Braves postgame quotes after Wednesday win vs. Nats

KRIS MEDLEN

On the game:

“Obviously any time you are going to pitch a big league game, there’s a little bit of nerves and stuff but this was a huge game for us, losing the first couple. I didn’t think the other starters – Huddy and Maholm – had two bad innings between both of them. I think we pitched great, but this is one I was honestly pretty nervous about when I woke up this morning, knowing how tough of a lineup that is. Every hit they got was one I kind of messed up. They hit every single mistake that you make. I just tried to battle out of that bases-loaded jam too. That was huge for me. I’m pretty fired up about that, just because, like I said, they’ve got a tough lineup. There are really no breaks.”

On McDowell’s visit with bases loaded:

“He just wanted to make sure I had my wind. I tend to get a little excited and can’t hold still most of the time. But I felt composed and I felt good and knew we had the guys behind me to make the plays.”

On sawing off guys:

“My fastball location, I think. That’s been the key for me so far. Just try to go in and out with my pitches, just try to keep them guessing but while staying aggressive at the same time and understanding that percentage-wise they’re going to get out more than they’re going to get on. I’m just trying to attack the zone. I always give credit to Rossy and Mac. Rossy called an unbelievable game. From the getgo, I didn’t shake once and we were ready to go from the beginning.”

On if that a testament to confidence he has in entire arsenal:

“Yeah, obviously you throw a pitch and it gets hit and you question it. But as long as you throw it with conviction and make sure you want to throw that pitch. I just always put it in the back of my mind that they know what they’re doing. They see more things than I do. They’ve been in the game longer than I have also. So I’m going to learn how to pitch and they’re going to help me.”

On if biggest game of career so far:

“Yes and no. It’s a big game. We needed a win to avoid a sweep and stay in front in the wild card and obviously not try and fall too far behind them. But I guess you can call it the biggest game of my career, just because we needed a stop and I was up for the challenge. And I just tried to challenge the hitters and they did their thing.”

On how he controlled nerves:

“I don’t know. It’s a when-I’m-off-the-mound thing, I’m like ‘Oh god, oh god.’ Once I’m on the mound, I’m like ‘OK I can relax.’ I know what I’m doing. I know how to do my thing. It was a lot of fun, especially the best team in baseball to be able to kind of go through their lineup and make pitches when I needed to, it was a lot of fun. I’d love the opportunity again.”

On making Ross laugh after getting buzzed by broken bat:

“Yeah he asked me if I wanted him to check my pants just for the camera, and I was like ‘No, that’s all right. It’d be funny, but no I’m good.”

On the two of them staying loose:

“Yeah there’s no other way to play the game. When you get pretty uptight, I play loose. I love the game. I love playing the game….You’re going to be out of the game a lot longer than you’re going to be in it. I just try to take advantage of that and try to treasure all these memories that I have.”

On Prado’s hit:

“It was huge, then you had me at first base just hauling ass. I got pretty tired around third base. I was going on contact. A guy who doesn’t give up very many runs, you get some baserunners on and you get a huge hit like that. I just wanted to go back out and try to take advantage of that with my pitching and try to get the guys back in the dugout.”

On the walk turning out to be big:

“He throws these really easy 95 mph invisi-balls. I just couldn’t see it. I was sitting there taking. I really had no chance. But they preach that, pitching coaches, you don’t want to walk the pitcher, you don’t have lead-off walks, 2 out walks. That kind of stuff kills you. For us to to be able to get that kind of a break against a really tough pitcher like that it was a [great] for us. And it ended up really being the difference early on in the game

CHIPPER JONES

On the win:

“It was of the utmost importance. It wasn’t pretty but they finally made some mistakes and we capitalized, whether it was walking Medlen or the error there in the ninth. But the story of the game was Medlen. I said last night you’ve got to keep this team in the ballpark. A lot of their offense is predicated on the long ball. Med broke a lot of bats, kept them off-balance, threw the sinker in and out, got a good curveball and a good change-up and they really couldn’t do much with him. And when they did mount something he made a pitch or two to get out of it. Just a really good performance by him.”

On Medlen saying he was nervous but not showing it:

“He’s poised beyond his years. He’s one of those guys that is pretty quiet, but he always walks around like maybe he knows something you don’t. He’s got Doggie’s kind of presence out there on the mound. He’s not a big guy but he walks out there like ‘I know I can get you out.’ And he’s got a few different ways to do it. Man, what a great time for him to have a great start because we needed it bad.”

On Prado in the series:

“He and JHey swung the bats really well all series, probably the only two guys that really did. we had some opportunities early off Detwiler. We were just waiting for the right guy to come up in the right spot and tonight it was Prado.”

On salvaging a win:

“We’re still within shouting distance. We need to get back on track where we were a couple series ago where we just keep going out and winning series and just play more consistently. Obviously we’ve played two pretty good teams the last two series and haven’t swung the bats particularly well. We pitched OK. it’s going to be imperative we swing the bats better from here on out.”

On how much you can take from this game:

“If nothing else we get a chance to go whew, take a deep breath. A win like this kind of rejuvenates us. I think if we were heading out ot he left coast having lost five in a row, there’s always that little check in your spirit in the back of your mind that says…you keep putting pressure on yourself to go out and end it. And the frustration keeps building and this win allows us to take a deep breath and hopefully build some momentum going out west.”

On division vs. wild card from here:

“There’s nobody giving up in here. We still have our sights set on the division. I wouldn’t have it any other way. We’re not just going to concede it to them. they’ve gotten the best of us through this point of the season but we’re still a couple games back and a sweep later on in the season from getting right back into it. It’s been done before.”

On how much the pre-game ceremony meant to him:

“It meant a lot. It’s the first one where I actually started to get a little misty. To have two of my best friends in the game of baseball out there talking on the scoreboard and standing out there with me. I’m not ashamed to say I’m one of the many people who have a man crush on Ryan Zimmerman too, so to have those three guys standing out there. It meant a lot to me along with Mike Rizzo, probably the most extensive and most meaningful of all the tributes thus far.”

On a surprise to see your bat back from the first homer:

“Yeah I wasn’t expecting that at all. That was probably the nicest surprise. I knew the picture was coming because Rochy called me up a couple weeks ago and asked me….to get a picture with those guys meant a lot to me.”

MARTIN PRADO

On the game:

“That performance we got from Medlen was unbelievable. We got a chance to score a couple runs early in the game and from that point on we thought we had a pretty good chance. That was a big inning for us when we scored three.”

On his approach this series:

“Personally I felt pretty good at home plate. There were a couple pitches I miss. they were a little bit out of the zone, I shouldn’t have swung at those pitches, but it’s part of the game. I got a couple situations with men on base and I left a lot of men on base. But today I got an opportunity and I got two RBIs, good for my team. The most important thing we got the win.”

On if thought Harper had a chance to catch his double:

“It was hard to tell. He’s fast, he can cover a lot of ground. I think he came in a little bit and that extra step made him not get to the ball. I was trying to hit the ball hard somewhere.”

On the importance of getting the win:

“First of all we were trying to get our confidence back, win a couple games. We got a lot of situations to drive runs in and we couldn’t, so we got a couple series against San Francisco, (San Diego), Philly when we get home. We need to get our confidence back and a couple guys on the right track. I think we’re going to be good.”

DAVID ROSS

On asking Medlen if he would let you check his pants after the flying broken bat:

“Would that have not been hilarious? That would have been funny, but he wouldn’t let me.”

On your two personalities clicking, to joke in heat of moment:

“That’s what makes him good. He doesn’t take himself seriously. He doesn’t take this game too seriously. That’s why he’s good. He’s going to go out there and do the best he can. He doesn’t fear anybody. He doesn’t stress out about things. He goes out there and does the best he can and leaves it at that.”

On if he didn’t shake you off:

“I don’t think he did….He’s one of my favorite guys on the staff to catch because you feel like you can throw anything at any time. He’s going to try to execute that pitch to the best of his ability and he’s not going to overthink it. He thinks that thinking stuff up to us.”

On McDowell’s trip to mound with bases loaded:

“He started talking about getting LaRoche to roll over something soft, maybe. And Roger said it’s OK if you just get one out. You don’t have to get a double play. It’s great if you do but you’ve just got to get one out. Don’t think ahead. And that was good, Roger just slowed the game down and he just needed a breather too.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On Medlen:

“He’s been pretty good. He got himself out of that jam in the sixth inning and then had a terrific seventh. He’s been great. Nice to watch pitch and just keep running him out there.”

On no worries about getting him out of the sixth, or the seventh:

“We didn’t have anybody up in the sixth. We thought he was the guy to get us through that sixth inning. And he did, even though it was with the bases loaded and one out and LaRoche at the plate. He popped him up and got the next guy out. That’s how much confidence we’ve got in him that we didn’t have anybody up.”

On the defense from Tyler:

“Tyler made a great play for his first start in the big leagues at second base. I thought he did a terrific job. And I told him after the game, it was more for me, a comfort level, I haven’t seen him play second base. That’s why we made (a change) defensively, putting Prado there.”

On getting a win to finish:

“It was nice for us to get a little momentum heading to the west coast and get recharged and get the bats going.”

On six games sounding a lot better than eight games:

“There’s no question. And we’ve got three more games with them at home. And these guys have been playing great baseball. We’ve got to keep playing baseball like we have coming into these last two series. Hopefully this win will get us going in the right direction.”

On if would consider Prado in the leadoff spot vs. lefties:

“It’s something we could kick around. Bourny has done it for so long but today Bourn didn’t play.”

And just for fun, thanks to Amanda Comak….

DAVEY JOHNSON

On Medlen:

“Wasn’t Medlen a switch-hitting shortstop out of a junior college or something? That’s what Zimm told me during the ballgame. … Wish they’d have kept him as a shortstop. Looks like a pretty good hitter.”

RYAN ZIMMERMAN

On Medlen:

“I think everyone saw how good he was….Just back and forth with fastballs. He threw fastballs predominantly for the first four innings he just wasn’t missing over the plate and when you can locate the fastball, that’s the best pitch in baseball.

On if he gets overlooked:

“I don’t think he’s started that long and he’s coming back from Tommy John and things like that but we’ve faced him and he’s always had good stuff and he’s one of those typical Braves pitchers. He spots up really good and he mixes his pitches and he’s just a really good pitcher.”

56 comments Add your comment

Brandon

August 23rd, 2012
12:33 am

Venice Jim

August 23rd, 2012
12:37 am

Great job, Carroll!

lee maye

August 23rd, 2012
12:42 am

We may look back and say that Medlen was the reason we were able to hang onto the wildcard. Right now, he is our best starter. He should be in the rotation and go every 5th day.

The infield looked a little better with Prado and Pastor sharing 2B too. But, one can expect ole Fredi to put his buddy and friend, Danny back in there tomorrow night. .207 and going lower. We also need to bring up the speed guys: Durango and Contanza in early Sept. One of them would have scored on Freeman’ double if pitchrunning for Chipper. We need the speed.

Tyler(TN)

August 23rd, 2012
12:42 am

Amanda Comak? Elaborate…

Animus

August 23rd, 2012
12:51 am

Appreciate the quotes – guess you’re flying out in the morning then. Otherwise you’re going to have a really looooong night. :)

BravesFanInBama

August 23rd, 2012
12:52 am

I heart Medlen!

But seriously, this guy is our Ace. The confidence that this kid brings with him to the mound each night obviously brushes off on his teammates. Great game tonight boys. This is super mean…but it was nice not seeing Uggla strike out 4 times (only once…he never even came close to the ball…3 pitches…3 strikes…sad) or seeing Mac pop up 3 times.

Semper Fi Braves fan

August 23rd, 2012
12:52 am

I won’t go and say that Medlen is good as Maddux, but I did get the feeling I was watching a game from the 90’s. Seeing a pitcher hit his spots, field his position, and making them hit his pitch.

5 starts 4-0 0.83 ERA also makes you think of Mad Dog, but I am going to hold back anointing him anything other than our hottest pitcher (not named Kimbrel) right now. But to be honest, I can’t wait for his next outing.

Uggla and McCant sitting tonight is hopefully the start of a trend. Just seeing Uggla flail at 3 pitches made me happy. PNicky didn’t do anything special aside from hustling out of a double play, that proved to be the difference of 2 runs scored later by Martin’s double.

Animus

August 23rd, 2012
12:55 am

Amanda Comak is the beat writer for the gNats – Washington Post I believe.

Animus

August 23rd, 2012
12:56 am

Sorry – Washington Times, not the Post.

spartygw

August 23rd, 2012
1:00 am

When I saw Uggla and McCann were out I had high hopes. Ross played well, though I was thinking they should’ve squeezed with him with runners at the corners and 1 out. Then he bounces into an inning ending DP.

Glad to Medlen come back out in the 7th. I was surprised by it, but very happy to see it.

Maybe Fredi is learning a thing or two? Didn’t abuse his big 3 relievers this year, sat 2 struggling all stars tonight….Maybe?

thomas smith

August 23rd, 2012
1:01 am

how far ahead of the nats do you think we would be if medlen had started all year?.he’s like a breath of fresh air.he is definitely the best starting pitcher on the braves staff.

Animus

August 23rd, 2012
1:04 am

[...] meant a lot,” Jones said after the game to the AJC.  “It’s the first one where I actually started to get a little misty. To have two of my best [...]

Zac in Tempe

August 23rd, 2012
1:25 am

Why’d they have the bat from his homer? Did it break later in the game?

Animus

August 23rd, 2012
1:53 am

Zac – the bat is broken, not sure when it broke. But since it was a one game series to open Nationals Park, the Nationals may have requested the bat when Chipper was done using it. It was on display until they decided to give it to him last night.

Chop Chop

August 23rd, 2012
2:26 am

The fact that you don’t often see a guy do what Maddux did for so many years is that it is damned effing hard. Medlen stepped up, but the other two guys pitched well before him. The Braves caught a couple of breaks and made them stick. It takes more than that to win titles, though. Medlen will lose games for this team at some point. The team has to hit, plain and simple.

Tyler(TN)

August 23rd, 2012
2:35 am

Ah, thank you Animus. I misread that thinking that was part of Fredi’s quote. I even follow Comak on twitter if I wouldve paid any attention I would relized this.

Rowsdower

August 23rd, 2012
3:54 am

and here are some ,,!,,

A rubber game win isn’t cutting it. How do we keep losing to these guys. I know all 3 were nip and tuck, but sack up and win the games that matter.

GO BRAVES!

Bobby's Cox

August 23rd, 2012
4:54 am

How slick would our middle D be with Simmons & Janish? I’d even be satisfied with the Rev at 2nd at this point. It’s nice seeing a guy playing 4 who can put wood on the ball. It’s not about timing Uggla. You don’t swing your damn hardest & hope your timing is right. You put the head of the bat on the ball & hit the ball where it’s pitched. Until Dan learns that, he needs to sit.

Christine

August 23rd, 2012
5:50 am

Medlen’s the man. I was so happy when he came back and it’s good to see his grade a beef self out there doing his thing.

Sad to say it, but glad to see Uggla sit.

Chas

August 23rd, 2012
6:47 am

I hope to Heaven that Uggla and McCan’t stay on the bench awhile. It’s nice not to see WORTHLESS DAN’S lousy ab’s. (Of coure Fredi did get him a pinch hit ab, and WORTHLESS DAN, true to form, struck out on three pitches, without contact. Some things stay the same. )
Great win for the Braves. Medlen has pitched like an ace. Too bad it took so long for Fredi and Franki so long to put him in the rotation, but those 2 don’t ever figure much out.

Bravo Uno

August 23rd, 2012
7:16 am

Keep Pastornacky on second; at least with him there’s a chance for some offense !

Medlen is THE MAN !

Fredi Gonzalez

August 23rd, 2012
7:18 am

When Jurrjens returns I’ll put Medlen back in the bullpen.

And Danny Uggla will be back on second. He strained a finger nail in the weight room and needed a night off.

Section242

August 23rd, 2012
7:57 am

Medlin is the best starting pitcher we have at the moment. Even Fredi can’t take him out now.

Uggla needs to sit for a long long time. He has played well for 3 weeks of the last two years. That is not enough to keep putting him out there. Seriously .233 last year and .207 this year?? We pay him what?? Worst of the worst Wren moves.

Carl Farvman

August 23rd, 2012
7:57 am

We need Kowakomi and JJ back in the starting rotation ifwe plan to make a run into the playoffs.

bravesgrl4life

August 23rd, 2012
8:00 am

Fredi describing Medlen as “pretty good”? The dude has been AWESOME! That game last Thursday night was one of the best pitching performances I’ve ever seen. Kris’s strike to ball ratio that night was unbelievable, particularly in the first few innings. Pretty good? How about freakin’ AWESOME!

Preston Thompson

August 23rd, 2012
8:16 am

It’s good to see Medlen having the fun he’s having. The best pitcher we have. But the real bummer to me is the cost of having Chipper playing. His range at third is non existent. His decisions have cost games. And even though he still hits pretty good, they don’t seem to be coming when they’re needed. I believe he should get all the attention he’s getting, but will the hoopla over his retirement cause the Braves to spend the playoffs at home.
And old Danny, if he ain’t swinging for a home run he just won’t swing the bat. Just think what he could do if he tried to make contact. The biggest problem I see with the Braves hitters is most think they’re home run kings. And ole lard ass, on a double from first and he barely makes third. Ross is a better catcher and so much faster. Lard ass lost some weight but now he’s plunking up again. He read the newspaper to much. He believes the press clippings. So sad.

And yeah, put Constanza on the field somewhere. He make the defense play faster than they want to. And nobody goes down the first base line faster. Not even the super hero in right field.

Quack Quack

August 23rd, 2012
9:15 am

Nice win Bravos!! Kris Medlen is the BOMB!! I know hindsight is 20/20 and all that, but you’ve got to wonder what our record would be today had the powers that be given Kris a chance a lot sooner than they did.

Give Prado and J Hey a raise….

Lets go west, and make some noise.

GO BRAVES!!!

Ralph

August 23rd, 2012
9:16 am

Excellent line-up last night with excellent results but just watch, tonight though will be back to the same old crap with Uggla and McCann popping up or striking out in crucial situations..

Ralph

August 23rd, 2012
9:16 am

Excellent line-up last night with excellent results but just watch, tonight though will be back to the same old crap with Uggla and McCann popping up or striking out in crucial situations..

Ralph

August 23rd, 2012
9:36 am

Medlen will probably have one bad game and idiot Fruti will put him back in the bullpen.

Ken Stallings

August 23rd, 2012
9:38 am

OK, inquiring minds wish to know, any background or explanation for Fredi Gonzalez’s plaudit to “Amanda Comak?”

Medlen was so funny watching on TV in the post-game interview given after the complete game shutout of the Padres last week. It was a marvelous glimpse into his persona that the rest of the team talks about. Medlen has a very intriguing combination of laid-back California kid, with Groucho Marx quips, wrapped up in a gunslingers aggressiveness. About the one thing that separates him personality wise from Greg Maddux is that in interviews Maddux was tactiturn while Medlen seems to have fun with the press — good natured and light-hearted fun. Perhaps Maddux was that way in the locker room and off camera, which is why Chipper mentioned Maddux in comparison.

Clint

August 23rd, 2012
9:58 am

I never post comments but today i have too. Chris Medlen…..you are the reason that I watch baseball. I just placed my order for my Medlen jersey and will wear it with pride. Fight to the Finish! Go Braves!

birdo

August 23rd, 2012
10:46 am

It sure was nice not having two automatic outs in the lineup tonight. ( McOut / Uggly). With them out of the lineup we are not giving up 2 innings of popups/ three pitch strikeouts or weak fly balls. We have a chance. I believe Uggly has a real head issue. He has the YPS.

PCOLA Braves Fan

August 23rd, 2012
10:59 am

It was so nice seeing hitters up there tonight not swinging for the fences when there were runners on. Yes we missed some opportunities, but it was trying to make contact against very good pitching. I, like many, hope that we keep this righty lineup against lefties, but I will not be surprised if we go back to the idea of “keep running them out there” and we lose. That at bat that Uggla had pretty much summed up his year….swing hard and hope for contact. Three straight pitches, swing as hard as you can with your eyes closed and hope the ball finds the bat. Not pretty!

jharber

August 23rd, 2012
11:06 am

This game makes you wonder what could have been going back to the Dodgers series. Great game Guys.

Arizona Brave

August 23rd, 2012
11:14 am

Great game for Medlin.Goes to show you what a good pitcher can do with a little offense behind him.I believe if FG had put in the same line up as last night in the first two games we may have won at least one.Hopefully he will keep McOut and Ugly on the bench so we can have a chance to win.

birdo

August 23rd, 2012
11:14 am

I’m a Chipper fan, but having Larry on the field hurts our defense. If hits into another double play, I will puke. Please get him off the base pads, lets get some pinchrunners on the base pads. Who do you think would win a foot race, Larry or McOut.?

Arizona Brave

August 23rd, 2012
11:23 am

birdo
It would be a close race but Mcout would win by a bellybutton.

Braves Fan since 1973

August 23rd, 2012
11:38 am

I could accept Uggla’s strikeouts and paltry average if he actually hit some home runs.

I recall all or nothing sluggers like Dave Kingman, Gorman Thomas & more recently Adam Dunn. Their averages were typically low but they usually hit 40 or more homers per season.

Uggla is an overpaid DISASTER !

Kris Medlen

August 23rd, 2012
12:01 pm

Put Prado at 2B, Reed in LF, and Rossy catching. That is our best lineup right now.

BillEGoat

August 23rd, 2012
12:20 pm

The Washington series was VERY closs, could have gone either way. The extra inning game came down to one bone-head play by Uggla. Then, great pitching by Washington’s best pitcher and then by the guy who seems to be Atlanta’s best pitcher. The two teams are evenly matched, with Washington somewhart better overall by not by a huge amount. IF McCann was having his normal season and Uggla was doing anything at all close to what should be expected for $12 million, the Braves would be IN or very close to first place.

Arizona Brave

August 23rd, 2012
12:42 pm

Does anyone know what the line up will be tonight?

Fredi Gonzalez

August 23rd, 2012
1:04 pm

I’ve got Uggla penciled in for 2B and Mac behind the plate.

This is the lineup that has us in the driver’s seat for the wildcard.

BrandonLee49

August 23rd, 2012
1:07 pm

Ryan Zimmerman probably paid Kris the best compliment… Kris is really a Shinning Star (Eearth, Wind, and Fire), Yes indeed !!! That was Kris last night !!! For the Braves now when they needed it most.

J-MAN

August 23rd, 2012
2:10 pm

When we go to a 5 man rotation Medlen will have to be our number 1 by the way he has pitched and gone deep into games
1. Medlen
2. Maholm
3. Hudson
4. Minor (At the moment)
5. I dont know (Hanson is coming back but we havent seen enough yet, and Sheets seems to be getting hit more now)

Bronke

August 23rd, 2012
2:12 pm

Does anyone know if Uggla can be put on waivers or does he outright have to be released? Just wondering and hoping!

J-MAN

August 23rd, 2012
2:20 pm

Bronke any player can be put on waivers. In fact Uggla could be sent down to AAA he would just have to clear waivers.

cornjolio

August 23rd, 2012
2:22 pm

uggla happens !

jasons shrinking waist

August 23rd, 2012
2:45 pm

IF we had 8 Prados and 5 Medlens on this team we would win it all

I mean, Im just sayin…

Good Grief Charlie Brown

August 23rd, 2012
3:00 pm

jasons shrinking waist
August 23rd, 2012
2:45 pm
IF we had 8 Prados and 5 Medlens on this team we would win it all

….and a Bourn in a pear tree? :-)

Bronke

August 23rd, 2012
4:07 pm

J-Man. Thanks for the info. Although I don’t think it will happen.

chas

August 23rd, 2012
4:29 pm

THANK YOU FREDI. NO MCCANN OR UGGLA LAST NITE. HOPE YOU HAVE THE SAME GUTS TONITE

Fredi Gonzalez

August 23rd, 2012
5:39 pm

I’ve got Uggla penciled in for 2B and Mac behind the plate.

This is the lineup that has us in the driver’s seat for the wildcard

bobbymahlon

August 23rd, 2012
6:06 pm

I hear the Bravews are going to bring Overbay up. He is not a bad player but is not the right hand bat we need. Why not bring up Mejia or Gattis they both can hit the long ball and both are right hand hitters.

bobbymahlon

August 23rd, 2012
6:12 pm

Didn’t Uggla look good pinch hitting last night. I don’t why I keep exspecting him to come out of it and start hitting. Oh well some things never change but I keep hoping anyway.

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