Braves postgame quotes after Wednesday’s win

DAN UGGLA

On overcoming his struggles:

“It’s been a constant grind. I’ve been scuffling for way too long. I’ve been lucky my teammates have picked me up and now it’s my turn to let them breathe a little easier. It’s something I take pride in and it’s time to get going.”

On coming through in that situation:

“It was definitely a confidence-booster and any time you can come through in a situation like that, it’s going to raise your confidence and put you a little bit more at ease and be a little bit more relaxed out there.”

On rallying after giving up the lead:

“You don’t see that happen too often. When you give Huddy a 6-1 lead, he nine times out of 10 takes it the rest of the way. They put some good ABs on him and got themselves back in it. That’s when you’ve got to bear down as a team. It can be very deflating when they come back and get back in it from a 6-1 deficit. As a team we beared down and battled and got some more across.”

On relishing chance with bases loading and drawing on old confidences:

“That’s one of the biggest things when you’re struggling is to keep your confidence and know that you’re still dangerous and your body and your mental capacity just automatically steps up a notch in a situation like that. Bases loaded tie ball game and wanting to come through for your teammates. I was ready. I was hoping I’d be put in that situation.”

DAVID ROSS

On stolen base:

“Yeah that’s the first one. I’ve been trying to get one for a while now. I think this is year 10 for me so, it was nice to get a bag. I just thought with Yani up, if he gets a knock right there we get an insurance run. That was nice. That was nice for these guys to battle at-bats. Dan Uggla carried us tonight. Hats off to him. Huddy lost his rhythm right there a little bit and they came back. This is a really good team, it was nice to get out of here with a win.”

On talk in dugout after they tied it:

“We were still in the game. I know in my opinion is really good and if we match up with their bullpen, I think we’ve got a good chance to win. We just had to grind out at-bats which we did, Jason Heyward getting us a big leadoff double, Mike B a home run, he really played well, but Dan Uggla was the hero tonight, driving in a lot of runs for us, having good at-bats. It looks like he’s turned the corner, so it’s really nice to see.”

On if grandkids are going to hear you beat the throw to second:

“Yeah I don’t know. It’s a stolen base. I’m going to have it in my house so everybody knows I at least got one. I’m pretty proud of it. I got a good jump; that’s for sure. I better get a good jump if I’m going to steal a base.”

On if thought about grabbing the bag and holding it up:

“I actually thought about it, I really did. But it was still a tight game and I’ve got to keep my professionalism. But I was really excited. I was really happy. I don’t get to run too much. Sometimes in the eighth hole with the pitcher behind you…I hate it when they put the red light on me because I’m really fast.”

On if knew all that easy would have stolen more:

“You know it’s funny, Mac’s got a ton in his career and I’m just jealous. I need to catch him a little bit. He’s got like five or six a year. I have one in my career. I told Mike B when I came in after the game, I’m coming for him.”

TIM HUDSON

On the fifth inning:

“I was telling Rossy, I went about four innings where I hardly missed a spot to a 25-pitch stretch where I don’t know that I really hit one. Just didn’t make any good pitches, fell behind in the count. Whenever I did make a good pitch, they fouled it out and then they just got some pitches to handle, got some base hits. Obviously the big blow was there to Howard. Just couldn’t get that sinker in there on him. Tried to freeze him with a frontdoor sinker, and a couple of them came over the middle of the plate. He fouled a couple of them off. I tried to make an adjustment and threw it back over the plate and he got me.

On suddenly feeling off that inning:

“I didn’t really make a good pitch that whole inning. The four innings leading up to that inning I hardly missed on. I felt really good, was locating and changing speeds. It looked and felt like a game where I was going to be able to get into the sefventh or eighth inning. Wheels fell off for me there for whatever reason. my mechanics weren’t…It was challenging to repeat my delivery there in the stretch in that inning.”

On if anything physically changed:

“No I felt good, it’s just I need to clean up a few things in my delivery in the stretch. I think that’s the root of the problem is my delivery in the stretch and the windup, the effectiveness of the pitches are a lot different.”

On if any theory why it’s been one inning that’s plagued him:

“I don’t know man, It’s frustrating for sure. Out of the four, five, six innings there’s one that’s an absolute nightmare and the other ones I feel like they don’t have a chance to hardly put the ball in play. But it just goes to show, you’ve got to locate pitches. It doesn’t matter how good you’re throwing or how good you’re feeling if you’re throwing it down the chute right there they’re going to hurt you. You’ve got to make quality pitches and you can’t give them opportunities.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On patience with Uggla paying off:

“Not only tonight but we saw a couple nights ago with some of the at-bats. He came up big today. Couple big knocks with people on base. And we’ve seen him. You know the animal. You know that he’s going to go through these things, and you’ve got to be patient with him and let him go through some stuff. The great thing about him as we all know, guys appreciate him who’ve seen him play, he doesn’t take it to the field with him. He doesn’t take it to the basepaths. He plays the game hard, has a great attitude and the guys really appreciate that and pull for him. Hopefully this will catapult him into a good rest of the season.”

On responding to them tying the game:

“Mikey had a triple short of the cycle, Heyward got a base hit, Freeman drove in a run. The only guy who didn’t so anything tonight was Chipper. I may have to get on him a little bit. We responded back. It’s tough when your No. 1’s out there and he gets a chance to get the decision and he doesn’t get the decision, and the guys responded back and got the win. The whole series we played some pretty good defense and I hope that continues also.”

On Hudson getting pitches up in the fifth:

“Yeah the fourth inning there were some balls up in the strike zone and then the fifth just got balls up in the strike zone to Ryan Howard. Nothing but location.”

On the big inning throughout the year, just happens sometimes:

“It happens to everybody. And he’s arguably your No. 1 starter and you’ve got to try and let him get through that inning so he gets a W or gets in line for a W. We as a team and as a coaching staff have so much respect for him that we give him that. I’m not worried. He’ll get an extra day after the off day tomorrow and get him back out there again.”

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Grandma Giffin

August 8th, 2012
11:30 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 8th, 2012
11:34 pm

Good game tonight, from Uggla especially.

Darryl Blackberry

August 8th, 2012
11:34 pm

Much-needed victory. Braves can ill afford to get demoralized down the stretch by the likes of the Phillies.

Rooting for Maholm against NY! Need to keep it going…

JC Boscan III

August 8th, 2012
11:37 pm

Ross appears to be a faster runner than McCann, so it’s about time he got the green light on the bases!

Dave

August 8th, 2012
11:47 pm

Man I am happy for Uggla that he finally delivered a huge hit not just b/c it helped our Bravos beat the Phils. I agree with Fredi that Uggla never makes excuses and he always plays the game hard which I respect. Its obviously annoying when your $12 mil power hitter ceases to exist but he grinds every day and hopefully tonight gets him on another hot streak. The lineup would be extremely dangerous if he heats up and btw Venters continues to look good.

John Lenin

August 8th, 2012
11:53 pm

Nice win for the Bravos tonight. Good to see them battle back & take the series. Gnats will slump sooner or later & we’ll catch them if we keep our heads. They will crumble under the pressure down the stretch. Interesting to see what they’ll do with Stras.

Brandon

August 9th, 2012
12:11 am

Uggla for MVP!

NorCal Brave

August 9th, 2012
12:14 am

Team showed a lot of character regrouping after Huddy gave up the big lead. Plaudits mentioned in the quotes very well deserved. Would like to thank Charley Manuel for the intentional BB to Chipper with 2 down in the 7th. Very curious move in a tie game only in the 7th inning. He didn’t show much respect for the hitters behind Chipper and glad it blew up on him.

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BravesfaninAugusta

August 9th, 2012
12:37 am

Great win tonight picking up Hudson and big knock by Dan

Charlie

August 9th, 2012
4:56 am

It would have been nice to hear about Fedi’s decision to leave Hudson in so long, in what was a nightmare 5th inning. And why, with Howard’s career success against Hudson, Tim was allowed to pitch to him. What in heavens name was Fredi’s thought process? Funny no one asked about that. I guess it doesn’t matter, but it would have been interesting to listen to Fredi spin that answer.

longtimefan

August 9th, 2012
6:27 am

Ah, naysayers pulling out the old retrospectroscope to question FG leaving his Ace in to try and finish the fifth inning. It’s so easy to make the right moves when you know the outcome. FG has taken the team with the 16th highest payroll in MLB and managed them to the fifth best record. Third best in NL. Still the negative comments. Do you guys ever watch any other baseball? Do you think every manager out there pulls the right strings every time?

bob horner

August 9th, 2012
6:28 am

still shold say by by to ugly

jd56

August 9th, 2012
6:52 am

Great job by Durbin!

Ralph to Fruti

August 9th, 2012
8:12 am

. It’s tough when your No. 1’s out there and he gets a chance to get the decision

Fruti, you STUPID IDIOT, In case you didn’t know the object of this game is for the team to win the game, not for Huddy to get another decision, it almost cost us the game. If i’m Frank your done and outta here, guess your pet saved your stupid ass though

Preston Thompson

August 9th, 2012
8:17 am

Just to show what a lardass McCain is, on a hit to the longest part of left field and that lardass is thrown out by 2 steps? That is pitiful as it comes. I heard he lost weight, but looks to me like his gut is really hanging out over his belt. It’s time to sit him a let Ross show his stuff. Ross is a better catcher.

Still even though they won last night, remember this is still pretty much the same team that fell apart last year. They cannot afford to loose any games at all. Washington’s not and the Braves can’t either. I still don’t like the talk of second place is just fine. When you don’t play to win it all every game something is wrong with your mindset. That falls on the management. Which the Braves lack.

Ralph

August 9th, 2012
8:24 am

I’m glad now that we won the game last nite however after Fruti’s bonehead non-move i’ll admit that at the time I was hoping they would lose in hopes Fruti would get his stupid ass fired.

Rick

August 9th, 2012
8:25 am

Preston, I have not seen a single quote from the Braves saying they are fine with second place. That is purely from the fans. The team is constantly saying they think they can win the division and that is their goal.

Ralph

August 9th, 2012
8:28 am

Rick

I don’t know what Fruti’s goal is!

Brave New World

August 9th, 2012
8:42 am

If Uggla gets hot from here through the playoffs, no one will stop the Braves.

Brave New World

August 9th, 2012
8:44 am

Yeah, Gonzalez is a terrible manager. The Braves only have the 5th best record in all of baseball and are poised for a playoff run.

Let's Go

August 9th, 2012
9:10 am

The next 20 games will go a long way to etermine where the Braves will be come October.

The Braves have the next 7 against the Mets and Padres while the Nationals are at Arizona and at LA. After that the Braves face probably the toughest part of their schedule all year with 10 straight against teams with winning records, Dodgers at home and then on the road at Washington and 4 games at San Francisco. I think for the Braves to have a chance they need to 14 or 15 during these next 20 games because the schedule after this and going into Sept is in the Braves favor since they will only have 6 games remaining against teams with winning records while the Nationals have 13 games after August 28th against teams currently at 500 or better.

Ebenezer Snerdberg

August 9th, 2012
9:14 am

WHEN TIMMER THREW THAT DURBIN ON THE FIRST PITCH O’ THE GAME, IT LOOKED LIKE AN UGLY NIGHT. GRATS TO THE WREN PEN!

GO BRAVES!

Joe Durbin

August 9th, 2012
10:27 am

May I ask what does Ebenezer mean by When Timmer threw that Durbin…………?
He has done a great job.
I believe Chad was not in until late in the game.
Please tell me what you mean……………

Pippa's hiney

August 9th, 2012
10:37 am

Great steal Rossy! A slower man would have been nailed.

Al

August 9th, 2012
11:02 am

Like the handle Pippa… lol it is quite nice

Go Braves

Ralph

August 9th, 2012
11:23 am

Brave New World
August 9th, 2012
8:44 am

Yeah, Gonzalez is a terrible manager. The Braves only have the 5th best record in all of baseball and are poised for a playoff run.

In spite of idiot Fruti, not because of him!

Nerdville

August 9th, 2012
12:27 pm

Ain’t going to catch the Nats this way, they should have swept the awful Phillies. ‘Bout time Uggla started doing something. I ain’t going to go all rah, rah just because Uggla finally did something.

Better sweep the lousy Mets.

Pops

August 9th, 2012
1:25 pm

Nrerdville, you are annoying. Shut up

ijudgenot

August 9th, 2012
1:40 pm

Can’t really knock Fredi’s none move on Hudson last night. Your ace has a three run lead after 4 you expect himo to have the file to figure his way out of the mess not throw the ball down the middle to the Phills best home run hitter. I do blame McDowell and Ross. Unless the center field camera shows something that McDowell and Ross can’t see from the dugout and behind the plate, it was obvious that Hudson’s pitches were up to the first 4 batters he had face in that inning. Doesn’t the pitching coach have the autonomy to go to the mound when he sees something that the pitcher needs reminding of or does Fredi have to give him permission to go. Also it used to be that the catcher had input when coach went to the mound. Ross should have taken trip to mound and signaled McDowell to come also and tell Hudson ” all your pitches are up, Are you tired? If you are and can’t get them down anymore then it is time to leave”
Uggla had a great game. Maybe now he understands that he can help this club by hitting singles and doubles. He does not have to hit a home run every time he bats. So lose the upper cut swing and drive the ball. Now let’s work on going with the pitch to right field. Still got to question someone whose learning curve is always a half a season.

O'flarity's water bottle

August 9th, 2012
2:55 pm

Ross is too funny. Him takling about stealing bases and the game..”I told Mike B when I came in after the game, I’m coming for him.” Way too funny.

jim

August 10th, 2012
11:53 am

I doubt if Chipper had the same harsh comments about Hudson giving up a 5-run lead and issuing a 3-run HR to Howard and not getting out of the 5th inning that he had for Minor giving up a 2-run HR to Howard and 3 first inning runs then shutting the Phils out for the next 6 innings.

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