Braves quotes after 11-inning Friday win over Dodgers

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Franciscso

“He’s been getting some playing time and he’s swinging the bat. A hell of an at-bat there. Down two runs we came back and battled, tied the ballgame, a lot of great things going on there today. Tommy pitched well. The bullpen did terrific, all the way down to Jonny. Good defense, good baserunning. I wish we didn’t have to play extra innings. We had a chance there with Bourny at third and had three shots at it and we couldn’t get that run in.”

On Janish’s two 2-out hits

“Two big hits, and Rossy there in the 11th bit hit and also a great job going first to third for a guy that doesn’t have the greatest speed in the world. That’s good baserunning.”

On Janish’s game including three hits, great D, relay throw

“He had a great night but I appreciate him. The hits, those are great things to do but I appreciate the hell out of him defensively. The stuff he can do. The relay to cut the runner out at the plate with two outs. Nice game on his part, and I know him and Walk have worked hard to get a swing where he’s not an out. And he’s not by any means of the imagination and like we always say, he’s not here to win a batting title, he’s here to help us win on defense. And he’s done that. Whatever we get offensively out of him is a plus.”

On Uggla swinging with 3-0 count

“He’s going to try to go yard there and end the game.”

Encouraged by what you’ve seen out of Venters lately?

“Yes, this has been about four or five in a row that even when the ball is put in play, it’s on the ground which is encouraging. And going out of it today, we come out a bullpen arm shorter and sure enough the baseball gods test you and go ‘OK we’re going to go 11. See what happens.’ But I think we’re going to be OK. The bullpen is going to be OK. Nobody got taxed. Everybody pitched one inning the rest of the way. And give credit to Tommy, he gave us 6 2/3 innings, three runs, it’s a hell of an outing.”

Uneasy walking Kemp to get to Ethier?

“Yeah pick your poison. You’ve got the guy who’s arguably the MVP of last year and maybe even this year and you’ve got to try to put your guy in the best spot he’s going to be successful in.”

More on Hanson

“He battled and got right to 100 pitches. That was a very promising outing.”

**PAUL JANISH

On getting three hits, two of them in late innings when Braves scored

“It’s huge. It was one of those nights where Capuano had good stuff. He’s been throwing the ball really well lately. It was the same tonight. We couldn’t get much going throughout the game. Fortunately we got to him in that last inning [he pitched], when we were able to tie the game. Jason came up with a huge hit against [Belisario] to tie the game.

“Going into extra innings, you’re on the edge of your seat. Anything can happen. O’Flaherty came in and did a good job. Jonny did a great job. And the biggest thing is to win games like that, because they’re so emotionally involved. It’s kind of a kick in the pants if you don’t find a way to win them. But at the same time, it’s definitely a sign – good teams tend to find a way to win those games.”

On all the two-out hits in late innings

“That’s huge. Guys are grinding. Ross had a couple of the best at-bats of the game really without anything to show for it until that last at-bat. He got on two out and nobody on base, they’re kind of taking a breath thinking the inning’s over. We string a couple together and then Juan – that was huge coming off the bench, and being able to stick a ball in the outfield with two outs right there. You really can’t say enough about that.”

On the relay throw that nailed Ethier at the plate

“That’s really on Martin [Prado]. He did such a good job with that, cutting that ball off and getting it in in a hurry. I think they kind of rolled the dice. Obviously if we make two good throws there, he’s out by quite a bit. Rossy did a good job picking that ball; it was a short hop. To catch it and tag him and hang onto the ball is pretty big. It ended up being a pretty huge play.”

On his three-hit game

“I haven’t been swinging the bat as bad as maybe it looks like. I’ve been hitting the ball hard at people and whatnot, and having decent at-bats and just not getting the results. On a night like tonight, when we really couldn’t get much going offensively, to be able to come up with some key hits at key times, that’s obviously a good thing.”

**DAVID ROSS

On the team’s two-out hits including his own in the 11th

“Those were big. When J-Hey tied it up for us, he gave us that spark to come back, because we’d been pretty dormant other than Chipper’s home run. That was a huge home run to give us the lead, then Tommy had pitched out of some jams. They got him a couple of times, but he threw well, and J-Hey and Mike B … that’s what we do, we grind at-bats. Nobody gives away at-bats. You’re going to have to get us out, especially late in the game, you’re going to have to get us out with some good pitches and we’re going to fight you tooth and nail.”

On Janish’s hits in the eighth and 11th

“He was humongous. You know he hits the ball good if I can go from first to third [in the 11th]. He made some great plays defensively. And I feel like Janish is in every AB. I know the numbers don’t show it, but he makes a lot of contact. He rarely strikes out and he hits the ball hard. Early on he had a lot of tough luck, and tonight they found some grass.”

**JASON HEYWARD

On getting a big two-out hit vs. team he’s struggled against

“Yeah, man, just trying to get better with time and keep grinding out at-bats. The starters threw really well and we were able to hang in there and get some runners home late, and put up some tough at-bats against their pitchers out of the bullpen.”

On number of two-out hits for Braves tonight

“It’s just being in situations more times, you want to try to get better at it. You’re not going to always come through but you want to just make sure you at least have a chance, whether it’s with two outs or no outs. And the more opportunities we have, the more we feel like we’re going to come through.”

Were you aware of your stats (6-for-63) against Dodgers before that two-out hit in eighth?

“Out there for sure. This is my first year swinging the bat decent out there in L.A. That’s the thing, I’ve only hit one home run in Philly and that’s one of the smallest ballparks. Same with Cincinnati. But time goes on and you get wiser with more at-bats. Same thing with two-out RBI situations, clutch situations and whatnot.

“You just want to keep improving. Last week the way the game ended in New York, it ended with me at the plate with two outs, a chance for an RBI to tie the game. And here we go again tonight, it was another chance, and it happened. So you just want to be patient with yourself and don’t over-think it, just relax and take what you can from each situation.”

**TOMMY HANSON

On his outing

“I thought I threw well. Besides the ball to Ethier, I thought I threw pretty good. I was happy with how I threw, but know I can throw better.”

Back feel OK?

“Yeah, everything’s fine.”

Special coming from behind to beat Dodgers in series opener?

“Yeah, especially since this is a big series. The Dodgers have a really good team, so to win the first one, and the way we did, is huge. Obviously they have a tough team and Capuano threw really well against us tonight. So it was nice to get those runs late and win it in extras.”

– Compiled by David O’Brien and Carroll Rogers

71 comments Add your comment

lee maye

August 18th, 2012
12:53 am

Francisco is #1

lee maye

August 18th, 2012
12:54 am

Thank you Reds. Reds didn’t want Janish or Francisco. Glad they are Braves.

Mike

August 18th, 2012
12:58 am

Great job by Fredi on his decisions for the most part. I would not have had Tommy start the 7th but everything else was great. Especially going with Juan Over Hinske.

Brandon

August 18th, 2012
1:02 am

Curious to hear what Ross and Hanley were talking about. On tv it looked like Hanley was saying “No, I wasn’t.” I thought maybe Ross saw him peeking back at him while he was setting up or putting down signals.

BF54

August 18th, 2012
1:10 am

Good Juan Fredi

Ekim

August 18th, 2012
1:15 am

Thank you DOB and Carroll. Always a great job.

NorCal Brave

August 18th, 2012
1:26 am

Really get the feeling we have a complete ball club now. Very impressive to come back against Capuano, who’s always at the top of his game against us.

bigjacketfan

August 18th, 2012
1:30 am

Way to go Bravos! Nice to see the bats come alive after losing the lead. J-Hey, Bourne and Jannish are giving Chipper a run for his money with their hitting! lol

Darryl Blackberry

August 18th, 2012
1:33 am

Watching the Dodgers’ live feed makes me thankful to be a Braves fan. Geez, their awful, awful announcers (Steve Lyons and the guy who couldn’t hack it on ESPN’s SportsCenter) can’t even allow their team to lose gracefully. “Janish with a little ducksnort hit there” and “Reed Johnson and the Braves are hitting with pillows here in the eighth.”

There are no games where your team loses and you go, “What a shame, it shouldn’t have happened this way.” Uh, yes. It should have. Brandon League couldn’t get it done and the Braves capitalized. Period.

brave braverson

August 18th, 2012
1:51 am

braves are beast. no tomahawk choke this year.

wallypip

August 18th, 2012
3:12 am

what, no comments from Francisco? C’mon. That’s lame. Thankfully, his approach at the plate ISN’T.

Jerry in Tennessee

August 18th, 2012
6:41 am

After the Dodgers hit the ball on the nose in the fourth and fifth I was surprised to see Hanson bat for himself in the bottom of the fifth. I was not surprised to see him give up the lead in the sixth and I could not believe he was “run back out there” in the seventh. Fredi got his hundred pitches when seventy would have gotten Tommy a win. The bull pen could have worked innings 6,7,8 and 9 just like the great work they did in innings 8,9,10 and 11. The offense covered for a bad decision.

cmc

August 18th, 2012
6:49 am

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cmc

August 18th, 2012
6:54 am

Jerry, just enjoy the win, man. So many positives and very little negatives about the game. So why dig around for something worth complaining. This team could go 162-0 and some of these bloggers would still gripe. GO BRAVES!!

Buddy Landel

August 18th, 2012
7:22 am

Maybe Jerry knows that UT football is about to begin and he’s gotta practice up on his gripin’ and whinin’.

jt

August 18th, 2012
7:46 am

I think if I hear Joe, Skip say one more time “Uggla’s bat is heating up” I will PUKE!!

If they think hitting 207 is heating up, I think we need new announcers. Hey Uggla, can you say Mendoza? Pretty sad that Janish has passed him in average. After all getting hits is the name of the game, not striking out ever damn time you come to the plate. Think he might go to Chipper and ask “how do you do that” No, he is too full of himself and other stuff!

BraveFan

August 18th, 2012
7:47 am

One of the best wins of the year. Great pitching by the Dodgers but we hung in and went the other way for just enough hits to scratch a win against a very good team. Way to go Juan. One of top at bats I’ve seen by Heyward to tie because their guy was throwing well.

Thanks to FG for some good managing and to FW for getting these pieces here. Sheets, Maholm, Johnson, Janish, Francisco all picked for little in return since we broke ST. Where would we be without those guys?

jt

August 18th, 2012
7:50 am

Anybody know what that was between Ross and Handly Ramerize ( however you spell it) ????

Paddy

August 18th, 2012
8:02 am

Jerry……come on, either you are a fan or you are not. Bet your glass is always half empty!

longtimefan

August 18th, 2012
8:11 am

Braves are cookin’!!!

Ralph

August 18th, 2012
8:28 am

Looks like the season is going down to a one game winner take all, not going to pass the Nats, they don’t know how to lose.

Top Chopper

August 18th, 2012
8:55 am

Thanks everyone for the comments. I missed the game. First one this year because……I am in love. Never give up hope.//// So Francisco is contributing and Janish is contributing. Sounds like the Braves know what the heck they are doing. Yay.

Chc4

August 18th, 2012
8:56 am

Bourn should attempt to steal just about every time he gets on first. Leading off the 6th with a BB and being stranded there is awful. Didn’t even attempt a hit and run with Prado. As much as he has been on base this year he should easily have over 60 attempted SBs. I don’t get the passive base running.

Quack Quack

August 18th, 2012
8:57 am

What a great game. Way to stick with it. Maybe we could just start each at bat with 2 outs to give us an advantage.
J Hey just keeps rockin. Ross and Janish (3 for 5!!) way to go. Juan is a beast!!
Lets finish this series then go get the Gnats.

GO BRAVES!! Great Baseball!!

PaulG

August 18th, 2012
9:17 am

The zero tolerance aunt blabbys are still around….7% of this & previous blog are still anti fredi…..amazing…..I guess to be a brave manager you need to have a perfect season……but them in all walks of life you can find about the same % who believe the earth is flat,Obama is a card carrying communist, Elvis is still alive etc

athensmatt

August 18th, 2012
9:26 am

Regarding those who think Fredi made a poor decision in keeping Hanson in the game in the 6th inning, I was initially thinking the same thing. But after watching more of the game and realizing that our bullpen was one man short, it’d have to be a no-doubt situation to get your starter out of the game when he’s throwing a shutout after 5 innings and has only thrown 70 pitches. Then if the Dodgers tie it up, we’d be criticizing Fredi for taking Hanson out. A one-run lead against the Dodgers is tough to hold; give them credit, they’ve got a good ball club.

LaBrenda Chenile Watson

August 18th, 2012
9:29 am

These wonderful quotes get me through the day until the next game. I do not remember the players being so articulate. Where are all the uhs, and you knows, and why don’t you quote Uggla more? If I was Carroll, I would always try for an interview with Uggla just to see if he can talk. His at-bats would make this softball playing southwest Atlanta girl think he is not very smart. I could be wrong.

Winchester

August 18th, 2012
9:29 am

With tongue-in-cheek, I’m thrilled that we Battled and got some good At Bats.

Lost on 285

August 18th, 2012
9:43 am

So the Braves don’t seem to like Hanley much….but was he and David Ross about to throw down?

Rick C

August 18th, 2012
9:44 am

Chc4, I think I trust the man who’s been one of the top base stealers in baseball the last few years to know when he should try and when not to. Going just for the sake of going is just stupid and would mean him getting thrown out more as well. He has commented this year that pitchers are paying more attention to him now than ever. Plus, Capuano is a tough lefty who has only allowed four SB with three CS this year.

Beauvighn

August 18th, 2012
10:00 am

Janish is one heck of a shortstop. That guy is so smooth on defense, I don’t believe he has made an error since he has been here. I for one would like for him to be our backup shortstop and maybe even push Simmons next year. Janish is a much more accomplished player defensively than jack Wilson. Great pick up by Wren

Beauvighn

August 18th, 2012
10:00 am

Janish is one heck of a shortstop. That guy is so smooth on defense, I don’t believe he has made an error since he has been here. I for one would like for him to be our backup shortstop and maybe even push Simmons next year. Janish is a much more accomplished player defensively than jack Wilson. Great pick up by Wren

Jack Lill

August 18th, 2012
10:25 am

HANSON should head to the bullpen. He is five innins and done.

BravesFanInBama

August 18th, 2012
10:25 am

No quotes from Big Juan?

Basstringerfish

August 18th, 2012
10:27 am

Hey Ralph,
I remember having a conversation at work back during the 90’s run. Probably 94, 95 – someone here with a better memory than I can figure it out – but it had to do with the same comments about Cincinatti never losing. Both teams were always on 7 – 8 game winning steaks, lose a game or two at the same time…just did not seem to make any difference what we did…we could not catch them. But it is a long season and eventually, we did catch them and go on…it seemed almost every year we had a different wannabe looking to knock us off the top. Now, Philly has faltered, the Braves and Nats look more primed to move ahead in the future with the pitching they/ we have ( thankfully we kept those arms). … The Nats will be good and will be the sexy choice because of the amount of number ones they have…but we will be very good for a long time. I still think – Strasburg or no – that at the end of the day, our experience in the clubhouse and from last Sept. will carry us to the title ( barring a bad injury) …

64 year Braves fan

August 18th, 2012
10:38 am

Agree with Jerry from Tennessee. Hanson is basically a 5 inning pitcher. There on to him by the 6th
and he doesn’t have the power pitch to rely on. Fredi should have had the bullpen in by then with the
score still 1-0. We can see it at home. Why can’t he? Ross and Janish had a great game. Why does Uggla try to pull everything for a home-run? He should learn from watching Reid Johnson who uses the whole field. We are winning with a 2nd baseman who strikes out 60% of the time. This can’t continue.

scottirock

August 18th, 2012
10:39 am

I would love to see Bourne in a squeeze to win the game. On third with no outs. I know Prado can bunt.

David O'Brien

August 18th, 2012
10:44 am

No quotes from Big Juan? — BravesFanInBama

He dresssed and left in the short time we had our backs turned talking to Ross or Heyward (he’s on other side of clubhouse). Speaks very little English and no translator was around anyway, so it would have been a difficult interview anyway. I certainly would have liked to get his quotes on the night the guy gets the walk-off hit.

John in Wichita

August 18th, 2012
10:55 am

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I probably would puke, too… for Skip to be commenting on Uggla right now would be a miracle.

Thanks for the late night work, Dave.

SpideyMatt

August 18th, 2012
10:58 am

No worries, DOB. The way this team is playing, you’d have to interview the whole clubhouse to get quotes from all of the contributors. Great problem to have if you ask me.

GO BRAVES!!!

eskippy

August 18th, 2012
11:06 am

SEVEN AND TWO

ChipperisGod

August 18th, 2012
11:11 am

Fredi did a nice job picking Juan over Hinske. Great move, even if Juan hadn’t gotten the job done. I have a lot more faith in Juan than Eric right now, even though I love Hinske for sentimental reasons (2010 NLDS).

I still didn’t like the way he handled Tommy and thought he should have been pulled after the fifth, and the sixth at the latest. Bad move to run him out there again in the seventh, IMO. He was starting to get tagged.

Fredi handled the bullpen well, and overall, has done a much better job of managing games this year. I am starting to eat my words a bit on FG. He’s proving that he’s learning and adjusting far better than he was last season.

Still, what a win by the team. Great efforts by our back ups in Ross, Janish and Juan. Clutch J-Hey, super shot by Chip. Loved it. GO BRAVES! I think we have a great chance tonight to take this series! We hit Harang pretty well, and I’m looking for Sheets to rebound big time.

BravesFanInBama

August 18th, 2012
11:43 am

Thanks DOB! I was just curious.

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Largo

August 18th, 2012
12:01 pm

Janish is a great defender, perhaps the best backup SS in the league.

ZA

August 18th, 2012
12:45 pm

A different hero every night.

John Lenin

August 18th, 2012
1:06 pm

Nephew, I promise you that more than 7% are anti-Fredis, buddy. And to all others who say fans have no reason to be concerned when Braves are winning…it must be nice wearing the rose-colored glasses drinking the koolaid pouring out of the rainbow fountain by the unicorn.

Yes, we enjoy the Braves winning. Yes, we root for them and want the best team and manager that we can get….SO YES, we have a reason for concern when we see things we don’t agree with.

Don’t discount or confuse concern with malice or malcontent.

PaulG…REALLY??? Bringing up OBamanation as an example. Pal, I hope you’re happy with that guy you voted for. Hell, in 4 more years I’ll ask you again then if you’re happy with the way things are looking.

BUGGSY

August 18th, 2012
1:18 pm

I think JANI may be better than SIMMY…………..alil more work with WALKER and he could be another Prodo type player but a better defender..GO BRAVES

Brandon

August 18th, 2012
1:59 pm

BUGGSY – i think simmons has better range and a better arm. However, they are 2 of the best defensive shortstops in baseball. They hardly ever miss what they can get to

Ken Stallings

August 18th, 2012
2:13 pm

There are only four teams in MLB with 70 plus wins. Three are in the National League and the Braves and Nats are two of them. Very impressive win last night. With it, the Braves are putting some distance between themselves and the other teams chasing for the wild card. The Pirates are four games behind and have the second wild card. It is the same distance the Braves have to chase the Nats for the NL East.

Lobosolo

August 18th, 2012
2:26 pm

PaulG, you’re right on it… The 20/20 armchairs, in their “concern” over how Fredi is managing “their” team, will be crying even if the Bravos win the Series (which they have a great chance of doing), no doubt claiming that they did it in spite of Fredi… If they don’t make it (real good chance there, too), they will trot out more of their impeccable baseball acumen and disparagement while sipping on their own effervescent koolaid (the t.e.a.b.a.g.g.i.n.g kind) and regaling us with their expertise in the way that only blubbering petulantes can… Their baseball credentials are irreproachable, you know…

John Lenin

August 18th, 2012
2:38 pm

Solo, you puke more than a newborn. At least they’re cute. You must have a very tiny shortcoming and try to make up for it by using big words. You and nephew sure know how to revel in your joy, huh?

Amber Girl

August 18th, 2012
2:39 pm

Hi Mr Brandon Roadrunner rocks

Brandon

August 18th, 2012
2:59 pm

yes he does Amber Girl !!! I definitely think he can hold down third base next season

TP

August 18th, 2012
3:08 pm

Fist bump to PaulG and Lobosolo ;-)

Johnny Boy

August 18th, 2012
3:19 pm

Hey Amber Girl, gonna be any yikkety tonite? GO BRAVES!!!

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Amber Girl

August 18th, 2012
4:13 pm

FOR WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: FREDDY FREEMAN GO YICKKETY

Amber Girl

August 18th, 2012
4:17 pm

@Mr. Johnny Boy. School sucks. Braves Rock

Ralph

August 18th, 2012
4:37 pm

I would certainly hate to lose Yanish this post season but don’t you know that Wren’s phone is going to be ringing off the hook. I am sure there will be many teams looking in our direction and offering up some good stuff to fill their SS needs this winter.

the truth...

August 18th, 2012
5:04 pm

I’m sure FW has already made plans to hang onto Janish for 2013…..it’s a no brainer I’m certain for the club as much as for us dumb blogsters….

74bravesjersey

August 18th, 2012
5:29 pm

Hey DOB; Great job; Awesome! It would be pretty cool to hear short quote or 2 from Big “Juan”, he deserves some pub, think could get prado to translate for’em?

eskippy

August 18th, 2012
5:42 pm

“Big Juan” says ” Who don’t want the skin off they chicken?”

PaulG

August 18th, 2012
5:55 pm

Enter your comments here
Lenin….learn how to read…the % applies to the last 2 posts….when they lose it rises to 40 % at least

74bravesjersey

August 18th, 2012
7:05 pm

“Big Juan” say, if he play tonight, he put some mammo sauce on they chicken!

Lobosolo

August 18th, 2012
7:10 pm

Leninsky, you can look over my shortcomings and just dream… Love your puke comments…. part of the ebullient ramblings only you can so well bring…

74bravesjersey

August 18th, 2012
7:10 pm

@Ralph; I wouldn’t mind see’n yanish(silent “J”) play 2nd base a time or two when Simmons comes back, then it would cut back on our uggs k’s for a while especially in key situations.

David O'Brien

August 18th, 2012
7:18 pm

74bravesjersey

August 18th, 2012
7:18 pm

You know what? I don’t care if Big Juan rambles on in spanish DOB, just give him some love & cipher the besgt you can, ’cause he gotta be real happy he a hero! Hope the team gives him a ’round of hugs for that ‘fabuloso hit last night. He kept his head down on it through the zone. Some props to “Walk” & Fletch for mak’n this young man into a discipline hitter. Too bad Reds, ya’ll couldn’t get anybody to speak a “Big Juan” language to teach ‘em discipline. We thank ya.

74bravesjersey

August 18th, 2012
7:20 pm

Dang it! “besgt” finger slippage again, meant to say best. Sheeesh!

David O'Brien

August 18th, 2012
7:42 pm

3 homers in span of 4 pitches off Sheets. Wow. Yikes.

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