Braves quotes after Saturday’s win against Mets

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On the offense

“Bourney had what, three hits? Freeman had a five-RBI night with a big home run to straightaway center. And Reed, everybody got some hits, scored some runs and drove in some runs. It really was good to see those guys swing the bats.”

“Early on the game, it’s going to not get noticed, but in that second inning we did a helluva job baserunning. Danny goes first to third [on Janish’s single], and Yonny [Janish] follows him [goes to second on the throw to third] and it’s second and third with no outs. That gets lost in a nine-run game, but you appreciate those guys running the bases like they did.”

On Medlen

“Medlen was great. First time he’s gone to the seventh inning. We wanted to give him about 20 more pitches than the last time he went out, so that was good. And for us to not use our [main guys in the] bullpen, and have Gearrin and Avilan get those last outs was good.”

On Medlen coming back after Braves’ seven-run inning

“They scored one right after that seven-run second, and then he settled in and did what he’s supposed to do. He mixed his pitches well with his fastball. His curveball, now that you’ve seen him start a few times, that curveball is getting better and better. Which is logical – when you’re pitching out of the bullpen you don’t have a chance to develop that curveball. You’ve got two innings and sometimes you’re coming in with runners at first and second with one out, and you’re going to go to your meat and potatoes, which is his change-up. But it’s nice to see his curveball coming around a little bit.”

Same plan you used last time vs. Santana?

“I don’t think so. These guys have seen him so many times. It was his first time back from his rehab, so maybe he wasn’t as sharp as we’ve seen him.”

On Freeman’s two-out double in first inning

“Big two-run double, after we get [runners on] first and second and have two strikeouts. He’s maturing and growing up as a major league right in front of our eyes. He’s solid. He’s a good major league hitter.”

On Medlen showing his value as a starter, after he already showed it as a reliever

“He’s a valuable piece. It’s going to be one of those things, if everybody is pitching the way we’re pitching, it’s going to be a tough decision whether we stay with five or go with six, or whatever. Because all these guys are pitching. We’ve rattled off some pretty good starts looking back about three weeks now.”

**KRIS MEDLEN

On Braves scoring nine in first two innings

“It locks you in. You try to get your team back in the dugout and try to keep it going.”

On helping himself with a groundball RBI single on 2-2 slider

“Accidentally, I think. I mean, I couldn’t see anything else come out of his hand. I kind of just served it to right field. I wouldn’t say lucky, because it took some skill to put the bat on the ball. But I mean, I didn’t see anything he was throwing.”

On pitching into the seventh inning for first time this season

“I felt great. I hung a curveball to Hairston right there [one-out single in seventh, last batter he faced]. I don’t know what pitch count they had me on or whatever, but I felt great. I felt like I could keep going.”

Remember when you’ve pitched with a nine-run lead?

“I don’t. I don’t even know if that’s ever happened before. That’s one thing you need as a starter, some run support obviously. I got that. Santana, he’s been pitching long enough, and Huddy even said those kinds of things happen [sometimes] when you’ve been pitching that long. Just one of those days for him. Hopefully he bounces back and I hope he’s healthy.”

You trying to give Braves officials something to think about with you starting?

“I take the ball and run with it [laughs]. No, I love competing. I love the chess match of starting. Relieving, if you don’t have your pitches that day you get crushed. It’s two different mindsets, and I like this one.”

On pitching so well in first full season back from TJ surgery

“It feels great. That’s one thing you worry about coming back from injury, is whether or not you’re going to have the same stuff and all that. But for me it’s just been trying to focus on keeping the ball down, and when I was in the bullpen just mentally being ready to throw every day if they needed me. My arm feels great. That’s obviously the most important part for your brain, to be able to throw pitches and make really good pitches. My arm feels good.”

On Freeman’s big two-out hits this season

“I think he’s, he’s like one of those guys that doesn’t — I haven’t talked to him about hitting – I don’t know if he has a plan. Swings at everything, he’ll lay off some nasty stuff, I don’t know. He’ll hit a ball six inches off the plate, inside and outside, and like, at his head. He just puts the barrel on the ball and it goes a long way. He’s a big, strong kid, so … It’s crazy to see, but when he hits well it’s awesome.”

**FREDDIE FREEMAN

On his long homer to center field

“I’m going to have to say, that’s as good as I can hit one there. I don’t know how far that went, but if you guys say like 400 [feet] I’m going to be upset.”

On his two-run, two-out double in the first inning

“That’s a big situation. You’ve got guys on base with two outs, and you know you’ve got to get on top of them [lead] early, especially with Johan pitching. I was lucky enough to squeak that one through over by Ike to get on top early, and we continued it in the second inning.”

Hit a couple of balls to that apple during batting practice

“TP [Terry Pendleton] tells me every day, ‘Game, please.’ So this time I actually got to tell him I did it in the game.”

“In BP I was feeling good, I finally got my top hand working real well today, and I was lucky enough to carry it over [to the game].”

On getting back to his early season form

“I’m getting there. I’m still battling my finger and all that, but everything is healthy enough where I can control it now. I’m getting back where I’m able to drive balls to the middle, like I did today.”

On his two-out RBIs

“That’s my favorite. It really hurts the other team when you get a two-out ribbie. It’s something that I take a lot of pride in, and I’ve actually done a good job this year with that.”

**MICHAEL BOURN

On the offense

“We just got the ball rolling early and we kept it going. We had a lot of good at-bats against [Santana]. We got a lot of people on, and every time we had runners in scoring position, for the most part today we capitalized and got to them early. With a pitcher like that, that what you want to do. You want to get to him early if you can.

“I mean, he was making some good pitches, too. It wasn’t like he was making a lot of bad pitches. But we were able to put the bat on the ball, and we kept going. We were able to get a real good lead, which is always good for your pitcher. And Medlen stayed strong. He was mixing them up good and pitching with aggression.”

On Freeman’s penchant for two-out hits

“It’s not like he’s only looking for one pitch. He can wait back, and he can take advantage of the fastball at the same time. He’s one of those hitters that, if he’s on, he can see the ball pretty good. And right now, it looks like he’s seeing it pretty good.”

On Santana, difference between now and the past

“I didn’t see a major difference. To be honest with you, our lineup is not real easy to get through. When we’re battling and we’re grinding – we try to make it tough on the pitcher. We’re trying to grind out at-bats. We’ve faced a lot of tough pitching this year, so whoever’s up there, we just try to go up there and battle. I didn’t see anything way different from him. He threw a no-hitter this year, so there’s nothing that’s way off on him. Sometimes you go out ther and have bad games. I’ve did it a lot of times. It just happens. Some days the opponent is just better than you.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On Santana

“He had trouble with his change-up tonight early, and we got into some counts and got some pitches in the middle of the plate to hit. We bled a few in, but it was not typical Johan.”

On Freeman

“He’s taking the next step toward stardom. I mean, he’s going to drive in 100 runs. That’s something that’s pretty big for guys in the middle of the lineup, especially young guys. Do it once and get some confidence, know that you can go out there and do it every year. Freddie’s a guy that, if he stays healthy, he can run off a few 100-RBI seasons in a row.”

Mets pitcher JOHAN SANTANA

“I’m fine. It’s just one of those nights where I didn’t execute pitches the way they’re supposed to be executed. But overall I felt fine. I didn’t feel anything in my ankle or my shoulder. I felt good. It’s just over three weeks not facing any hitters at this level and then trying to command all of your pitches, it wasn’t my best. I think as I continue I’ll make some progress and improve my command. Because I think I left some pitches up in the strike zone against a good team. And when you make mistakes like that, that’s what’s going to happen. And I think that was the case tonight.”

Mets manager TERRY COLLINS

On Santana

“I’d say it was rust. That’s probably the best fastball I’ve seen him have since early in the season. Just balls in the middle of the plate. And, as I told him when I took him out: No disrespect to the Braves. They’ve got a very, very good club. But when they hit it, they hit it where nobody was standing. He didn’t have a ball hit at anybody.”

28 comments Add your comment

eskippy

August 11th, 2012
11:28 pm

David from Athens, AL

August 11th, 2012
11:32 pm

Bigwheel

August 11th, 2012
11:41 pm

Someone should tell Collins nobody can stand next to that dumb apple, cant catch the ball from there!

Spartygw

August 11th, 2012
11:58 pm

Damn Nats won again!

Runner-

August 12th, 2012
12:09 am

Lol bigwheel. Nasty Nats win tonight…. Of course

Oh'man

August 12th, 2012
1:59 am

I think the Nationals are trying to make up all the years of losing by trying to reach 130 wins this year, they just do not loose. I am happy for them though, but of course if we see them in the playoffs we are going to win : )

Darryl Blackberry

August 12th, 2012
2:22 am

Don’t worry; the Nats will swat themselves if they shut Strasberg down for the season.

Justin

August 12th, 2012
3:00 am

Yeah Freddie certainly hit his where nobody was standing!

Comeback Kid

August 12th, 2012
3:29 am

Thank you, Bigwheel. Also, having too many starters is a good problem to have.

eddie57

August 12th, 2012
7:14 am

No problem with the rotation unless Fredi the Freeloader really is delusional enough to use a 6-man rotation. If Hanson walks 3-4 guys again, put him in the back of the bullpen. His won/loss record lies about his effectiveness.

J-MAN

August 12th, 2012
7:53 am

DOB just wonderig if you are gonna talk to some of the ESPN guys before the game

J-MAN

August 12th, 2012
7:56 am

DOB just wondering if you are gonna talk to some of the ESPN guys before the game

Ebenezer Snerdberg

August 12th, 2012
8:35 am

Who is this rotund figure managing the Braves? And what have they done with the REAL Havana Fats? A six (6) man rotation would prove that the REAL Havana Fats is back. Pure stupidity!

GO BRAVES!

mark

August 12th, 2012
8:44 am

I wonder if the Mets are planning on anything for Chipper in his last game in NY.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

August 12th, 2012
9:14 am

Dont worry bout Nats. Just do your job and things will take care of themselves come September!

Wrecker

August 12th, 2012
9:25 am

I hate it when trolls post virtually the same thing under several different handles to astroturf some type of ignorant consensus. No CFG decisions were bad today, so you come in here and call him names. That will really sway opinion!

Fredi’s lineup decisions lately have been very good. Batting Heyward third, putting Johnson in LF against Santana, swapping Freeman, Jones, and others in the 4th and 5th spots. I think he has done a fine job.

henry tn

August 12th, 2012
11:29 am

uggla batting 1 for 29 against santana and prado batting 340 against left handers and our brilliant manager plays uggla and gives prado a day off when he just had a day off 2 days earlier….

Ken Stallings

August 12th, 2012
11:50 am

I would stop concerning ourselves with what the Nationals are doing. It is our performance in the remaining head-to-head matchups that will determine if the Braves have any chance at the NL East title. The Braves should regard Pittsburgh, Saint Louis, and the Dodgers as their prime opponents for the Wild Card. The Braves should treat the games with the Nats as their chance to play for the NL East.

Chiricahua Brave

August 12th, 2012
12:01 pm

Fredi

On Medlen

“Medlen was great. First time he’s gone to the seventh inning. We wanted to give him about 20 more pitches than the last time he went out, so that was good.

What an Idiot. Can’t even count to 20.

Dorothy Davis

August 12th, 2012
12:03 pm

Hopefully Gonzales will not take Medlen out of the starting line-up for Hanson. That would kill the season. Hanson belongs in the Bull Pen. He cannot pitch more than 5 innings. Not a starter for sure.He makes us use the Pen for 4 innings!!! Get it?

Ken Stallings

August 12th, 2012
12:03 pm

Great music selection after the final horn blew on the USA versus Spain gold medal game. The British stadium music director played “Born in the USA!”

Classic!

Dorothy Davis

August 12th, 2012
12:05 pm

Mark: I think what the Mets are planning for Chipper in thier last game is LOUDER BOOING. After all, it is NEW YORK.

BillEGoat

August 12th, 2012
12:08 pm

Very probably Washington’s year, one of those magical seasons for that franchise, which has had some bad times in the past. To be honest, ST. LOUIS worries me somewhat more that Pittsburgh, as far as having to face one or the other in the wild card playoff. After what the Cardinals did LAST year, I would not be eager to face them in a one-game playoff.

Deadmau6

August 12th, 2012
1:34 pm

Well, let’s hope the Nats choke, and that Ben Sheets somehow keeps the miracle alive. If only the Braves did not drop that one game against the Astros. Such is baseball. Or if JJ didn’t blow 75% of the time when Freddi sent him out there.

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RJB in DC

August 12th, 2012
2:22 pm

As things go, one option might be to put Huddy on the DL for two weeks and let his ankle and arm catch some rest. He has been a horse so far with 121 innings, and keeping him fresh for Sept and Oct is going to be important. The idea of Hanson in the bullpen is not well thought out. Given that his current delivery does not effectively deter base runners from attempting to steal, it limits his effective use to having him start innings. Unlike Medlen, who can enter a game at any point in an inning and be effective.

yellowfever

August 12th, 2012
2:40 pm

Washington is going to win the division. Braves need to keep playing well because they don’t have that big of a wild card lead.

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