Braves quotes after Monday’s loss to Padres

**FREDI GONZALEZ

“We hit some balls hard, and they did also. They hit a couple of balls to the wall and we made catches, and we hit some. Prado lines out on that rocket to the second baseman, gets them out of that inning. We hit the ball hard. For only getting four hits, we felt like we had a good approach. I thought Uggla’s approach today was really good. He hit that ball to straightaway center. I thought that ball had a chance.”

“Bu Casey was good. He kept his composure for a young kid. He did a nice job. He did a lot of good things for them. Fielded his position. Got a base hit. Gave them some innings for them to win the ballgame.”

On Maholm

“Paul was outstanding. Giving up two runs and goint 6-2/3 innings, giving an opportunity for us to win the ballgame. It just felt better than a shutout, the way we swung the bats and the way our approach was.”

All of Maholm’s runs as a Brave have come on homers

“You know what, that’s the way it happens sometimes. He’s not going to walk people. He’s not going to get dinked to death. He’s going to fill up the strike zone. He just left a cutter right over the plate there.”

On Padres

“That team has won eight in a row now, pitching well and playing well. We just came out of a real good series against the Giants and had a little momentum. They just pitched a little better and we hit the ball at them.”

On Bourn’s catch

“I’m not going to complain too much about the way we were robbed [on catches], because they hit some balls that we made nice plays on. Also, Jason made a nice play to turn a double play on that sinking line drive to right field.”

**PAUL MAHOLM

On the pitch he gave up the homer on

“I was trying to bounce it. I had thrown an 0-2 one that he took, but I was trying to go to the same spot. It was in and it was just up. He was able to get the barrel on it and able to capitalize.”

You’re aggressive in the strike zone, are homers sometimes a result?

“Not usually. It’s one of those if you miss, for some reason it seems like every time I miss lately it’s been kind of hanging for them to do damage. But my mindset is to keep the ball down and keep it on the ground. That was pretty much the only pitch tonight that stayed up. I’ll take the two runs in 6-2/3 pretty much every time out and have confidence in the guys to go out and score. But obviously they pitched a great game.”

Not enough homers lately to be concerned?

“I usually give up around 20 a year. It’s not like I’m up into the 40s or anything. You try to be aggressive. Sometimes it hurts you and sometimes it’s good. But I’ve been able to make the big pitch when I need to. Obviously the Headley at-bat tonight [strikeout with bases loaded], he’s one of the hottest guys in baseball and I was able to get out of it.

“We just weren’t able to get anything going. We hit some balls hard right at them and they made some good defensive plays, and we made some good defensive plays. It was a well-played game, it’s unfortunate we were on the bad end of it.”

**DAN UGGLA

On flying out to the center-field wall

“I felt good all day. I’ve been feeling good, just haven’t been getting results. That ball got in on me just enough to keep it in the ballpark. I thought I still got enough of it. Stayed up the middle like I was trying to do. Felt good.”

On Padres pitching, sub-2.00 ERA during eight-game winning streak

“They battle. They know how to pitch. We actually hit a lot of balls hard, but they made the plays and made pitches when they needed to. Sometimes it’s just not in the cards, you know?”

On Casey Kelly’s effectiveness

“He made his pitches, hit his spots, and didn’t really leave anything over the middle of the plate. Got the outs he needed to on the pitches that he wanted us to swing at.”

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David from Athens, AL

August 28th, 2012
1:21 am

Myke hawk

August 28th, 2012
1:31 am

Way to crap the bed
Beat bumgarner yet can’t hit this guy making his MLB debut. Pathetic

Hmmmm

August 28th, 2012
1:38 am

with their new 3 game losing streak, that 2 game Monday winning streak is officially a thing of the past

Joe

August 28th, 2012
1:43 am

What a boring game to watch. Why was the question not asked to Fredi about why he decided to put Bautista in? Why why why?? Awful…

Ugglafan

August 28th, 2012
1:48 am

Can’t wait to see uggla hit tomorrow!!

JC Boscan III

August 28th, 2012
1:51 am

The Braves have had the tendency for several years, to bomb out against a new call-up…… so, it happens again………sigh………….. Batista’s appearance made no sense — for one thing, Buddy Carlyle (at Gwinnett) has FAR out-pitched Batista this year, yet the ex-Met gets the call-up.

Myke hawk

August 28th, 2012
1:55 am

Oh yes, because the run allowed by Batista is what cost them the game
Blame the offense, not fredi.

Genesis

August 28th, 2012
2:02 am

Seriously, the bullpen is in a good position because Fredi has picked his spots to use his studs. When Bautista went in, it made sense in the scope of winning the series. Unfortunately, he gave up a run, but that didn’t end up making the difference.

Darryl Blackberry

August 28th, 2012
2:19 am

Live and learn. Batista is not the second coming of Peter Moylan. Good to know. Maybe next time Fredi will use him in blowout games only.

BravesFanInNashville

August 28th, 2012
2:21 am

Let’s hope the Braves don’t have to play a Wild Card Playoff game on a Monday.

Mr. Enigma

August 28th, 2012
3:29 am

BravesFanInNashville: The Wild Card games are scheduled for Thursday, October 4.

rc35

August 28th, 2012
3:34 am

Let’s just hope the Padres don’t bring up any SINGLE-A pitchers, or we’ll probably only get TWO hits. That was disgusting!

No. 1 Braves Fan

August 28th, 2012
3:48 am

Maybe the day will get better for all of you guys who seem to be in a bad mood. I hope so.

Ellabell1

August 28th, 2012
6:22 am

To Freddie: Chipper is a great ballplayer – always has been. Chipper is not a clean-up hitter. You want him to help you then bat him 3rd or 5th. Also, keep him in the game even if he’s hurting. Other teams don’t like to have to pitch to him. Sit Uggla and keep Prado at second. With our good pitching, this is a recipe for success.

braveshoo

August 28th, 2012
7:14 am

Everytime we start Uggla, Chipper, and McCann, we lose. Uggla is in the worst slump of his career, and Chipper and McCann are hurt. Add Yanish and The pitcher, there are 5 easy outs every time through the lineup. FG and FW need to Start Prado at 2nd, Francisco at 3rd, Reed Johnson at LF, and Ross at Catcher every night and you got a chance!!!!!!!!

Observation

August 28th, 2012
7:49 am

Uggla happens

Buddy Landel

August 28th, 2012
8:13 am

Myke hawk

August 28th, 2012
1:55 am

Oh yes, because the run allowed by Batista is what cost them the game
Blame the offense, not fredi.
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Genesis

August 28th, 2012
2:02 am

Seriously, the bullpen is in a good position because Fredi has picked his spots to use his studs. When Bautista went in, it made sense in the scope of winning the series. Unfortunately, he gave up a run, but that didn’t end up making the difference
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We have 2 leaders in the clubhouse. Great (and sensible) posts.

jl

August 28th, 2012
8:38 am

I would bet Fredi would have put Bautista in if the game was tied, he is that much of an idiot. Still say, Florida got rid of him, and evidently for a damn good reason.

jl

August 28th, 2012
8:41 am

Hey Wren I heard Sach Page was still available! Could go with Bautista, and Page in close games. You idiot

Dtrainwreck

August 28th, 2012
9:09 am

Love how Maholm always says how he only made 1 mistake, or left 1 ball up. He was getting hammered. Guys were hitting the ball hard all night and with a better team in a slightly smaller park, he gives up at least 5 last night.

double

August 28th, 2012
9:24 am

Errors & Excuses.We did this,they done that.Phils on way up.Braves on way down.SD playing good ball as of late.

Ralph

August 28th, 2012
9:34 am

Fruti hates winning!

Impressed Not

August 28th, 2012
9:48 am

@jl— didn’t know you could read minds? Big difference between tied games and being behind… No matter who was put in, you would have found a way to whine about it…

Nevada Roy

August 28th, 2012
10:14 am

“Let’s hope the Braves don’t have to play a Wild Card Playoff game on a Monday.” It will be on Friday October 5, 2012. Let’s hope Fredi aligns the pitchers so Medlin pitches it.

Buddy Landel

August 28th, 2012
10:28 am

Who’s “Medlin”?

Mister Frisky

August 28th, 2012
10:31 am

The collaspe is back on.This line up is awful to watch at the plate.6 back in the loss column to Nats,that race is over.Chipper hasn’t hit the ball hard since his bobblehead night.Throw in McCann,Uggla,and Janish the Pitcher Braves have a 4 man line up.Good luck with that.No playoffs!

stuart

August 28th, 2012
10:33 am

Only the Braves can make a rookie making his mlb debut look like Tom Seaver.

Ekim

August 28th, 2012
10:53 am

jl – so you can call Fredi an idiot based on bad moves he does NOT make. Quite a stretch, even for this blog.

Ekim

August 28th, 2012
10:54 am

@Buddy – “Medlin” is a misspelling of “Medlen.” But you know what he meant, so you think it somehow makes you smarter to point out spelling errors?

Too Tough

August 28th, 2012
11:25 am

I got to say…I am tired of devoting 3 hours a day for Braves baseball for pretty 120 games a year…LOOK…I have set through enough Braves games to know…They are DONE this year! Uggla, DONE! ( What is the definition of insanity Uglla?) ya keep trying to pull the ball to left field with every swing of the bat, with the same results..! LOOK…the hit you got was a fluke! I could see it in your eyes! The hit to center field too was a fluke Uggla had a late swing….good grief! Just spread the ball around the field you big dummy…. McCann INJURED REST HIM WHILE YOU CAN! bAUTISTA YUK! uggla on the bench, mcCann on the bench…play pastornicky at 2b, prado at short, reed L, bring up Constanza too! WE need hitters!

HOF 10

August 28th, 2012
11:30 am

I’d like to see a stat showing the Braves record over the past 15 years or so when facing a pitcher making his first big league start, and the record when we have a pitcher making his first big league start. Seems like we’d have a losing record both ways.

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August 28th, 2012
11:38 am

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bruce

August 28th, 2012
11:45 am

Thanks Dave!

BillEGoat

August 28th, 2012
11:52 am

I wonder what Wren will do concerning Uggla? Will he think of this season as just an off year and assume that Uggla will bounce back in 2013? Or will he try to find some creative way to get rid of Uggla? With the big contract, that will not be easy. It would probably involve trading a good young prospect WITH Uggla and paying a lot of Dan’s salary for the next three seasons, like “To get this good young prospect, you have to take Uggla, too, but we will pay a lot of his salary.” If the Braves had played a typical second baseman with typical numbers for 2011-2012, how many more games might they have won? Uggla has had FAR more awful months than good months. I think a .260 contact hitter/ good-glove guy at 2B would have led to more wins.

Jason Heyward

August 28th, 2012
12:10 pm

Feel bad for Maholm and the other starting pitchers. They know that if they make ONE mistake right now it’ll probably cost them the game. This offense has looked straight up PATHETIC for the last 10+ games. Cardinals will have the WC lead by the end of the week and at some point the Dodgers will get hot. I think the Braves will be watching the playoffs on their TV yet again this year. And next years team will only be worse with Chip and Bourn gone. Gotta question this front offices drive to win if they don’t resign the best lead off hitter/ best defensive CF on the game.

JD

August 28th, 2012
12:13 pm

You just can’t keep running a lineup out there with three, potentially, four holes back-to-back and expect much out of it. McCann has shown some signs of life, thankfully, but Uggla? Come on. He got a weak grounder through the infield and popped out to the warning track, hardly signs of progress. We could all get happy and say, well at least he’s making contact, but he’s done this before, all season long. McCann, Uggla, Janish and the pitcher, nearly half your lineup is made up of likely outs. Just isn’t going to cut it, Fredo. If you insist on playing Uggla (which is dumb), you’re going to have to put someone who can hit in between him and McCann. Can’t wait to see Simmons come back so half the lineup isn’t a black hole.

Putting Miguel Batista in when you need a hold is just plain dumb, Fredo. The Mets got rid of him for a reason. But then, the Fish got rid of you for one, as well.

Wren is the champion of the unemployed, you’ve got to give him that.

JD

August 28th, 2012
12:18 pm

Oh, one more thing. Hinske is not the best guy off your bench when you need to win a game, Fredo. He’s the worst possible choice.

jayvee

August 28th, 2012
12:23 pm

Way to get housed by a triple A team with a triple A pitcher. Way to seize the day, dudes. Tip your cap and go sit down.

jayvee

August 28th, 2012
12:26 pm

Sad to say it but i’t’s becoming abundantly clear that the Braves won’t make the playoffs, let alone compete in them, with Uggla and McCann in the lineup. Flip the switch, Fredi. It’s not personal. Your job is to win, and you ain’t gonna win with these two dragging the lineup into the abyss. Do your job!

Music City Hammer

August 28th, 2012
12:56 pm

DOB, JC Boscan III is right the Braves for years have looked inept against rookie pitchers. How do coaches, players (especially vets) and management explain it? Other teams feast on rookie pitchers. I always figured if the Braves don’t have a 100 page scouting report on a guy, they just don’t have a clue. Or is it just the water in club house?

Bro

August 28th, 2012
1:28 pm

Never heard so many sorry excuses. You could save yourself so trouble by just printing the same quotes after a win or loss. Things never really change with the braves. What we have here is a real failure to communicate.

Buddy Landel

August 28th, 2012
1:29 pm

Ekim

August 28th, 2012
10:54 am

@Buddy – “Medlin” is a misspelling of “Medlen.” But you know what he meant, so you think it somehow makes you smarter to point out spelling errors?
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Medlen is a NAME of a player on OUR team. It’s not too hard to spell, is it? We see “Hinski”, “Medlin”, “O’Flarity”, etc. often here. If you are passionate enough about the Braves to post on DOB’s blogs, shouldn’t you at least spell the names correctly?

Sundrop Kid

August 28th, 2012
1:48 pm

Never in my long history of following MLB have I heard a manager take such a simplistic, “aw shucks” approach to the game, especially in the post game news conference. He never takes any responsibility or shows any accountability for anything that happens. In listening to him point out things after a game, it’s like he is talking about two other teams using an objective viewpoint. Practically everything he says, we already know, BECAUSE WE SAW IT YOU DODOHEAD! Thanks I feel better now!

GB's Hamburgers

August 28th, 2012
1:53 pm

What are they doing in their hotel rooms on Sunday that makes them unable to perform on Monday?

Ralph

August 28th, 2012
2:45 pm

Fredi G has some priority higher than winning, don’t know what that priority is but if it were winning he would bench Uggla the remainder of the season and play Ross much more. If winning was his No 1 priority he would stick with a winning lineup for more than one day, he benches Uggla and McCann and they win then the very next day they are right back in there. He knows it or else he is he stupidist baseball manager on the planet

Ralph

August 28th, 2012
2:50 pm

Buddy Landel

You seem to think you are smarter than anybody else but here you are just showing what an idiot you are!

bostonbravo

August 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

“Ralph”, leave “Butty Landle” alone.
Let’s concentrate on Fredi G. who LAID DOWN THE LAW! for one day, we won, then back to his same old load of BS.

Braves Fan

August 28th, 2012
3:01 pm

Braves lose a game- Fire Fredi NOW! HAHA you people are a bunch of clowns bro!

George Washington

August 28th, 2012
3:39 pm

Great analysis Ralph! My guess yesterday was that uggla would be in last night’s lineup. I’m trying to decide if fredi g. is a hard-headed POS or a dumbass.

Sundrop Kid

August 28th, 2012
5:27 pm

“GW” How about BOTH?

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Jay Dubu

August 28th, 2012
5:46 pm

Braves always seem to struggle against young upstarts.

double

August 28th, 2012
7:31 pm

Errors & Excuses-My reflexes become refluxes,never seen pitches like the kid was throwing.Must have a magic arm.Must have been the moon,no we were closer to the tide.Fredi will have it solved by tonight.On and on we go.

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