Braves quotes after Wednesday’s win against Padres

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Maholm

“He wiggled out of some jams there. He wasn’t as sharp as he was in New York obviously, but he kept us in the ballgame. I’ll talk to him tomorrow about it, but I think sometimes he’s not afraid to walk a guy to get to a guy he wants. That’s what it looked like a couple times in today’s game. He’s going to give me and Roger [a heart attack?]…

“I think with the bases loaded, he got Hundley out and the pitcher’s spot early in the game, but it looked like from sitting in the dugout, he wanted to face those two guys. He didn’t want to walk the shortstop but he didn’t want to give him something to hit. That’s something me and Roger will talk to him tomorrow about, if that’s what he does, to calm us down a little bit.”

On Uggla

“He’s heating up. That ball that he hit today was gone in a heartbeat. He hit the ball hard and Jason got some good hits and drove in some runs and Prado had a three-hit night. I tell you we ran the bases extremely well today. We get second and third in that one inning, they make that play at the plate, they’ve got a rundown, we end up second and third again, which is big. I was afraid it was going to come back and bite us a little bit, we give second and third in the second inning and we didn’t get nothing. But we were able to keep putting pressure on Volquez and we got some crooked numbers.”

That the Uggla you’ve seen in the past, when he gets hot it can roll for a bit?

“And we saw it last year. This is a good time for him to get hot and drive in some runs.”

**PAUL MAHOLM

On the run support early

“I made a bad pitch and gave up a solo homer. The next half-inning Uggs comes through with a huge three-run homer.”

On working out of jams tonight

“Just trying to execute pitches. I think it was the fourth inning, bases loaded with one out, and made some good pitches and got out of it and the defense took care of me.”

Did you pitch around Everth Cabrera (walk to load bases with 1 out) to get to No. 8 hitter Hundley?

“Whenever you have guys that aren’t have the years that they’re capable of, obviously I’m not going to give in to Cabrera when I’ve got Hundley and the pitcher coming up. I threw some close pitches [to Cabrera] and he laid off of them. You just kind of move on and go after the next guy.”

On staying calm in the fourth when they loaded the bases

“That inning when the bases were loaded, I threw a pitch to Quentin that hit him in the foot. Maybin barely hits one out of the home-plate circle, and I walk a guy. So it’s bases loaded and one out. You’ve just got to know that you can continue to execute your pitches and let the defense do their job.”

Did growing up watching Glavine in those situations help mold your approach (i.e. not giving in to good hitter)?

“He’s a Hall of Famer, so I’m not going to compare myself to him. But I think I try and keep the same mindset no matter what, and not give in. I think that’s probably coming from watching him growing up. Like I said when I got here, my mindset is to not give in and not allow the other team know whether you’ve got your good stuff. No matter what the score is, I’m going to go and compete and just try to keep it calm and compete and just make pitches.”

On getting career-high 11th win

“Yeah, but we’ve got a long way to go the rest of the season, so I’m just going to keep doing my routine, keep expecting to win every time out. When you’ve got a club that’s playing well it’s fun to come in every day and it’s fun to go out there for your start days. You just have to make sure that you keep us in and let the offense get relaxed and put up some runs. Obviously Uggla’s three-run homer, and J-Hey had the big double. It’s fun to watch and fun to be a part of.”

**DAN UGGLA

On getting to that high-and-in pitch and pulling it over LF fence

“I don’t know, I guess it felt a little up. But that’s what happens when you’re on time. When I’m on time, my bat’s as quick as anybody’s. I was able to get on top of one finally. Man, it felt good.”

On feeling better and better in past couple of weeks

“Yeah, just to get on base, get some hits, drive some runners in, score some runs. That’s when you know you’re getting back on track, when you’re creating some run production. That’s the only thing I really care about, scoring runs and driving in runs. Once you get to this level, that’s all it’s about.”

On Maholm

“He’s really come a long way. He’s really figured out how to pitch. He’s really figured out what type of pitcher he is. Not just this year. Every year he’s been in the league, he’s been getting better and better. And he’s a bulldog out there. He’s going to challenge you, he’s going to get you off-balance, and he’s going to give you a heck of an at-bat.”

On facing Volquez

“You don’t want to get behind 0-2, 1-2 on a guy like that, who has such good stuff. He’s got a lot of things he can make you swing and miss with, and he’s got a fastball he can blow by you. So it’s just a matter of not missing that mistake, and if you do get behind in the count you’ve got to stick your nose in there and just grind until you get something you can handle.”

**JASON HEYWARD

Had the hitting shoes on tonight?

“One of them.” [laughs]

“No, just tried to keep it simple. Again it’s good to be in some situations with guys on base, just try to keep improving on those at-bats myself and we’ll have some opportunities to score and win.”

On Uggla coming around after long slump

“It’s awesome. I’ve been there personally, and it’s just huge to see him staying with it like we know he can, and I’m really happy for him to put together a lot of good ABs in the last few weeks. He looked really dangerous at the plate.”

On Maholm, not as sharp at at New York, but only allowed one run…

“It’s huge. He only gave up one, kept us in the game. It’s good to give him some run support early on and let him go out there and feel comfortable. Even though he threw a lot more pitches this time out, it’s still more comfortable pitching with a lead.”

Frustrated at all to keep winning and not pick up games on Nationals?

“It’s good to keep winning, bottom line.” (smiles)

Not frustrating at all?

(smiles) “It’s good to keep winning.”

On scoreboard watching

“We’re well aware of what’s going on. The thing we have to be aware of every night is, what we can do. And that’s all we can do is try to win games and have the opportunity to get to the playoffs, no matter how.”

52 comments Add your comment

lee maye

August 15th, 2012
11:04 pm

Wen

August 15th, 2012
11:04 pm

Bring back the thrashers

David from Athens, AL

August 15th, 2012
11:06 pm

Thanks DOB!! Enjoy reading!

lee maye

August 15th, 2012
11:07 pm

Kudos for Francisco. 2 doubles. And, Janish is putting the bat on the ball some. He is by far the best defensive SS who is a backup in the league. Braves may have the 2 best defensive SS in the ML. Can’t think of anyone with 2 better than Simmons and Janish.

Who Me?

August 15th, 2012
11:14 pm

Good to see Maholm starting to settle into a groove with us. Danny needs to figure out how to hit like this for another 8 or 10 weeks. All in all a better night tonight than a couple days ago. Who pitches next?

Brandon

August 15th, 2012
11:19 pm

Bronke

August 15th, 2012
11:23 pm

Maybe it’s time for McCann to split the catching duties with Ross until he recovers his swing. Good game all around and glad to see the Braves win these must win games!

BravesfaninAugusta

August 15th, 2012
11:26 pm

Need BMac to come around… He looks lost at the plate

B

August 15th, 2012
11:41 pm

at least now we know why Melky was playing so much better for the Giants then when he played in ATL….

BUGGSY

August 16th, 2012
12:04 am

Hey Freddie G. Pauly looked pretty Damn sharp to me!!!

Quack Quack

August 16th, 2012
12:04 am

@B…Yeah I thought Melky was just being mean acting the way he did when here in Atl, but it was just the DRUGS!!! Big Dumb Jerk….Just Say No

GO BRAVES!!

Quack Quack

August 16th, 2012
12:06 am

@B…than when he played….not then when

Joseph

August 16th, 2012
12:11 am

Justice done for idiot Milk dud Cabrera. Uggla is a streak hitter period and I just hope this current streak continues the rest of the year. Heyward snapped out of his slump tonight. Maholm was not sharp at all tonight, but he did enough to battle through 7. Against a good team this might have been a closer game but still Maholm kept us in the game even though he wasn’t sharp. Roadrunner (Fransisco) is really making a solid case for being the starting 3rd baseman next year. This team is solid, and the Nats are hot. Can’t help but wonder what the mentality of that team will be once Strasburgh is shut down. This is a great year. Chipper the HOFer deserves 1 more taste of the playoffs.

Joseph

August 16th, 2012
12:14 am

Buggsy. Maholm wasn’t sharp tonight. 3 walks and 10 3 ball counts is not SHARP. He battled. I am glad we have him, but he had a bad night with his command. If this is bad I will take it any day, but be honest please, he was not sharp but he did enough to get us through this game.

J-MAN

August 16th, 2012
12:50 am

Well I dont wanna say that Uggla is hot just yet but he is showing signs of life. We just want consistancy. Also Maholm showed us a great pitching performance tonight. He didnt have great stuff tonight but he used his pitching knowledge to escape several toughspots Kudos. Francisco is a good player that deserves a shot at 3B full time next year. I think Francisco can hit 25 HRs and have 80 RBIs next year. We just need the Nationals to lose and we need to sweep a series against them soon.

Teddy B

August 16th, 2012
12:56 am

Not only is Heyward playing so good that its not a stretch to say he’s a superstar in the making, his interviews also give you the impression that he’s a very smart young man. I have tremendous respect for this guy, he battled and clawed his way through 2011 just to stay on the team and now look at what we have….one of the premier young up and coming sluggers who could eventually be the next best thing since Albert Pujols. He’s on track to exceed a 20/20 season this year and thats huge for a guy who we weren’t sure if he’d even make it after last year’s injuries and slumps.

I wish this young man nothing but the best and hope that he keeps going strong, when he plays good the Braves play good. Also, he’s won us lots of games this year and that never hurts either. Realistically by 2013 he may very well be our main offensive threat next season, and may go on to break many Braves and MLB records during his career. I haven’t seen someone with this much potential since young Albert Pujols back in 2001, and thats scary for opposing pitchers!

So glad we drafted this kid in 2007, we took a risk drafting a local High School kid in the first round but it all worked out perfectly. If only Jon Gilmore (#33 Overall) would have turned out to be this good for us, but I’m not even sure he’s still playing for the White Sox minor league team or not. He may have retired by now. He was a highly regarded young man who flamed out and never really produced for us in the minors. But hey in the 2nd round we also got Freddie Freeman so can’t complain, 2007 was an excellent year for ATL at the draft.

Teddy B

August 16th, 2012
1:02 am

I just checked, Jon Gilmore is still playing for the White Sox Double-A team and currently batting a horrid .180 in 33 games. May 22nd was the last game he’s played in, not sure if he got demoted or if he gave it up. A shame he had a lot of potential when he was drafted by the Braves. But it happens, lots of prospects never pan out. Thats why we call them Prospects.

Brandon

August 16th, 2012
1:05 am

as stated earlier by DOB on Twitter: “Heyward has 14 game-winning RBIs, tied w/ C.Grandersons for 2nd in the majors, behind Hanley R’s 18 w/Marlins & Dodgers”

spartygw

August 16th, 2012
1:11 am

Bronke, good idea re: Ross and McCann

Hey, I love the Braves but these Padres are a weak weak team. I want to see how we fare against the Nats head to head.

crow is good.

August 16th, 2012
1:19 am

Last year I was ready to give up on JHey. I do think getting ‘bulked up’ in the offseason after his rookie year hurt him. He’s leaner, quicker and most of all, healthy. I wonder if Uggs could benefit by not continuing to get bulkier every offseason. Quicken his bat some, maybe get going sooner in the season. Anyway, I’ll eat my Heyward crow and love it. Hope I have to eat it again because of Hanson,
but right now I think he is our sixth best starter. Seventh if Beachy were here.

Impeller

August 16th, 2012
5:15 am

Braves winning regular season games is great. But in the playoffs when every game counts, where will we hide our pitiful 6,7,8, 9 hitters? Reds 1975 batting avgs – Bench .283, Perez .283, Morgan .327, Concepcion .274, Rose .317, Foster .300, Geronimo . 257, Griffey .305.
Braves 2012 – Bourn .291, Prado .302, Heyward .271, Jones .312 Freeman .276, McCann .230, Uggla .215, Janish .198.

Against the cream of National league pitching, it may be tough to hide.

Bobby's Cox

August 16th, 2012
5:41 am

Postseason play goes pitch by pitch Impeller. Your offense needs to work counts and put the ball in play regardless how they fared in the regular season (see the 2010 Giants). We’ve done that at times this year, mostly when we’ve had the most succes. Just need to do it in October if we get there. Championship teams pitch well first, and work opposing pitchers 2nd. So far, our pitching is looking really good. I like how we’re resting the rotation & pen.

JRoswell

August 16th, 2012
6:32 am

Has anyone noticed that Washington has a lot more home games than the Braves for the remainder of the season.

OTP

August 16th, 2012
6:46 am

I could be wrong; but, I think Maholm only threw 7 pitches in the first inning. That’s pretty good, isn’t it?

Cleveland Steamer

August 16th, 2012
6:51 am

You do not win by batting averages. Specious argument. Have you been taking Obama positioning lessons or are you just a dim wit?

JNick

August 16th, 2012
7:45 am

OTP, anything less than 10 pitches/inning is good. Maholm threw that CG shutout in his last game in 95 pitches, he’s a guy who knows how to pitch, who won’t run up pitch counts trying to strike everyone out. Very smart pitcher.

PaulG

August 16th, 2012
8:17 am

No aunt blabbies so far….what do they do with their time on days the braves win? take it out on their families? the world wants to know

ijudgenot

August 16th, 2012
8:37 am

Maholm is a younger version of Glavine. The guy knows how to pitch and is confident enough in his abilities to not give in to a hitter and pitch to the next guy. That was obvious to everyone except Fredi and McDowell. That tells you why the young pitchers have had problems getting out of jams. McDowel obviously has told them that walking a hitter(by only throwing borderline pitches) to get to the next guy is a no no and it’s better to throw a strike right down the middle on a 3-2 count. Maholm is not an overpowering pitcher but he gets guys out like Glavine and Maddox did by taking advantage ofe their aggressiveness. Delgado and Teheran and Minor could learn a lot from him. Very glad the Braves got him instead of Dempster.

alex

August 16th, 2012
8:51 am

Taking care of the week teams is necessary, let’s see against LA….Have to admit that FW has been accurate on these pitcher acquisitions this year (Yanks GOT Lowe…..) IF Uggla can hit at a 250 pace for rest of year (13.5 mill ?!?) and Simmons returns could challenge in the playoffs….

GaryinBham

August 16th, 2012
8:57 am

PaulG No aunt blabbies so far….what do they do with their time on days the braves win? take it out on their families? the world wants to know

The unit scheduled therapy at 8:30 and then a day trip to Six Flaggs. They’ll be back.

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PaulG

August 16th, 2012
9:15 am

Garyin Bham…great post…I should have known

@believebraves6

August 16th, 2012
9:22 am

Come on guys… Obviously the play of the game was not in fact the homerun hit by Uggla, but the catch made by fan! #awesomereaction

@believebraves6

August 16th, 2012
9:22 am

PaulG

August 16th, 2012
9:28 am

Let’s stop smoking whatever over Maholm….yes, I am happy he is doing well but as noted above by judgenot, is one seriously to believe he is a young Tom Glavine???……incredible assertion……Maholm is 30 , check out his lifetime ERA, WHIP….mediocre…..he is a 3 rd rate Glavine…..Glavine was already a star at 25
In predicting future performance beware of the law of small numbers, respect past performance over several years duration
When a player has a W-L record above his norm check out run support

Don Neely

August 16th, 2012
9:36 am

McCann ought to be ashamed of his batting average. He keeps letting the first pitch right down the middle go and then swings at bad pitches. Really pretty pitiful. If you are batting 218 and there is a pitch right down the middle and you know it’s coming why not swing at it. He is not that good to let it go.

Yes Way José

August 16th, 2012
10:11 am

You guys are ignoring the fact that McCann is playing with a bum shoulder.

Ed

August 16th, 2012
11:07 am

PLease…DO NOT speak to Paul about how to pitch. He is good and knows what he is doing which is far more than I can say for Freddi and Roger. Don’t screw him up like you have done to Tommy and like you are trying to do to Medlen.

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Potsie Jones

August 16th, 2012
12:33 pm

DOB –

I have enjoyed watching Bourn this year. I sure hope he is signed to a long term deal.

I have a question though – does anyone ever tell him when to run? I don’t watch all the games but I could name a dozen times he never made a move to steal when he should have. I am sure sometimes it’s because of a good move the pitcher has and or a good throwing catcher but wed game in the first inning is an example. He had a few good pitches to run on – then only goes on 3-2 count and is doubled up.

Great that we didn’t need the runs but imo Bourn killed what could have been good rally.

Seems like Fredi needs to tell him to run. If Bourn is going to leave for the nats or whoever, we might as well get all the use out of him we can.

So, does Fredi EVER order Bourn to run and if he does, why not more often? How do they see the first inning last night?

Enkinan

August 16th, 2012
12:36 pm

It’s painful to watch McCann struggle like he is with as good as he has been over the years.

Potsie Jones

August 16th, 2012
12:45 pm

Maholm is from heaven. He has a style that can pitch forever.

After a couple horrid years, Wren did very good this year even if by luck.

The Braves were blessed with a guy named Dempster not wanting to be part of the Brave’s 2012 onslaught. Lucky is good. Like when they signed Simmons figuring him to be a pitcher and they got a – barring injury – hall of fame type ss.

Brandon

August 16th, 2012
1:17 pm

@Potsie Jones – one thing that i really enjoy about bourn is that he is careful on the base paths. He may not run every time but he still leads the league in steals (31) and considering that he’s been the stolen base league leader since 2009, i trust his base stealing choices.

Brandon

August 16th, 2012
1:26 pm

Since Wren came in 2008:

2008: Braves record 72-90
2009: Braves record 86-76
2010: Braves record 91-71
2011: Braves record 89-73

@Potsie Jones – are you saying that Wren had a couple horrid years?

Amber Girl

August 16th, 2012
5:20 pm

Hi Brandon, Just home from school today. Whats happening. Heyward go yickkety tonite

Johnny Boy

August 16th, 2012
7:04 pm

Hey Amber Girl, ur scool sure lets out late. Mine got out at 3. Whats yickety mean?

Don Neely

August 17th, 2012
8:50 pm

Jason – how long will it take you to learn? Let me see- first one right down the middle no swing, next in the dirt does swing next one on the outside corner,,next hit the bench,

Mccann how long will it take you guys to learn..first pitch right down the middle just stands there, next high swing and miss, next one outside swing and miss,,Next.

What in the heck is wrong with swinging at the first pitch right down the middle.. A .218 hitter isn’t good enough to let the first pitch right down the middle go without swinging. If you know what’s coming and it is right down the middle what more do you want. .It’s a freaking mystery.

Bourne does it and he is a great hitter. Of course why doesn’t the manager say something..like get the freaking bat off of shoulder dumb nuts!

Don Neely

August 18th, 2012
8:35 pm

I learned this in the pony league. You give a pitcher the first 0-1 count and he has the advantage. Please tell why these dumb nuts continue to let the first pitch right down the middle go. A real mystery. Prado, McCann, Uggla, etc all mut Bourne and Chipper. And whats amazing McCann batting 218.

Don Neely

August 18th, 2012
8:38 pm

Second tier team will never outplay a first team. They will get swept by the dodgers just like the Yankees did.

Don Neely

August 18th, 2012
8:43 pm

Isn’t it sad. A 40 year old man can out play, out hit all of these youngs super starts and it’s obvious they are not willing to take batting lessons, Freeman, Hayward, Uggla, are any of you guys listening. And you guys let a minor leauger playing second base out hit you out play you. A real shame about these super stars.

And why isn’t Ross playing every game and bench McCann.

Don Neely

August 20th, 2012
11:14 pm

Same old story..different game. Two men on base..Uggla up to bat. First pitch right down the middle, no swing. Next pitch in the dirt he swings and misses. he couldn’t have hit it with a boat paddle. next pitch at the knees and he stands there looking. 2 outs..McCann comes up same story. These guys are pathetic. Why are they major players with big salaries.

Don Neely

August 21st, 2012
11:47 pm

That was my last game to watch of the braves. It’s just not any fun watching no swings with balls right down the middle, swinging at balls in the dirt (Heywood) , called third strikes with the bat on their shoulder with the bases loaded. I could go on and on. Just not any fun to watch!!!!!!!

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