Braves postgame quotes following Monday’s loss

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Stults:

“Pretty good outing out of Stults today. He frustrated us. He got us out of our normal game plan of seeing pitches and work the count a little bit, get deep in the count. He really, really was frustrating to hit on. We hit the ball hard a couple times but nevertheless we got into the eighth inning and we weren’t our normal selves. Come back tomorrow, rebound, and come back and get some better at-bats.”

On no opportunities with runner on, fewer than two outs:

“Today might have been the first time we’ve swung at first pitches and made outs on first pitches in a long, long time. I’m sure there’s been a game here or there that we’ve done the same thing – maybe that (Joe) Blanton game early in the season, when he went a complete game. We might have made more outs in the first couple pitches but he threw strikes, and he was around the plate. He was frustrating for us to get good at-bats, good swings on him.”

On watching hard-hit balls not leave yard:

“That’s the way the game is sometimes. It’s cruel. They got a couple runs and jam shots and ball got through the infield singles. That’s just the way it goes. I thought Mike did a terrific job, giving us six innings and three runs. It’s a good outing, it’s an outing that most nights you get a chance to win the ballgame. But today Stults just got us a little frustrated.”

On if players sluggish after late-night:

“I don’t think so. I thought during the advance meeting, I thought they were pumped up and ready to go. it’s one of those nights. Come out tomorrow night and Huddy give us a good outing and start swinging the bats again.”

On Bourn’s eight-pitch at-bat followed by quick ones again:

“Not to point anybody out because there were a bunch of guys but Freeman I think after he hits that ball hard in the first inning, I think after that he saw four pitches the rest of the night, something like that. There were a couple other guys first-pitch swinging. That just wasn’t us.”

MIKE MINOR

On his outing:

“I feel like there was a lot of bad luck tonight and a mixture of good hitting on their part, putting the ball in play but I feel like I made some quality pitches and just didn’t have good outcomes.”

On is command issues of past couple outings better this time:

“Definitely a lot better. Obviously it could have been better than it was, but it was a complete change than the last outing and I still had the same outcome but I went one more inning last inning. Just a little bit of bad luck. A couple broken bats there fell in for hits and I tipped a ball off the glove and Janish said he could have made the play. That was another one. Hit a batter, haven’t really done that all year.”

On if noticing teammates sluggish, worn down from trip:

“No I couldn’t tell. I thought we had good at-bats but anybody watching the game could have seen that other guy Stults was painting. He was mixing in all his pitches and putting them in the dirt and putting them on the corners when he needed to, just keeping guys off balance.”

MARTIN PRADO

On Stults:

“For me I was trying to recognize what kind of command does he have and he looked pretty good. He was mixing all his pitches in a real good way. We were trying to figure out. I guess the next time we’ve got to be patient because he’s one of those guys, he just spots the ball and he picks his spot to throw the ball up there. I tip my cap. He pitched good. We didn’t have too many chances to score.”

On difference in his at-bat in the eighth inning:

“I tried to be patient. He tried to do the same thing in a couple at-bats and I changed my approach against him my third at-bat and my fourth. I was trying to get patient and get a ball down there, and I got a good pitch to hit.”

On no walks tonight:

“It is hard when you face a guy you don’t know and he’s been pitching good. He got ahead and he could play around with the count….He was mixing it up, cutter, curveball change-up, a decent fastball with sneaky move. Pretty good command.”

CHIPPER JONES

On Stolts:

“That guy was painting. He was throwing four-seamers and cutters and back-dooring it. He’s got a good change-up. We just couldn’t get anything going, and everything they hit fell in. It’s one of those nights that’s frustrating. We just for whatever reason are not swinging the bats real good right now.”

On if well-hit balls:

“We hit a couple balls that may have on a different night with the wind blowing a different direction, but I saw a lot of weak groundballs and weak flyballs to be honest with you. Sometimes you look up on the radar and you see 69 and 78 and 86 and you think, man this guy doesn’t have much, but when you’re locating and changing speeds, and staying ahead of hitters, it’s a pretty good formula for being effective that night. He was certainly that.”

On if he’s a hard at-bat to feel comfortable (just overall):

“I felt really comfortable and I felt like I hit the ball good in the first, I hit the ball good the second time up, just missed it in my third at-bat. Everybody came back saying the same thing, ‘Ah, just missed it.’ At some point, how about somebody not missing it.”

On how back is feeling:

“Yeah back feels OK. It’s progressively gotten better day by day so I look forward to a long night of sleep tonight.”

On if wanted to get back in there today after not playing Friday:

“It was a lefty out there and I’m sure if I do need a day Prado could play third and Reed could play left. There are options but let’s let Prado get comfortable out there in left field and maybe I’ll take a day when we get a righty here and there so I don’t hang Francisco out to dry. He’s been swinging the bat well for us. It seems to be a good little formula we’ve got. I’m sure he’ll probably get one of the last two days here (in this series).”

51 comments Add your comment

BRAVES FAN

August 13th, 2012
11:09 pm

TheOnlyBravesFan

August 13th, 2012
11:09 pm

Get em tomorrow boys.

BRAVES FAN

August 13th, 2012
11:09 pm

too ad the braves wont

J-Mo

August 13th, 2012
11:10 pm

Sad you can tell how a game’s gonna go by the first inning.

Formul8or

August 13th, 2012
11:11 pm

We will never catch the Nats losing games to the Padres Astros, and Mets

Tom

August 13th, 2012
11:17 pm

Braves blew it yesterday, and the Nats are taking advantage today.

tristan

August 13th, 2012
11:25 pm

It wasn’t us. That is a poor excuse.

NorCal Braves

August 13th, 2012
11:31 pm

Don’t take the Padres lightly; they just gave the Pirates fits over the weekend. We’ll be in a dogfight for a wild card the rest of the way. As for the Nats, their only weakness might be in the closer spot; their lineup is solid and they’ve managed fine with injuries to Harper, Morse, and Desmond.

Tina

August 13th, 2012
11:33 pm

Enter your comments here

Tina

August 13th, 2012
11:34 pm

Braves make playoffs after Freddi is gone.

Darryl Blackberry

August 13th, 2012
11:36 pm

Them’s the breaks. Go get ‘em on Tuesday. No reason why the Braves couldn’t take the next three from these Punchless Judys…

JC Boscan III

August 13th, 2012
11:39 pm

Why is it, when the Braves are whiffing against some pitcher like the past 2 nights, we seldom see guys putting pressure on their defense with bunt attempts for hits, etc.? Instead, we just continue NOT getting hits until late in the game, if then….. Also, it seemed odd that Reed Johnson wasn’t in the lineup tonight when he’s one of the few on the team who hits lefties well….

Largo

August 13th, 2012
11:43 pm

Bad Luck, just one of those nights. A bunch of crap is what it is!

PaulG

August 13th, 2012
11:43 pm

Oh my, it’s the end of the world…lost 2 in a row….panic time…& , of course we are the only team in MLB that this has ever happened to?

Henry D.

August 13th, 2012
11:59 pm

Gearing up for the September swoon!

Mitchell

August 14th, 2012
12:33 am

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Stults:

“Pretty good outing out of Stults today

Fredi, he doesn’t play for you.

He’s on the other team. The bad guys.

Mike Minor is your pitcher, not the guy from Some Kind of Wonderful and Pulp Fiction.

Again, wrong team.

Mitchell

August 14th, 2012
12:40 am

Darryl Blackberry

August 13th, 2012
11:36 pm

Them’s the breaks. Go get ‘em on Tuesday. No reason why the Braves couldn’t take the next three from these Punchless Judys…

You mean the team that just beat them 4-1?

The only problem is if you’ve watched this team long enough and have payed attention you tend to notice when they start to lose momentum.

It would appear that is the case.

Mitchell

August 14th, 2012
12:44 am

J-Mo

August 13th, 2012
11:10 pm

Sad you can tell how a game’s gonna go by the first inning.

Sadder than words, in fact.

J-MAN

August 14th, 2012
1:06 am

My complaint is why isnt Reed Johnson and David Ross batting against left handed starters. The final game of the Mets and tonights game could have been changed with them in the line up. Also Uggla hasnt hit leftys all season

Teddy B

August 14th, 2012
1:09 am

Rest Heyward please Freddi. He’s wore down and tired, no way he swings at junk like that when he’s right. Hope he’s not hurt or something that would be terrible, he’s bounced back so nice this year.

After Sunday nights’ game I thought Heyward looked tired, besides getting a hit and beating out that error he still looks bushed. Let him get his thoughts together and rest his body up so he can win us a bunch more games down the stretch.

double

August 14th, 2012
1:23 am

Errors & Excuses and a loss at home.Nats will not wait for you.

wallypip

August 14th, 2012
2:46 am

Hey everyone needs a night off sometimes to help recharge. Tonight, the whole team took the night off.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

August 14th, 2012
7:31 am

Wake up this morning to see the Nats routed the Giants.
First thought thru my head; Well, five and a half out now, with about forty games left.
First place is gone now. Concentrate on that first playoff spot now and hope you dont get bounced in out game at home by someone.

Its a shame; but they blame themselves. They lose to the Mets and Padres while Washington goes to the coast and crushes SF.

Sad thing is…..we still have to go to SF for four games!

?

August 14th, 2012
8:12 am

WHEN ARE YOU STUPID IDIOTS GOING TO REALIZE THAT EVERY TIME THAT WORTHLESS MIKE MINOR PITCHES WE ARE GOING TO LOSE. HE IS PATHETIC. I CAN’T STAND TO WATCH HIM PITCH. BUT THE HAVANA BANANA LIKES HIM. FIRE THE ILLEGAL CUBAN.

Bill M.

August 14th, 2012
8:14 am

First place is gone. They had better kick it in another gear to get wild card. Left handers gives the Braves fits. They need a balanced line-up. This off season, they had better get some right handed bats. If they choke the next month and a half, the whole bunch needs to be fired.

Let's Go

August 14th, 2012
8:43 am

The sky is falling, the sky is falling, the sky is falling!

It’s one game people and for all you folks than think the Braves can’t win the division you need to go lay down and come back around this time in Sept. If on Sept 14th the Braves are 5 and half out then maybe that will be the case but there is still a lot of baseball left and after this difficult period the Braves Sept sked is very friendly and with the youth the Nats have you never know how they are going to handle the pressure of late September. Let’s let the games play out before throwing in the towel.

ijudgenot

August 14th, 2012
8:47 am

Changing lineup to put your best team against the pitcher you are opposing that night is what a good manager does. He tells each guy on the team to check his ego at the door and do what it takes for the team t have the best chance to win. That takes courage because you, as manager, will be blamed if the team loses not the players. Cox and Fredi will never do that because it is much easier to let fans blame Uggla for not hitting lefties oor Heyward, Freeman,McCann or Bourn for not hitting lefties consistently. They can say ” you know I ran my best hitters out there and the opposing pitcher got them out”. Instead of putting his best lineup for THAT particular game on the field. It’s no secret to the league that the Braves are Lefthanded heavy. It’s been that way for years so when the playoff games get here look for the opposing manager to stack all his lefty starters to match the Braves.

TPic

August 14th, 2012
8:49 am

The person who needs to sit against left-handers is the right fielder. Teddy B, Heyward is 22 years old – why could he possibly be tired from? Yeah, I know, it’s a long season, etc. but he’s 22 – and it isn’t like he plays especially hard. He’s hitting .230 against lefties. Put Johnson in right field EVERY time a left-hander starts against Atlanta.

JoshTown

August 14th, 2012
9:02 am

I’m amazed at the lack of intelligence that seems to permeate this blog on a near daily basis. I’m curious as to how many of you have actually played baseball past little league? The sport actually gets harder as you get older, imagine that. Minor wasn’t perfect last night, but he sure as hell wasn’t as bad as you guys are making it seem. Didn’t they have some stat that they hadn’t score a run for Minor in his last 20 innings pitched? Not much room for error there. Teams lose ballgames, it’s ok. Huddy on the mound tonight, can easily swing the momentum back in our favor. And I’m not sure why Freddi is getting blamed for the loss here? He can’t MAKE guys dive harder for the ball, he can’t MAKE guys swing over top instead of underneath. That responsibility falls to the player in the moment. These guys are major leaguers, they know they didn’t play well, so does Freddi. The mark of a good manager is managing the ballgame in a way that puts your team in the best position to win a ballgame. He took Minor out when he should have, he pinch hit when he should have, he encouraged guys from the bench/dugout. The bullpen has been lights out for a month, so he’s hoping they can hold them right there and we can chip away at the rest. Then we give up a solo shot. What a horrible manager. Not everything is a managers fault, just like not everything is a players fault. Teams win together, they lose together. Played a late game on Sunday, got in late, and I think it showed yesterday in the field that we were tired. I guess Freddi should read everyone a bedtime story and make sure they get a full nights rest too. If you guys are so unhappy at everything the Braves do, there’s 29 other teams out there. Go Braves.

Good Grief Charlie Brown

August 14th, 2012
9:15 am

@JoshTown: that was a lucid, well thought out comment…what are you doing on THIS blog? :-)

BravesFanInBama

August 14th, 2012
9:43 am

Poor Minor…The kid pitches pretty decent in his past few outings, and he NEVER gets run support! I am pretty sure he has given up 3 runs in his past 2-3 outings, and the boys can only muster 1 run for him. Just focus on tonight boys!

Nevada Roy

August 14th, 2012
9:45 am

In addition to sitting Heyward against LH pitchers Ross should be the starting catcher. Bring McCann in after the starter has gone. We are heading to a 1-game post-season play-in game where the other team will start their best LH pitcher and the Braves post-season will be the shortest on record.

PCOLA Braves Fan

August 14th, 2012
9:48 am

I agree with most of what you say Josh, especially what you say about it’s not just one player/manager responsible. I also think that Minor is getting a bad rap here. If the offense doesn’t score runs, no matter how well he pitches we lose. What I have problems as a fan is, why we sit a player hitting in the low 300’s against lefties and play others that are hitting in the low 200’s?

Nevada Roy

August 14th, 2012
9:52 am

Maybe Wren can find another RH hitting corner outfielder on the waiver-wire and get him on the roster someway before 08/31/12? That way 3-LH starters (or Uggla) can sit against LH starting pitchers and we would have a better chance. Too often the Braves go for players who are good in the clubhouse. Maybe the priority should be players who are good on the field.

JoshTown

August 14th, 2012
9:58 am

Haha, thanks Charlie Brown. I don’t comment on here very often, but I read most of what everyone has to say. Sometimes it just boils over to the point of ridiculous, and I feel like I have to speak up. There’s plenty of great fans on here, some are just…mis-guided? ;) PCOLA, I do agree there. Same line of thinking Fredi is imploring with the 6 man rotation, and going with the best/healthiest 5 at the end of it. Should have our bets hitters in there trying to catch Washington. If someone rakes against lefties, find a way to get him in. (And apparently I spelled Fredi wrong like 19 times in my previous post, my bad!)

And Uggla Strikes Out

August 14th, 2012
10:06 am

“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation” – Thoreau

Gary

August 14th, 2012
10:40 am

Dismal….cant hit lefthanders…..need righthand help……no 6 man rotation can pitch a shut out every game………right…. johnson and ross should have been in there.

Ken Stallings

August 14th, 2012
10:59 am

Second start in a row where the offense abandoned Mike Minor. Sort of makes Chipper’s harsh comments from the last start (where he piled the loss on Minor’s shoulders for giving up three runs over seven innings) a true sore point with me.

Just to make it clear what kind of support Minor has been receiving:

13 Aug, Padres, 6.0 innings, 3 ERA, 0 runs scored
7 Aug, @ Phillies, 7.0 innings, 3 ERA, 0 runs scored
2 Aug, Marlins, 3.2 innings (rain delay), 0 ERA, 6 runs scored
28 July, Phillies, 8.0 innings, 1 ERA, 2 runs scored
23 July, @ Marlins, 7.0 innings, 2 ERA, 0 runs scored
18 July, Giants, 6.0 innings, 1 ERA, 1 run scored

Over Minor’s last six starts (essentially a full month of work), the one time he failed to record a true quality start was when a two hour rain delay ruined what was shaping up to be another outstanding start! Over those six starts, Minor surrendered only ten earned runs over 37.2 innings pitched, for an ERA of just 2.42! His record over those last six starts is a paltry 1-3 with 2 no decisions!

This is why I was taken aback by Chipper’s harsh criticism over Minor giving up three runs (all in the first inning) of his start against the Phillies. Frankly, I thought Chipper had some nerve as if he had said that about a veteran pitcher like Glavine, Smoltz, or Maddux, he’s been ripped in the clubhouse by a team captain, and rightly so!

Minor has every reason in the world to bark at the lineup for woefully inadequate offensive support to his pitching efforts, and yet he’s not once complained about that. In interview after interview, he keeps talking about his own efforts. Minor is a good kid and I hope Chipper took the time to apologize for ripping him in the media. Moreover, I hope the lineup is seeing the same stats I quoted and feel an obligation to give this kid the support he deserves!

Ken Stallings

August 14th, 2012
11:17 am

One more point on this subject, in both of Minor’s last starts (both losses), the early runs were scored with part of the offensive outburst being two sharp grounders (one each game) hit to third base. On both, Chipper did not field the ball. Neither were ruled errors, nor should have been, but they were fieldable. If Chipper made those snags and recorded the outs, it is entirely likely Minor would have surrendered four fewer runs in those games.

Baseball is a team game. Wins and losses are not solely the responsibility of the pitcher, nor can ERA be the sole gauge for pitcher success. At some point the rest of the team has to hit and field. The other valuable thing a pitcher can do is force the opposition to put the ball in play. There is no defense for the base on balls.

So, over those last six starts, I should have added the walks and strike outs. Here they are:

13 Aug, Padres, 6.0 innings, 0 walks, 3 K’s
7 Aug, @ Phillies, 7.0 innings, 2 walks, 5 K’s
2 Aug, Marlins, 3.2 innings (rain delay), 2 walks, 1 K
28 July, Phillies, 8.0 innings, 0 walks, 9 K’s
23 July, @ Marlins, 7.0 innings, 0 walks, 4 K’s
18 July, Giants, 6.0 innings, 2 walks, 7 K’s

That’s a strikeout to walks ratio of 7.25, which is stellar! Further, his walks to innings pitched is an equally impressive 0.10, or just just under one walk per nine innings pitched! His strikeout to innings pitched ratio is another stellar stat: 0.78, which works out to 7 K’s per nine innings pitched!

So, I don’t have much in the way of patience nor tolerance for any more ripping of Mike Minor. The kid has pitched lights out over his last six starts. There should be so self-accounting going on among the eight men hitting in the lineup, especially among one 19-year veteran who is seen to be the team leader!

william

August 14th, 2012
11:27 am

Its funny that this team is streaky at best. they play like an american league team. going for the bomb. In the national league you manufacture runs. work the count. bunt, steal, hit and runs. the big stat is driving in with runners in scoring position. pitchers keeping hitters uncomfortable at the plate. getting length from your starting pitching so as not to blow out your pen. what you are going to need when you get into the post season. I guess we arent as deep in starting pitching. We should have gotten rid of JJ when his stock was up not when he spends every other week on the DL. fthen theres borne. a player that at the end of the season that they wont make a serious offer to just because hes a scott borris cliant and they dont want to anti up. what about when Mac is a free agent, are they going to let a perenial all star and team leader just walk? fthey signed borne at the deadline last season and gave up some pretty good prospects just to let him walk at the end of this season. whats going to happen when heyward and freeman become. then there is freddie Gs bone head in game decisions. We havent done anything under frank Wren. another september collapse is in the horizen. We have to at least run the table on the bad teams like the astros and padres. not to mention the mets and marlins. fWe have the pitching depth and the lineup to do that. I just wished we had another decent right handed bat. if I have to see another game with wilson, fransisco and when is ugla going to be more patient at the plate and not strike out 200 times or more ina season, sometimes I would like to see him bunt

Ken Stallings

August 14th, 2012
11:41 am

“Haven’t done anything under Frank Wren!”

Seriously!

Haven’t done “anything!”

How about this:

Signed a free agent pitcher off the scrap heap for practically nothing who has gone on to give the Braves six quality starts over his last seven starts. Traded very shrewdly and under the radar for a quality starting pitcher and one of the best pinch hitters and backup outfielders in the NL, and gave up one injured excellent prospect and one marginal prospect.

He also went out and got an excellent defensive shortstop with a limited but sometimes productive bat to be an emergency filler because our starting shortstop got injured.

Wren is a strong candidate for NL General Manager of the Year. He’s done quite a lot!

BillEGoat

August 14th, 2012
12:04 pm

In a one-game wild card playoiff, who would you use as the Atlanta starting pitcher? Yes, logic would say Tim Hudson, because of his long experience and record of success. But Tim is 37 and has the bone spur problem. He has had some excellent starts but also some extremely poor ones this season, games where he has given up a bunch of runs and put the Braves out of the game early. How much gas will be in his tank in a post-season game? Who ELSE would you consider using? Also, if the Braves have a wild card berth clinched, would you adjust the pitching rotation in the last week of the season if there was still a VERY outside chance for the divisionj title, if a long-shot mathemetical chance still existed? Would you use the best pitchers in the last week, knowing you would not have your top guys available for the one-game wild card playoff?

Tina

August 14th, 2012
12:05 pm

Freddi always gives the other teams pitcher credits instead of blaming his offence against a LH. Nats blew Vogestan away last night wait till we face him. Please Freddi Johnson in lf and Prado at 2nd then put Pastor at short we need offence. With a lefty going again we will at least get 5 strikeouts out of Bourn Heyward and Uggla you can bet the house on it. Have a great trade for Braves Freddi for Bud Black. WE will not go to another game until Feddi is gone . Good luck to the 18,000 last night. Cubs played Astros in the rain in front of 31,000.

Brave New World

August 14th, 2012
1:31 pm

Just another manic Monday….

dixie brave

August 14th, 2012
1:50 pm

From reading most of these comments, you would never know the Braves have the 5th best record in all of baseball.

bostonbravo

August 14th, 2012
2:05 pm

havana banana?? realy??? kudos

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Nelson

August 14th, 2012
2:31 pm

J-MAN, made my question already:

My complaint is why isnt Reed Johnson and David Ross batting against left handed starters?. The final game of the Mets and tonights game could have been changed with them in the line up. Also Uggla hasnt hit leftys all season

Nelson

August 14th, 2012
2:39 pm

JoshTown, good point but one more reason to use the bench that did not played on Sunday!!!!!!! ( Ross and the outfield from Chicago) both right handed bats!!!!!!!!!!!, Please.

Ron

August 14th, 2012
4:55 pm

Amazing! Wow! I think most of you guys should be the next Braves Manager, (or Better yet, Bring Back Cox) whom I will say to all of you, used to complain that he (Cox) ran the same line-up out there every day and he only won 1 World Series with the Braves! Now Fredi has used many different line-ups, has substituted many times, players in and out, rest days and the whole bit and still he gets razzed for not putting Ross and Reed out there last nite. What a bunch of whiners!!

Robert ( chi-town)

August 14th, 2012
5:11 pm

Sunday night Heyward swings at two balls to end the game, that if he would have just took for balls, it would have brought Met killer Chipper up with the bases loaded! But Freddie continues to bat him 3rd, stays with Uggla, for 3 more strike outs, and refuses to use Johnson hardly at all since we got him from the Cubs! And now you come home to 4 with the Padres, and score 1 run the first night? With the Dodgers at the end of the series, we may not have to wait for the Braves to implode on the last day of the season this year.

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