Braves postgame quotes after loss to Nats

DAN UGGLA

On the final play:

“I was going over pretty much every situation that might or could happen. I was like ‘if he hits a ball to my left’ or hits a ball hard right at me, I can just tag Kurt and touch first and we can be out of it. He hit me a tough groundball that I had to drop to my knees to catch and I didn’t exactly know where Kurt was. Once I got up and I just tried to throw the ball home, I couldn’t get the thing out of my glove.”

On if surprised Espinosa took off from third:

“I figured any ground ball anywhere they’re going to take a chance and he’s going to make us make a play on him. He’s got good speed and that’s what he did. Got a good jump and I couldn’t get it out of my glove.”

On if had to do it over would he have gone home with the ball:

“If I had to do over, I’d have jumped up and found Kurt and tagged him and ran and touched first.”

On a game like this:

“It (stinks) any time you lose a game, especially one where you’ve played 13 innings and we battled back and we were playing good baseball tonight. Like Huddy said, we made some pitches when we needed to all throughout the ballgame to keep it tied. We had a couple opportunities to score but they made some pitches too. It (stinks) to lose a game like that but Espy did a great job going first to third on that chopper. Kurt did a great job of putting that ball in play. They did what they needed to do.”

TIM HUDSON

On the team battling back:

“We fought the whole game, didn’t have enough right there in the end. They had some crazy plays that got them in position to score and there’s really nothing you can say. They beat us, we’ve got to put it behind us and come out tomorrow and try to win tomorrow’s game.”

On first inning struggles against Nats this season:

“It was a little fluky I think. They get some crazy hits, then it’s a combination of me not making some pitches and then a little bit of luck on their end. It’s a situation that I’m not quite making good enough pitches in some situations. I’m getting ahead of some guys and then giving them something to hit. Not making good pitches on first pitch to certain guys with some guys in scoring position. I’m not saying they’re lucky by any means, but sometimes when you’re good, you have some things go your way. I’ve just got to make better pitches in those situations too.”

On his wrist where he got hit:

“It’s good. Just hit me a little bit. It’s fine. Doesn’t bother me at all.”

On the one pitch to Desmond:

“First pitch slider didn’t really do a whole lot. I hung it. I figured he was going to be aggressive. Base open right there I’ve got to make a much better pitch right there. It’s a horrible pitch. And it cost us some runs.”

On the bullpen holding it right there:

“We played a great game all night. We pitched well. We made some big pitches when we needed to. They had some scoring opportunities with guys on third base and less than two outs. We came up big. Guys stepped up tonight. The offense picked me up. Any time you give up a four-spot in the first inning that’s never a good sign for your team but they were able to come back and tie it for us. Our pitching did its job. Cristhian did a great job. That last inning was Little League-esque. With the kind of choppers and the hits and it’s just, they’ve won a lot of those kinds of games this year. They’ve had a lot of walk-offs in that style.”

BRIAN MCCANN

On the game:

“Suzuki’s ball right there was kind of the game. when he bounced it off the plate. I felt luck was on their side right there. But we played hard. The relievers came in and pitched great. Huddy battled after that first inning. The encouraging sign is we came back like we’ve done all season long and tied it up and late right there we just couldn’t find that one hit to win. We had a couple opportunities. I had an opportunity off of Burnett and came up short, but all in all I thought we played a great game.”

On fluky plays:

“It’s frustrating any time you lose. We played hard. We battled back and just came up short tonight.”

On if expecting Uggla to come home:

“If he picked it clean. That’s a tough play. He made an unbelievable play diving to his left and then obviously he bobbled it there at the end. To even stop it, that was a bullet off the bat. It’s a do or die play that he’s got to throw it as quick as he can and that’s just what happened. It would have been a bang-bang play. He had to hurry up because Espinosa was coming off the bat and I thought he made a great play.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On the game:

“We kept battling, we kept battling. We had some chances, couldn’t get the runs across. I thought that inning that Prado lead off with a double and Heyward hits a rocket to the second baseman you feel like we can score a run and we didn’t. They score a run there in the 13th, ball never left the infield. Good breaks on their part, tough breaks on ours. Our guys pitched well. Huddy pitched terrific after that first inning. He really did and gave us every opportunity to win today’s ballgame. Guys in the bullpen did the same thing.”

On how he saw final play unfold:

“You’ve got the infield in – I haven’t spoken to him – he’s got the play at the plate. You can’t go anywhere else but the play at the plate and he bobbled it. He’s later on thinking ‘If we turn this, the inning is over.’ I don’t know if Tracy was running by the guy at first base never moved. Then the ball just got away from him. We can’t take a chance of turning a double play there and not turning it and the game’s over. So we’ve got to play the infield in, but the ball was hit hard, and I think a little bit to his left. I was blocked out by Cristhian. It’s a tough play. They’re going on contact and they scored the run.”

On bad breaks going against Braves:

“When you’re playing good baseball and you’re winning ball games that’s the way you win ballgames. Five, six days ago, I watched the Houston play (vs Nats) in extra innings on a bunt and Houston threw it all around the bases and they ended up winning the game that way – Washington did. They put the ball in play and they make things happen. That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

On how to keep it from getting bigger than one loss, mentally:

“I’m proud of the club. They came out and they battled for 13 innings and I think that the we’ve played some tough ballgames against a very good team and we know we can hang in there. We just need one of those, chopper over the bag or ball over the pitcher’s mound – we need a couple of those and win a ballgame.”

On the bullpen after tonight:

“We’ve got to evaluate. Maybe we’ll bring a couple of those starters, maybe Sheets and Hanson could go in the bullpen tomorrow and give us some depth. I think we’re good. The only one we probably won’t use would be Cristhian. That’s three days in row with him and with multiple innings today and a lot of pitches. We’ll check on Avilan tomorrow but I think everybody else should be OK. And if we bring those two starters, pull them back and put them in the bullpen in case of emergency, we should be OK. With Paul (Maholm) going tomorrow and Medlen going the next day, you feel like you can get some innings there.”

On Avilan showing him something tonight:

“I tell you what, for a young man who had not pitched higher than Double-A and in this situation and pitching late in the game, he did great. He did fantastic. He just keeps impressing me every time we run him out there.”

DANNY ESPINOSA, compliments of Nats beat writer Amanda Comak

On if surprised Uggla didn’t go home there:

“Kind of. I was going on contact so it wasn’t…I saw him dive and I thought I was going to have a pretty good shot. It was going to be a tough play for him to get up and try to throw me out. But I thought I had a good chance once I saw him dive. I thought I could beat it.”

On if as a second baseman yourself if he empathizes with Uggla there:

“Yeah, I do because when you’re playing infield in like that and it’s a hot shot and you maybe don’t field it cleanly or whatever then you’re immediately thinking the ball got to you so quick you might have a chance for a double play. I’m sure that’s what he thought. But that’s a tough play. He hits the ball hard. He dives, makes a good play to keep the ball in the infield.”

On if he could see Uggla when he freezes or are you head down running for home:

“Yeah, I just put my head down. Once I saw the ball was hit, like I said I was on contact.”

On the play that set that up was you going first to third:

“Yeah. I saw everyone kind of break for the ball and once I saw everybody break I hit second and I saw that there was no one at third and I just kept going.”

151 comments Add your comment

Darryl Blackberry

August 21st, 2012
1:50 am

The ball will find you. It always does.

Live and learn and go get ‘em on Tuesday. Go Braves!

JC Boscan III

August 21st, 2012
1:57 am

A truly POOR ending to a game the Braves had numerous opportunities to win, if ANYONE could have gotten a clutch hit. That game is a microcosm of the Braves team —- their “best” starter spots the Nats 4 runs, the Braves fight back, then fail numerous times until they find a way to lose…… Good enough to come back, but not good enough to win a MUST-HAVE game if they wanted to have a chance of catching the Nats. The wild-card 1-game play-in is looking like the best we can hope for, barring an unlikely collapse by the Nats. Then, what are the chances of this team winning a 1-game playoff…..!?! Nobody knows…….

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 21st, 2012
1:59 am

How many more days, weeks, months, or years is it going to take for Wren to finally realize that Fredi Gonzalez, Carlos Tosca, Roger McDowell, and Dan Uggla are complete busts? Are we seriously ready to allow this young team’s talent go to waste in the coming years?

bravos10

August 21st, 2012
2:01 am

Uggla…. WOW anyone want to buy my bobble head from last season of MR 210??? If you cant hit your D better pick up the slack or even the southern friendly Braves fans will be all over you. Again I will take $2.10 for the Uggla bobble head

lee maye

August 21st, 2012
2:09 am

You may have to pay someone 2.10 to take it off your hands. It’s like Lowe. We had to pay Clev to take the guy. 3 more years of Wren’s big mistake. Costly mistake.

NorCal Brave

August 21st, 2012
2:18 am

I agree, the pitching has been outstanding. Fluky hits, fly balls lost in the sun, that stuff happens. Can one of our hitters step up once and admit the run production, especially with RISP, is shameful. Would be refreshing to hear somebody take responsibility and say “you know what? we’re just not getting it done.”

Chop Chop

August 21st, 2012
2:18 am

You always throw home in that situation. Always.

BF54

August 21st, 2012
2:29 am

That might be what Uggla needed to wake him up

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 21st, 2012
2:33 am

“Would be refreshing to hear somebody take responsibility and say ‘you know what? we’re just not getting it done.’”

That would be refreshing, but what would be even more refreshing is if these beat writers would start grilling players like Dan Uggla and McCann for not producing at the level they’re being paid to produce at. Or maybe they could question the decisions of the front office? Or perhaps question the manager’s moves on and off the field? You know, like, “Why are continuing to be so stubborn when it comes to sitting Dan Uggla? Are you not watching his at-bats? Are you even watching these games at all?” I don’t know, that would also be refreshing. These clowns are here to stay until the media and us fans run them out of town.

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 21st, 2012
2:38 am

“These clowns are here to stay until the media and us fans run them out of town.”

Management and Uggla, I mean.

Charlie Brown

August 21st, 2012
2:50 am

Blah. Blah, blah
Many chances to win. Found ways to lose. Losers always do.
Epic choke last year-keep the team together and choke up critical games the next year. What a surprise.

Rowland Office

August 21st, 2012
2:54 am

Improbable double play ball hit right at Dan Zero and he freezes and drops the ball. Ought to investigate Uggla to see if he’s augmenting his salary by throwing games. He can’t suck this badly every night, can he?

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 21st, 2012
3:01 am

“He can’t suck this badly every night, can he?”

He’s never been a good ballplayer, only a decent power hitter… nothing more. Problem is, he can’t make contact now, so his power is useless.

fansince54

August 21st, 2012
3:06 am

SEND UGGLA DOWN NOW !!!!!!!

Bobby's Cox

August 21st, 2012
3:11 am

Uggla’s actions speak louder than his words. He looked lost on that play. Carroll even tweeted he froze. Have to go home buddy. Still waiting on Uggla to carry this team. It’s almost September

Reality

August 21st, 2012
3:11 am

When the Braves look up at their 6 game hole tomorrow they will know it is richly deserved.

Ed Cicotte

August 21st, 2012
3:16 am

Don’t kid a kidder. The ball hit to Uggla was a miracle escape. He couldn’t believe it, so what does he do? He just drops it and lets the winning run score. Hope it was a bigger payoff than me and the boys got.

beno dawg

August 21st, 2012
4:01 am

the owners start caring when we stop watching……

ButterMilk Tuesdays

August 21st, 2012
4:07 am

One would think it would be the other way around.

Oddibe McDowell

August 21st, 2012
4:28 am

All our meathead second baseman did was remind me of Brooks Conrad, and now I’m even more pissed off.

Fredo

August 21st, 2012
4:35 am

“Espy did a great job going first to third”
they call that play a “hit and run” Uggla, I’m sure you’ve seen the other team do it before. Maybe one day your team will do it instead of playing station to station baseball where it takes 3 hits to score 1 run!

“we battled back and we were playing good baseball tonight”
“We fought the whole game”
“We played hard. We battled back”
it’s sad, you play so hard but still lose. That just proves the Nats are the better team (I mean duh! right?)

Bobby's Cox

August 21st, 2012
5:47 am

How many times have we hit & run this year? Seems like every time I blog on here I’m pleading for us to do it. It’s outside of Freddie’s realm of knowledge I guess. Teams like the Nats get ‘lucky’ because they’re quicker on the base paths and put the ball in play. Meanwhile, we get guys on then try to hit the long ball & end up stranding runners. We do a good job getting guys on, we need to learn to move the runners and stop trying to hit the ball so dang hard.

Biff Pocoroba

August 21st, 2012
5:59 am

Frank Wren should be fined everytime Uggla strikes out with men in scoring position or makes an error. A horrible free agent signing that he made just beacause he played in Florida.

NickGranite

August 21st, 2012
6:14 am

Cox, Freeman on pace for 117 ks (though improved from earlier in the year) Michael Bourne on pace for 158 ks, Jason Heyward 163 ks, Uggla 182 Ks. Outside Chipper and Prado; who do you hit and run with?

Jasons Shrinking Waist

August 21st, 2012
6:22 am

Choke time part deux

BRAVESFAN

August 21st, 2012
6:29 am

Good battle by the Braves. Fans, it might help by letting out your frustrations on Nats websites or blogs. See you there and go Braves!

chip 2012 as mvp

August 21st, 2012
6:43 am

Enter your comments here

Chop-It-Up All-Star

August 21st, 2012
6:53 am

Could be rose-colored glasses here, and I’m without question a Braves homer, but I think last night’s loss maybe the best thing to happen to this team. Something tells me the rest of this series won’t even be close and they will when the next two going away.

That said, the Nationals are good and are for real.

shorty

August 21st, 2012
6:54 am

First question why did Fredi the Fail put Martinez back on the mound after saying he was only going to use him one inning…second question where are the random test on Werth,Harper and Strasberg they are act like they re on the Juice!

NickGranite

August 21st, 2012
7:08 am

Bobbyscox, Fredi deals with the cards he’s dealt as far as hit and run is concerned. He has too many strikeouts in his line-up. Bourne on pace for 158 Ks, Heyward 163 Ks, Uggla 182 Ks. Even Freeman who has improved his walk to strikeout ratio from earlier this year is on pace for 117 strikeouts. You’ve got the old man and Prado you can trust to put bat on ball most of the time. I hope Wren and Fredi consider this next year when they go about replacing Chipper’s spot in the line-up.

clyflw7

August 21st, 2012
7:17 am

Brian needs to go see Dr Callahan at uab clinic. He nees his eyes cared for. He blinks all the time at the plate.

Tina

August 21st, 2012
7:19 am

Great comments from losers like Freddi and Uggla. This team makes wildcard only to lose that game. We have the worst starters for quality starts and no D.O.B 6 innings 3 runs is not a quality start. Also are 6th 7th and 8th place hitters are the worst in baseball. are bench is sad and Freddi is the worst manager the Braves ever had. Do we ever hit and run.every once in awhile on full count like McCann going with everyone knowing Hinski was going to K he send him. After this road trip we can forget about the Nats and hope the hell we can hold on for wildcard. When we go back to 5man rotation Sheets will be out because his magic has wore off.Are two 10mil players cant clutch hit plus Uggla is the worst 2nd baseman in baseball and McCan is a DH and not a catcher oh maybe not DH guys hit.

Bill M.

August 21st, 2012
7:42 am

I’ll say it again, Uggla has to go. Bench him and put Prado at second and Johnson in LF. The Braves have no one to blame but themselves for not winning this game.There are 3 players that needs to be traded this off seanson, Uggla, McCann & Hanson. Braves need a #1 starter. I know McCann got hits tonight but he is not worth the amount that he is projected to get. Get rid of these players so they can sign Bourn.

Shimmy-Coco Puff

August 21st, 2012
7:46 am

Headlines should read : “The Nats & Dan Uggla beat the Braves 5-4″

Mendoza Line

August 21st, 2012
7:47 am

ANOTHER FREDDI LOSS

Chalk this one up to another Fredi loss — due to bad bullpen management.

Woe be it to Fredi apparently to use one of his better relievers for more than one inning — in such a critical game.

Or to use Martinez for two innings, while Kimbrel languishes in the bullpen.

Come on Frank, give us a truly competent manager!

Give us a legitimate shot at the playoffs. Send Fredi packing!

jt

August 21st, 2012
7:47 am

We gotta admit (Wren, Shurholtz, and Uggla himself) that this clown, and that is what he has turned into, has got to go!
We bring up a SS and he has made one error since he came from minors, this PopEye looking SOB, makes a worse than Rookie mistake that cost us 2 games in the standings, One we would have been closer and one that put us another game down.

Please get rid of Uggla, what a joke he is, almost as bad as the idiot that signed him to such a horrible contract.

Shimmy-Coco Puff

August 21st, 2012
7:48 am

I’ve said the same thing forever about McCann’s eyes. He squints the whole time he’s in the batters box. I know what I’m seeing. The lame announcers never even mention it.

Shimmy-Coco Puff

August 21st, 2012
7:50 am

Fire Fredi and make Chipper player/manager.

A True Fan

August 21st, 2012
7:54 am

You fair weather fans amaze me. It doesn’t matter that the Braves have the 5th best record in all of baseball. It doesn’t matter that they won 8 straight series before the Dodgers series. All that matters is that they aren’t 162-0 so everybody has to complain. You keep hearing the Braves players talk about how important it is to have your fans behind you. I’m starting to see that they’re basically calling us out on it, and with good reason.

jt

August 21st, 2012
7:55 am

If you watch the replay of Uggla’s stupid play, he has no clue where to go with the ball, if that is not the most embarrassing thing I have ever seen, it ranks right up there with the worse.

This idiot must have been thinking of what he was going to do with his next huge paycheck, he rips off the Braves for every 2 weeks.
Go look at the replay and you will agree, this guy’s baseball skills suck so bad, it give 2nd basemen a bad name to say he is one. Holly Shyte!!!!!

jt

August 21st, 2012
7:57 am

“A True Fan” but not very knowledgeable!!

yellowfever

August 21st, 2012
7:57 am

Excuses,Excuses,Excuses. Looks like the boys are getting their excuses on for choking down the stretch again.

Ralph

August 21st, 2012
7:58 am

We kept battling and battling, if we keep battling the way they battled last night we’ll be battling to get that one game playoff. BATTLE BATTLE BATTLE!

A True Fan

August 21st, 2012
7:58 am

What did I say that’s not knowledgeable? I stated two facts

Whiskey Breath

August 21st, 2012
8:01 am

I normally don’t comment on these times. But is looks like my Braves are going to repeat the last several years and choke at the end. Please prove me wrong, you worked too hard.

Whiskey Breath

August 21st, 2012
8:03 am

D, A., you can’t blame the fans because the team loses. That is some kind of B.S. the media started.
They are professionals, they are paid to win. Don’t blame us.

rfgh

August 21st, 2012
8:04 am

Put the best players on the field! Nevermind their contracts. Now is the time to win games and to hell with egos. Sit McCann and Uggla. Johnson in left, Prado at 2nd, Ross catching. Sick of seeing Uggla pop up or strike out and McCann hitting roller to the left. They are killing the team’s chances.

Ralph

August 21st, 2012
8:07 am

I hope Uggly gets on a little hot streak at the end of the season so maybe someone will take him off our hands. Don’t pick up the option on the squinter. If we’re going to lose lets do it at a reduced price.

The ATLER

August 21st, 2012
8:07 am

That’s the whole story of the Braves. This is what they do. No one wants to step up in a critical situation. Just a sad ending. Now I can’t even watch Sports Center now.

DawgNation2010

August 21st, 2012
8:09 am

You people should be sad to call your selves Braves fans. The Uggla play was one human error. If the Braves did not go 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position we would have won the game in 9 innings. Good luck in tonight’s game. Go Braves

Charlie

August 21st, 2012
8:09 am

WORTHLESS DAN UGGLA takes his worst offense in the league (per dollar) to the field. The guy is the ultimate CHOKE JOB ball player. Completely, a bonified loser, time and time again. Watching WORTHLESS DAN juggle the game away was a classic choke. The Braves are the ultimate losers. They gave WORTHLESS DAN the BIG BUCKS, and the extension, and now the Braves are stuck with both. Great dcision, by Wren, but then he hired Fredi too. The daily double of losers.

Ralph

August 21st, 2012
8:10 am

rfgh——ahmen!

Kyle

August 21st, 2012
8:17 am

Watching this team is like reading the same book every year. You know the ending to well and the closer you get to September you know you are at the end of the book. Once they get back from this road trip they will even be out of the Wild Card race but it will be football season by then and it really won’t matter anyway.

urban redneck

August 21st, 2012
8:20 am

somebody was busy pissin in folks’ corn flakes this morning. this team is better than last year’s. go bravos.

DawgNation2010

August 21st, 2012
8:27 am

Most of the people here are not true fans. This is one game people. We still have two more to go against the Nats and there are like 35 more games after this. It was not like last game was due or die if we go to the playoffs or not.

Amber Girl

August 21st, 2012
8:30 am

nats are not good. They get all calls and they are lucky,lucky,lucky

Manager Sucks

August 21st, 2012
8:30 am

I knew they were going to lose when prado had a lead off double and the dumb manager played for the big inning and not manufacturing that run across. One of Fredi’s many mistakes as manager.

Amber Girl

August 21st, 2012
8:34 am

Send Nats to Vegas. They would break bank. Bye everyone off to school. Go Braves

alex

August 21st, 2012
8:37 am

Prado to second, anybody to left, end of story.. Bite the bullet and release Uggla, times wasting and the cream will rise to the top in september.

Jared

August 21st, 2012
8:37 am

Can someone explain why we aren’t bunting after Prado’s lead off double in extras. Yeah Heyward has been hot lately, but you’d have a runner at third with Chipper at bat (highest avg and slugging pct). Even if you walk Chipper to set up the double play, the pressure is on the Nats defense. And with Uggla… I’d rather have Hudson up to bat than Uggla… And I like Uggla, but since he’s been with the Braves, he’s been worthless.

?

August 21st, 2012
8:41 am

BRAVES WILL LOSE ALL THE GAMES AGAINST THE NATS. GUARANTEED.

Pippa's hiney

August 21st, 2012
8:45 am

This is a rough crowd.

ATL Guy

August 21st, 2012
8:46 am

Is it me … or when we had the lead-off double by Prado in the 11th Inning, I was yelling at the TV for Heyward to bunt him to 3rd base and accept 1 out. Fly-ball scores the run! I don’t get it!? Glad I’m not alone in this …

chris

August 21st, 2012
8:47 am

Wildcard here we come………………..at least lets hope

Shimmy-Coco Puff

August 21st, 2012
8:48 am

Definitely will be losing today. Strasburg’s gonna carve em up like hot butter. I predict no hitter thru 7 with 12 k’s.

Obama Supporter

August 21st, 2012
8:48 am

This was all George Bush’s fault.

daSarge

August 21st, 2012
8:49 am

The season is lost. It’s over. 6 games back and will probably lose tonight and or tomorrow and leave town 7 or 8 games back. Forget catching the Nats, they simply are BETTER than the Braves and will win the division. The problem now is the fact that these loser Braves will not qualify for either wild card spot. Write it down, the season was lost as soon as strUGGLA froze and ate the ball and allowed the winning run to score.

bravesgrl4life

August 21st, 2012
8:52 am

If Uggla doesn’t sit tonight, then I hope he comes out and hits multiple homers and carries the game on his back.

bravesgrl4life

August 21st, 2012
8:53 am

Oh, and we can beat Stras tonight. We’ve handled him pretty well this season. It’s their other pitchers we can’t beat.

Ekim

August 21st, 2012
8:54 am

“That’s the whole story of the Braves. This is what they do. No one wants to step up in a critical situation. Just a sad ending. Now I can’t even watch Sports Center now.”

Awwww, cry me a river.

ugafan13

August 21st, 2012
8:54 am

Put Prado @ 2nd and Reed Johnson in left. Bench Uggla and let him pinch hit. Can’t do any worse than leaving Uggla in the line up. We better figure out something as we can’t beat the upper echelon teams with what we trot out on the field. Every remaining game matters…Fredi better get a clue!

Brave Hokie

August 21st, 2012
8:54 am

Uggla:

Looks like Tarzan, swings like Jane, fields like Brooks Conrad

Brave Hokie

August 21st, 2012
8:57 am

Thanks for nothing you heartless crew of losers…

I see the end of Chipper’s career by losing a one-game Wild Card playoff in Turner field.

& as we all know that isn’t guaranteed.

Braves Fan

August 21st, 2012
9:03 am

If it werent for the last couple of months of 2011, Ugs would be a certified bust. Granted, he hit a ton of homers last year, but he’s batting what about 225 with an ops of about .740 as a Brave….Plus, he’s average at best in the field.

I hope he heats up fast…We need something out of him down the stretch.

macdwolfpack

August 21st, 2012
9:10 am

You cannot win against the better ball clubs if you have 3 people in your lineup hitting .230 or less. When you have a McCann, Uggla, and Janish all in the lineup you don’t have a championship caliber ball club. It is no mystery that the Braves have lost to Los Angeles and now the Nats, they don’t have the bats with this lineup to compete against the better pitching.
When you trot out McCann,Uggla,and Janish in your order and then throw in the pitcher batting you potentially are giving up 9-10 free outs to the opposition.
I think in the off season the Braves need to find a fix for their second base dilema and if McCann doesn’t have a great finish or spring they also need to think about catcher as well. If McCann can’t hit better than .230 then he isn’t of much more value than say a Ross and a championship caliber team cannot afford essentially what they have this year and that is two back up caliber catchers.

TPic

August 21st, 2012
9:23 am

Kimbrel pitched last Tuesday; one inning, 15 pitches. He threw another inning Friday night (12 pitches). So in a week, he was in two games for a total of 27 pitches. Yet in a 13 inning game decided by one run – he never made it to the mound. The best reliever on your team (league?), fully rested, critical game. If someone had bothered to ask I would be curious what Gonzalez’ explanation would be.And I thought Cox was an idiot at running a pitching staff.

henry tn

August 21st, 2012
9:23 am

play-off baseball braves left to many men on base…s++t happens

Billy Beaneater

August 21st, 2012
9:24 am

Mmmmn. I love wasted salaries with my Cornflakes. Kenishen, please pass the Sake to Dan. He needs it this morning. No Derek you have had enough.

Dan Ugglas bat

August 21st, 2012
9:24 am

Everyone calm down. We got a double last night and we seem to be seeing the ball much better lately. We are fixing to come out of this slump at the right time to help us down the stretch. It is going to be ok.

Dan Ugglas bat

August 21st, 2012
9:28 am

Gotta love a weeknight baseball game that lasts over four hours. Most of the fans go home and you can hear that one fan chant “Steroids” when Uggla was up. Him and McCann up with RISP is just pitiful. I have no confidence in them and they seem to have no confidence in themselves. Not only do they not get a clutch hit but the at bat itself is awful. Looks like they are guessing.

Luman Harris

August 21st, 2012
9:37 am

Blog posters after a loss = Worst fans ever
It’s almost like you take a perverse pleasure in ripping the players and management (anonymously, of course; you’d never do it in person)

PMC

August 21st, 2012
9:40 am

Wild Card HO. Another hollow white banner on the facade.

Thanks for the Career Chipper. At one time, we thought the team could be a dynasty, but 1995 even though it felt kind of bland coming off the strike and the greatness that was the worst to first transitional period of the early 90’s remains pretty special in retrospect. Looks like it will be the only glory we will get.

Fredi G

August 21st, 2012
9:42 am

1 Oct 2012 – Damm, I sure wish I had sat Uggla back in August and put Prado on 2nd base and Johnson in LF, dam I was soooo stupid, now we are out of the WC race, season over.

TPic

August 21st, 2012
9:44 am

I would love to rip Fredi Cox in person, But I refuse to buy a ticket to watch fundamentally poor play from a team managed by a person with little knowledge of the basic tenets of baseball strategy.

Ralph

August 21st, 2012
9:45 am

We need a baseball manager with some balls!

Ken Stallings

August 21st, 2012
9:47 am

The only clowns I would like to see the AJC run out of town are the small group of trolls who post here under numerous anonymous forum ID’s. A quick IP-based search and IP ban would take care of the situation, and frankly, after reading the same forum ID’s make the same stupid comments after last night’s loss, I submit the AJC is behind the situation and needs to sweep up the garbage around here!

DCHomerInATL

August 21st, 2012
9:47 am

Some of y’all should look at this from the other side. Nat’s fans like me watched this game knowing at any moment the Braves were going to win the game. Our baseball teams lose and leave town – have you heard of the Minnesota Twins and the Texas Rangers? We’re still in ‘too good to be true’ mode. Who else turns out so few fans for a key game against a division foe our team can actually beat? The Braves are really, really good. They’re playing below their level of talent; Washington is playing at or above its level. Both teams have a lot of young talent coming up. Let’s face it, this series is still there for the taking, which means first place is there for the taking. But are the Bravers takers or givers? We’ll know tonight. Go Nats!

panamajack

August 21st, 2012
9:49 am

Right Ralph, even one with no balls as long as her name wasn’t Fredrica.

ChillyMutt

August 21st, 2012
9:51 am

It’s like Brooks Conrad all over again.
A well deserved baseball mantra: “Defense up the middle. Defense up the middle. Defense up the middle.”

Morris Code

August 21st, 2012
9:52 am

It was Obama’s fault

DCHomerInATL

August 21st, 2012
9:53 am

Joey

August 21st, 2012
9:54 am

The same doofuses who demand to “get rid” of Uggla now, demanded that we “get rid” of Heyward last season.

MLB ain’t a sprint. It’s a marathon.

Pace youselves . . .

panamajack

August 21st, 2012
9:55 am

Uggla had a real hot streak last week, what do you expect for only $13 million.

DB

August 21st, 2012
9:56 am

DOB, please ask Fredi how a team with the best record in baseball could lose a WC play-in game? If they had the best record wouldn’t they have won their division? TIA.

Ralph

August 21st, 2012
9:59 am

MLB ain’t a sprint. It’s a marathon. – The lost that marathon last year when the ran out of gas at the finish and they are about to do the same this year.

Columbus

August 21st, 2012
9:59 am

All you whiners MAN up and stop sounding like a bunch of menopausal women! Braves played a great game ESPECIALLY after being down 4-1! Nats haD at LEAST as many chances and did not score a run for 12 innings! So shut your whining and get behind your team LITTLE GIRLS!

KYLE @8:17 You are ignorant and a crappy fan. When the Braves are in the playoffs, how bout you just watch football like you said. It really wont matter anyway RIGHT Kyle? Why dont you got root for the Royals or Cubs? Then you would APPRECIATE the PENNANT RACE YOUR TEAM IS IN!

rc35

August 21st, 2012
10:00 am

Baseball IS a marathon, but when you’ve been beaten 9 out of 13 times, you have just lost the marathon.

In the abstract, the Braves have played intermittently great baseball this year. Every time it’s “crunch time” and a key series comes up, we fold like origami. Winning the Wild Card under this new system means next to nothing…a 50% chance of having your season end in 9 innings… although the Braves can probably wait and lose it in 16 innings…probably 2-1 with Uggla going 0-for-7 with two walks.

semper fi braves fan

August 21st, 2012
10:01 am

A hot streak for uggla is 2 hits in a series.

Ralph

August 21st, 2012
10:03 am

Columbus
August 21st, 2012
9:59 am

Now there’s a true Braves Fan, they get beat and he’s happy about it.

bostonbravo

August 21st, 2012
10:06 am

at least Dan “Dr. Strangeglove” makes up for his fielding with his bat!!….no, wait….

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