Braves quotes after Saturday’s loss to Dodgers

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On the unusual game

“We had some opportunities almost the entire game, really, and we didn’t get anything from it. It’s a weird game. Four hits, four home runs and six runs [for the Dodgers], and we left 11 stranded. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that kind of boxscore, really.

“Sheetsy gave up those three runs early in the second inning, then he kind of settled in… Then all of a sudden after two outs he gives up another three-run homer. Other than that, and we didn’t score, what are you going to do? It was just a weird game.”

On the three-homer barrage off Sheets in second inning

“He’s going to throw strikes. He’s not going to shy away from the bat, and I think those pitches, he just left them over the plate a little bit. You get those pitches out of the boxscore, and the three-run homer in the sixth, and it’s a pretty good ballgame that he pitched. What’d he give up four hits? And they just happen to be three solo homers and a three-run homer.

“But again, we didn’t help him by getting some opportunities to score runs and not taking advantage.”

On Ross striking out with bases loaded in first inning

“That’s a tough pitch. It’s up in the zone, he checks his swing and the ball just happens to tip his bat, and the inning’s over. But we had some [other] opportunities, even there in the eighth inning, to score at least one or two more. And we didn’t do it.”

How do you evaluate this Sheets start?

“I’m always, the glass is half-full type guy. So you take away one or two of those at-bats and it’s a pretty good ballgame.”

**BEN SHEETS

On his biggest regret tonight

“The walks. The walks. Putting men on base. Them three home runs are pretty and they look good, and they are runs, but if I don’t walk them guys I feel like it’s 3-1 after six and we’ve got a chance to win it.”

On what was happening

“Man, I was just missing off the plate barely. Not that close, but I mean, just didn’t make a pitch. I went through a stretch where I just didn’t make a pitch right there.”

“The difference in a good game and a bad game is that last Hanley Ramirez at-bat. If it’s a good one you make a pitch and get out of it. A bad one he hits it into the seats.”

Those six batters – four homers, two walks – nobody else reached base

“Well, that’s a lot of baserunners. As long as I let my guys play. Walks, they can’t play behind you, and home runs, they can’t play behind you. If I give them a chance to make plays, they make a lot of great plays.”

Weird game?

“It wasn’t really weird. The solo homers, I can pitch around. They hit three tonight, you don’t see many people go back-to-back-to-back. So I can deal with those. But the two walks with two outs in the sixth inning … it pisses me off, to be nice about it.”

**DAVID ROSS

On the game and Sheets giving up four hits, all homers

“He was pretty good outside the home runs. A couple of pitches they put good swings on. He was pitching his game pretty good. We didn’t capitalize on some key points there in the first inning, that punch-out from me – we get a base hit there, or even a walk, it may be a different game with momentum going our way and Yonny [Janish] up.

“It was a weird game. We all thought we were going to win that game, then that three-run homer kind of hurt us a little bit.”

“We’re playing a good team. They’ve got a deep lineup. We’ve got to take advantage of opportunities when we get them, because they’re too good of a team to let those pass [without capitalizing].”

The 3 homers in 2nd inning were so quick, barely time to talk about them….

“Yeah, the one to Ramirez, just trying to go in and missed [in the] middle. The one to Loney we were trying to go way in and he just pulled it back over in a fastball count. And then that kid [Cruz] hit a first-pitch breaking ball, which is pretty impressive. When we made mistakes, they did a good job.”

Ever experienced anything like that?

“Back-to-back-to-back really quick like that was really, like, didn’t know what happened. I played in Cincinnati, the ball flies out there, maybe [it happened] a time or two. But that’s pretty quick. [Turner Field] is a big ballpark. Those guys took advantage [of mistakes]. You’ve got to tip your cap. Hanley Ramirez had a great game and did what he had to do to put them on his back, and we didn’t take advantage of some key opportunities.”

“We were in that game. I think Aaron Harang was just wild enough, he was throwing just as many balls as he had strikes right there at the end. He wasn’t on his game like he can be. I’ve played with Aaron [former Reds teammates], he’s a good pitcher. We didn’t take advantage today….

“We hit some balls hard at some guys. I felt like we were in that game right until that three-run homer, then we were going to have to battle and scrap and have some things go our way.”

37 comments Add your comment

BUGGSY

August 18th, 2012
11:28 pm

Sorry mr. Sheets your headed to the bullpen……..

BUGGSY

August 18th, 2012
11:30 pm

OH AND 1ST…..hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!WEEEEEEEEE feelin good baby!!

NorCal Brave

August 18th, 2012
11:31 pm

Just an all-around stinker of a game.

Tom

August 18th, 2012
11:33 pm

sheets doesn’t have a dead arm. this is a recording that is subject to change.

Brand-New

August 18th, 2012
11:35 pm

The game sucked tonight, but at least the Nat’s lost too!

BUGGSY

August 18th, 2012
11:45 pm

Oh and all the peeps that wants B-MAC to sit a few games….ROSS is no better, they both stinking up the place GEEZZZ!! we should have scored10 runs tonite…

Hmmmm

August 18th, 2012
11:57 pm

apparently the game was weird ……..

BF54

August 19th, 2012
12:28 am

I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought about the game and thought weird

double

August 19th, 2012
1:07 am

You buy salvage you get salvage,once in a great while you find something of value.No satin sheets here.

German Shepherd Dawg

August 19th, 2012
4:04 am

BUGGSY,

You’d better not stay up past your bedtime again…

German Shepherd Dawg

August 19th, 2012
4:08 am

Ben Sheets is still our fourth best starter after Medlen, Hudson, and Maholm.

A four-hitter is an excellent game. That all four left the yard was unfortunate.

I blame Bud Selig. He went in the broadcast booth, and LA went back-to-back-to-back. Chip and Joe asked him to leave after the second dinger, but he kept yakking.

Not a fan of Bud. I turned off the game.

Bravo Fan

August 19th, 2012
6:08 am

I guess no one but the man himself knows how to tell the truth on this team. Ben Sheets quote: “It didn’t feel like a dead arm. It felt more like a dead body.”

bobbymahlon

August 19th, 2012
8:24 am

Hinski has played so little lately he looks lost out there, still say he should be sent down and Ernesto Mejia brought up. Give it a try what can we lose he can’t do any worse than Hinski and he is a power right hand bat.

74bravesjersey

August 19th, 2012
9:01 am

Man O’ Man, so fired up yesterday, then it’s like you run into a brick wall w/ a game like that. Lucky the nats did lose, been nice to been 3 back, mabey someth’n can turn things around today, Go Bravos! get those bats heated up.
lose,

74bravesjersey

August 19th, 2012
9:06 am

Was gonna say lose’n happens, just don’t make it frequent. Still feel like we can get this machine roll’n again.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

August 19th, 2012
9:22 am

Lets man up. When rotation goes to five men, sheets is gone.

And heres Fredi…..” take away the FOUR homers and he pitched a good game!”

Absolutely clueless.

Ken Stallings

August 19th, 2012
9:33 am

The Dodgers have some damn good hitters and two of those solo homers were on quality pitches low and on the corners. Sheets was right to be more critical over the two walks that led to the three-run homer. Ramirez is on a hot streak and that’s the kind of hitter he is. I had an idea it wasn’t going to be the Braves’ night when Ross had that inside ball tip off his bat and get caught for an inning-ending third out vice a run-producing walk.

Sheets had good control for the most part but did not get away with much of anything.

It’s baseball, folks! Get ‘em today!

Amber Girl

August 19th, 2012
9:45 am

Good morning everyone, DUMB Amber is here. Braves didn’t play well, but we will win today. Go GoGo Braves!!!Lets rock and roll

henry tn

August 19th, 2012
9:49 am

minor will pr0bably give up 3or 4 today

Amber Girl

August 19th, 2012
9:58 am

Mr henry tn Hi Why don’t you have confidence in Minor? I really don’t think pitching is our problem. I think an inconsistent offense is. That is just my opinion, I am DUMB Amber. What do I know?

cmc

August 19th, 2012
10:13 am

I guess Hinske has played so little lately that some refer to him as Hinski. But that Medlin is on top of his game. Just a suggestion: your analysis will have more credibility if you spell correctly the players’ names on the team you are supposedly following.

bobbymahlon

August 19th, 2012
10:29 am

Sorry about the wrong spelling of Hinske”s name we all can’t be perfect.

henry tn

August 19th, 2012
10:35 am

Hinske and Wilson should be designated for assignment ain’t neither one no good….

Clayton

August 19th, 2012
10:53 am

So people on here are saying that when we go back to a five man rotation, you would rather have minor than sheets? Guys he pitched a great game. At one time he retired 11 in a row. He wasn’t getting getting those close calls like Maddox used to get (and no I’m not comparing sheets to Maddox, just using that as an example.) he is fine. Come next month I’m putting minor in the bullpen an going with Hudson, Maholom, Medlen, Sheets, Hanson. With that our bullpen will be even better with jj and minor back there with all of our other guys plus they will probably bring up Moylan as well. Can’t wait for September baseball.

Dawgdad (The Original)

August 19th, 2012
11:02 am

I will take Sheets over Hanson, any day of the week. At least he throws strikes and the game moves at other than a glacial pace. Not his best game, but they are never as bad as their worst game and never as good as their best.

Dawgdad (The Original)

August 19th, 2012
11:04 am

Funny that a blogger who misspelled Medlen, criticized another for misspelling Hinske!

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August 19th, 2012
11:09 am

IF MORON MINOR PITCHES TODAY THE BRAVES LOSE AGAIN. BEN SBHITS IS A HAS BEEN.

longtimefan

August 19th, 2012
11:11 am

Braves: fourth best record in baseball. Sixteen highest payroll. I’d say FG is doing a helleva job, If he’s not doing his job well, how about the 26 teams with worse records? Should they all be fired? Hate to bring logic into the Fredi discussion. And if you are going to place a majority of the blame for last years meltdown on him as manager, he deserves credit when the team is playing well. Can’t have it both ways.

God's Word says...

August 19th, 2012
11:14 am

@ Amber, I think its a crime when a person says out of their own mouth that they are “dumb.” No more cursing yourself, young lady.

@ Bugsy, Are you serious about McCann? He’s been an All-Star for how many years and the All-Star MVP just a few years ago. If you have never played any organized sports you don’t realize that people get injured and play through it. McCann must be in some real pain to be hitting 60 pts below his average.

Me thinks that some people just like to complain….or argue.

Ralph

August 19th, 2012
11:42 am

Can’t wait to read “Braves Quotes after Sundays Win”.

Ralph

August 19th, 2012
11:44 am

Oh, I just remembered Minor’s pitching today!

Amber Girl

August 19th, 2012
12:23 pm

Thank you Mr Gods Word But it is the truth. I am DUMB Amber

ChipperisGod

August 19th, 2012
12:40 pm

Sheets left too many pitches up and over the plate. At times he looked pretty shut down, but he got scared once he faced Kemp and once that happened, it was all over.

Offense wasn’t good tonight. Got some hits, but couldn’t do anything with RISP. Gotta get better there. Sheets was just not on his game for two innings, but even if he was, our offense couldn’t do much tonight in terms of run production.

Honestly, Sheets should have been pulled after five. Fredi made the same mistake he made with Hanson. Top of their order coming up, Janish is on second with two outs, get Francisco up there and see what he can do. Instead FG leaves Sheets in, and the game is lost from that point on. As I said, offense didn’t help, but it could have been a different game if Fredi pulls Sheets there as opposed to letting him flounder out there.

Hopefully we get them today and Minor rebounds.

BUGGSY

August 19th, 2012
12:45 pm

MY HEAD HURTS…….

74bravesjersey

August 19th, 2012
1:04 pm

Well, still 4 gms out right? Would’ve loved to had been 3 out, mabey today.

Ken Stallings

August 19th, 2012
1:24 pm

I had given Melky Cabrera credit for not trying to say he took some over-the-counter suppliment that caused his synthetic steroid positive test result and led to his 50-game ban. Well, looks like that credit was very premature! Turns out that Cabrera hatched a scheme to put up a fake website “selling” a phony product, and that Cabrera intended to use the “existence” of that fake product to bolster his defense!

If that sounds so bizzare that you think I’m making it all up, I don’t blame you, but it’s true! Here is a link to the story off ESPN’s website: http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/8282185/san-francisco-giants-melky-cabrera-launched-fake-website-ruse-report-says

Amber Girl

August 19th, 2012
5:22 pm

Hello everyone DUMB Amber is back

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