11:28 pm

The Braves are playing excellent baseball but the Nats are playing even better. We will never cach them unless we get really hot and they take a dive like we did last year, anythings possible.

David O'Brien

August 4th, 2012
11:31 pm

The Braves are playing excellent baseball but the Nats are playing even better. — Ralph

How do you figure? The Nationals were 4-4 in their past eight games before tonight, all against teams that were at least nine games under .500 before today — Milwaukee, Miami, Phillies.

Braves had won nine out of 10 before today and cut lead from 4 games on July 26 to 2 games before today.

So how have the Nationals been “playing better.” Braves had a better record than them in July.

braves

August 5th, 2012
12:11 am

Maholm pitched very well but i dont know why him or McCaan dont thrown the foking ball around Maxwell in the 7th inning no problem if Maholm walked him … a big mistake pitch a curveball in the middle of the plate…bad call my BMac ,,

plus the NATS won only because Marlins bullpen sucks,,,

Runner-

August 5th, 2012
12:17 am

DOB,

Its the Nats who are currently a full 3 games ahead of us in first place of the division. As long as they’re up top, I don’t care how bad of a funk they get in, until we regain those 3 games, they ARE the better te am than us

braves

August 5th, 2012
12:20 am

Braves are playing best baseball than Nats in the last week and half … only see the last starts by Gio Gonzalez , Strasburg and tonight J. Zimmerman game…

they are showing signs of tired arms or something,,

call me crazy but the braves gonna win the remaining two series vs Nats at least 2-1 each series

only look the stats : the braves pitching staff are very solid in the last month and half … the offensive look solid too except for a recently slumps by Bourn and Prado… i dont say nothing about Uggla ahhaha but hey Danny have 3 or 4 rbi hits in this week so it’s ok …

dont worry people the braves gonna win the division ….i bet that!

iTiSi

August 5th, 2012
12:21 am

DOB, this is August, not July! For the Braves to go out and lose to the Astros tonight after you wrote an article ridiculing them as the worst team in baseball, and possibly of all time(the feeling I got reading it) is nothing short of inexcusable and pathetic! In fact, I would not be surprised but what they had that posted before the game tonight for all to see. Congratulations, maybe you lit a fire under the Astros. Could you now do that for the Braves? BTW, those after game comments would be hilarious if not so seriously delivered. Especially the ones by FG. The questions are almost as funny as the answers! And you sportswriters just let them “skate”.

best manager in MLB

August 5th, 2012
12:25 am

it’s time to experiment shift Prado and Bourn in the line up and avoid double plays and maybe that works for finish both slumps

glorydays

August 5th, 2012
1:02 am

The Vazquez trade is complete. JV and Boone Logan for Maholm and Johnson. I’ll take that. Speaking of JV, where is he? He wasn’t THAT bad last year.

NorCal Brave

August 5th, 2012
1:51 am

While we’ve all been complaining about Uggla, Bourn’s average has dropped about 40 points. Perhaps the guy could use a serious rest.

jharber

August 5th, 2012
2:02 am

Got away from his game, he is not a home run hitter. That is why is falling

jharber

August 5th, 2012
2:09 am

Uggla would have one more day to come out of his funk or pastor would take over if i were the man in charge

John Lenin

August 5th, 2012
2:27 am

Bravos will win the rubber game. These Gnats aren’t going to continue their late inning heroics all season. They are due a slump or two…we’ll catch ‘em.

jharber

August 5th, 2012
2:39 am

Braves will have to take charge and forget they have a MANAGER in dugout. He could not manage a little league team in my city. You can not sit and watch and expect a 3 run homer every other inning, must adapt to the game.

Tyler (TN)

August 5th, 2012
4:16 am

People on here act like the Astro aren’t a major league ball club. Jeez, you can’t win them all. We ran into a pitcher who is having a really good year. We out played Houston tonight, just lost the game on 2 count em, 2 bad pitches. You people need a reality check.

FireFrediot!!!

August 5th, 2012
5:40 am

When Maxwell already had a single and 2-run homer, why even pitch to him? Put him on and go after the next guy????? Sort of a little league decision to keep on challenging him. And Bournie must need a new attitude adjustment, seems to have lost his identity. Quit swinging for the homer and go back to being what you were great at, slap hitting the ball all over even bunting for a hit.

FireFrediot!!!

August 5th, 2012
5:46 am

I see McCann don’t like the way he’s been hitting homers with the new ash bat–gone back to his old reliable maple bat so he don’t have to run so much, just to first and to dugout. Saves his legs.

longtimefan

August 5th, 2012
7:05 am

Braves:In NL- third in hitting, third in defense, sixth in pitching (and dropping-3.77ERA) equals nice balance and third best record in NL. Nice job Fredi and Frank, keep up the good work. There are many teams that wish they had a GM that could put together the young talent the Braves have for the the 16th out 30 payroll in MLB. Only two of those higher payroll teams have better records than the Braves. Goes to show sometimes just throwing money at high priced FAs doesn’t always equate to winning. That’s why they aren’t CHEAPIA Rafael-get it yet?

NickGranite

August 5th, 2012
7:16 am

Doesn’t matter if you’re playing the worst OVERALL team in baseball if they are toeing up a good starting pitcher, you have to hit against HIM. A good starting pitcher can keep even the worst of teams in a game. I seem to remember a guy named Paul Maholm having his way with us when he played on stinking cub and pirate teams.

longtimefan

August 5th, 2012
7:39 am

I love it when guys come on here and say it was obvious we shouldn’t have pitched to so and so after knowing the outcome. Yea, and I should have loaded up on Apple stock in the 90s when it was selling for $10 a share (almost $500 now). Using the old retrospectroscope sure does make managing easier doesn’t it?

longtimefan

August 5th, 2012
7:46 am

Bourn’s dropping average may be a blessing in disguise. A .280 BA makes him more signable than finishing at .320 or so.

RLG

August 5th, 2012
8:14 am

Braves hitters need to manufacture runs instead of going for the fences late in the game when they are behind by only one run. I would like to see batters bunt more.

FireFrediot!!!

August 5th, 2012
8:29 am

longtimefan–My point is if you get burned on a hot stove, do you keep on touching it?

Weaseal

August 5th, 2012
8:42 am

Braves back on a win streak & no matter what this is always fun to be in “it ” !!!

ugafan13

August 5th, 2012
8:54 am

These are the games we have to win…4 hits is pitiful! We need today’s game to start the road trip on a good note. One of the good news line for us is Ruiz is not playing and we will mill Lee and Halliday for our Philly visit. Ruiz is a Braves killer!

William Smith

August 5th, 2012
9:04 am

Dan Uggla strikes out with as much flair as anyone in baseball. He gets a two out hit every blue moon, and he is the greatest hitter since Ted Williams. Time to get a contact hitter and move him down the road. Now we know why the Marlins traded him. If he could hit on the baseball field as good as with porn stars the Braves would be leading the division by twelve games.

Lobosolo

August 5th, 2012
9:04 am

No, I’manIdiot, you try a different pitch… sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t…. happens in baseball with great frequency, but you whineys just got to have something… Hey, armchairs… “Your” team is on quite a good roll, heating up at just the right time for the stretch… they WILL NOT win EVERY game against even the worst teams… IT HAPPENS IN BASEBALL EVERY DAY, EVERY SEASON… Bravos are in a 7-2 homestand w/ chance at 8-2 (ANY TEAM WOULD TAKE A 7-3 ONE)… why must you cry so much? J-MAN, I see you’re right on it with the cliche-of-the-day…. maybe I’m misguided in my exhortations to you to learn something about the game… you might just not be capable…

Can any of the blubberers besides the Legend That Larry Thinks He IS EVER recognize a good performance by an opponent? EVER??? Even the ‘27 Yankees lost to the last place team every once in awhile…

I keep telling you… you sissy cryboys can’t take this game, even if you had an inkling of understanding of it… Y’all need to run along now, or your wives are gonna leave you for someone more grown-up… Don’t say I didn’t warn you… put your big boy pants on before it’s too late!!! There’s still NASCAR left to keep your head rolling around…

Ebenezer Snerdberg

August 5th, 2012
9:25 am

He (Maholm) pitched well I thought. If he hadn’t o’ tossed those two Durbins! And…if a bullfrog had wings…………

Buddy Landel

August 5th, 2012
9:28 am

Our old friend Mike Dunn did us in last night. Marlins were up by a couple of runs against Washington. Dunn pitched 2/3 of an inning and gave up 6 runs, 0 earned. He dropped a throw from the 1st baseman for an error and the floodgates were opened.

Buddy Landel

August 5th, 2012
9:30 am

longtimefan

August 5th, 2012
7:39 am

I love it when guys come on here and say it was obvious we shouldn’t have pitched to so and so after knowing the outcome. Yea, and I should have loaded up on Apple stock in the 90s when it was selling for $10 a share (almost $500 now). Using the old retrospectroscope sure does make managing easier doesn’t it?
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David O'Brien

August 5th, 2012
9:35 am

DOB, this is August, not July! For the Braves to go out and lose to the Astros tonight after you wrote an article ridiculing them as the worst team in baseball, and possibly of all time(the feeling I got reading it) is nothing short of inexcusable and pathetic! — iTiSi

Comedic gold.

Willy

August 5th, 2012
9:41 am

Let’s get the W today

bobbymahlon

August 5th, 2012
9:47 am

Glad to see Uggla got a real hit last night, not a pop fly double to the shortstop. If he ever gets it going we could win our division or at least be a wild card.

PaulG

August 5th, 2012
10:39 am

Lobosolo….yup.hindsight bias is a rampant virus on this blog….but, likely it happens on every teams blog

PaulG

August 5th, 2012
10:44 am

Losing to a weaker team once or twice in a short series is more probable than one thinjs because of sampling error………how mant doomsayers understand probabilities?…..you have to know it if you want to talk intelligibly about predicting a teams performance……relying on the visible case is fraught with error

Rusty

August 5th, 2012
10:45 am

I’ll take two out of three all day long against a bad team. You cant sweep everybody. Going seven innings and giving the bullpen a rest is better than a win. That’ll get you two wins.

PaulG

August 5th, 2012
10:45 am

Enter your comments here

PaulG

August 5th, 2012
10:46 am

Correction…. Individual case

Skim

August 5th, 2012
11:04 am

It looks easy from the couch guys doesn’t it?

Dawg'88

August 5th, 2012
11:06 am

DOB, this is August, not July! For the Braves to go out and lose to the Astros tonight after you wrote an article ridiculing them as the worst team in baseball, and possibly of all time(the feeling I got reading it) is nothing short of inexcusable and pathetic! — iTiSi

DOB: “Comedic gold.”

iTiSi has a point. No tangible response except to ridicule the opinion. No answer to it says that there is no way to counter it. Last night was embarrassing period. I suppose if the Braves lose the series by possibly losing today…that will be “comedic” too.

Nationals will laughing at the Braves and their lack of the ability to beat the “worst” team of all time. Mark it down…the Astros pitcher from last night will get bombed by Wash. That will say it all. Braves cannot lose to a bottom feeder and expect to win this division.

Everyone acts like the WC would be ok. Folks you then have to win a 1 game playoff. What good will it do to “make the playoffs” if you can’t win what amounts to a virtual game 7. One and done. Yeah…that would be better than winning the division.

The WC is fools gold.

jharber

August 5th, 2012
11:28 am

Wren goes out gets some good pieces and then the team goes out and drop 2 games 1 to Miami and 1 to Houston go back and look at these 2 games both very winnable. just needed to adapt to the game. I was not on the couch by the way, was at The Ted.

Amber Girl

August 5th, 2012
11:58 am

Good morning Mr jharber DUMB Amber is here

jharber

August 5th, 2012
12:11 pm

Hello Amber, Hope and mom are well today. Very sorry about Whiskey. Hope you and mom will not take this real hard because he is in a better place now no more struggling.

jharber

August 5th, 2012
12:14 pm

P.S. stop with the DUMB everyone has to learn. sorry i did catch you sooner been in Atlanta for past week and a half. Decided to come last night after game and forget todays game.

jharber

August 5th, 2012
12:14 pm

David O'Brien

August 5th, 2012
12:31 pm

iTiSi has a point. No tangible response except to ridicule the opinion. No answer to it says that there is no way to counter it. Last night was embarrassing period. — Dawg ‘88

Ridicule? Here? On this blog? Someone ridicule someone else? Ha, next thing you’ll be saying I’ve been ridiculed here, which would just be crazy talk….

By the way, losing 3-0 to a good young pitcher (Harrell) really isn’t that “embarrassing.” Harrell’s got a winning record, which says a lot for his ability, considering how awful that team is.

If Freeman’s first-inning line drive goes 2 inches higher over leaping left fielder’s head, or Uggla’s line-drive is 2 feet to the right instead of just outside the foul line with bases loaded, we’re not even having this conversation.

Even the worst teams can win on any given night behind a good pitching performance. Come on, if you follow baseball on a regular basis you know that.

jharber

August 5th, 2012
12:41 pm

D.O.B. You have to adapt to the game at hand, Did we do that? Did we even attempt to do that? Not in my opinion. Been in or around baseball all my life. That covers 69 years.

Amber Girl

August 5th, 2012
12:45 pm

@jharber Mom and I are doing better and coping. The funeral is Wed at Oakliff first Methodist church. If you are in Dallas area you are welcome.

Gary

August 5th, 2012
12:46 pm

Its the hitting……..need help there…poor bench………….

Amber Girl

August 5th, 2012
12:50 pm

I am still DUMB Amber because I don’t know everything I should know about my Braves. Also Don’t know how to handle boyfriend that wants more than I am ready for. I hurt his feelings. With that and the loss yesterday, I am very sad. Am trying to move on. Thats life I guess. I just don’t understand a lot that is going on. Thanks for being my friend.

jharber

August 5th, 2012
12:57 pm

Sorry Amber I live in Tennessee but i will have all you in my prayers, Stay strong on your loss and boyfriend. Do not believe you are dumb just keep reading braves blogs and you will learn. Take care.

Amber Girl

August 5th, 2012
1:01 pm

@Mr jharber I am going to sign off for now and go in Whiskey room and watch Braves. Be on after game. DUMB Amber saying bye for now. Later. Go Braves.

milo

August 5th, 2012
1:21 pm

All Maholm had to do was pitch around Maxwell, Harrell was pitching around 4, 5, 6, all night cuz he knew he had automatic outs hitting 7,8,9,1. Its that simple.

Larry

August 5th, 2012
1:40 pm

So, we trade a guy that throws 97 for one that throws 87.

Hmm…

Larry

August 5th, 2012
1:42 pm

LoboSoDumb,

You’re so dumb, blondes tell jokes about you.

Lobosolo

August 5th, 2012
2:58 pm

Larry, you’re not nealy the comedian as you think you’re the baseball expert…. Been writng insults for, like, nine years or so? Man, you are the tool… I wonder what life must be like to awaken every day thinking you know everything about everything…. what do you do, Man? Drink a glass of vinegar for breakfast everyday?

Deluded and pathetic, Mr. Legend-in-My-Own-Mind-all the-Time… News flash: If you had really played “really good” for nine years you would understand the game A WHOLE LOT BETTER… You’re nothing more than a yahoo poseur, Linkydink…

Amber Girl

August 5th, 2012
5:24 pm

@Mr Larry I’m blond. I don’t tell jokes about him. I think he is funny

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