Braves quotes after Friday’s loss to Phillies

CRAIG KIMBREL

On the pitch to Kratz:

“It was definitely not a location where I was trying to put it. I was trying to elevate on him and it didn’t go high enough. He’s a good fastball hitter and he put the barrel on it and we saw what happened….All we can do is come back tomorrow and keep on playing.”

On how rare it is for him to blow a save:

“I wasn’t too happy. That’s something I’m not going to repeat. Anytime you give up the lead, you’re not going to be happy about it. There’s nothing I can do about it now. All I can do is, if the situation comes tomorrow, is take the ball and do my job.”

On losing a game like this at this stage:

“Any loss is disappointing. You don’t want to go into any game and say it doesn’t matter if we win or lose. Every game is important. That’s the end of August. September is here. It’s time to play ball.”

On the Phillies having his number a little bit:

“They’re putting the barrel on the ball. We see them a lot, so that might have something to do with it. I threw a pitch right down the middle, 0-2. Any time you do that, no matter how hard you do it, it’s going to get hit.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On the game:

“The way you lose it there at the end is tough, but Craig is going to be OK. It was just a mislocated fastball on an 0-2 pitch. It went back over the plate and Kratz, a big, strong boy, put it over the fence. I thought we swung the bats OK. You feel good when you have the lead and give it to Kimbrel.

On Kimbrel giving up the first home run on his career on an 0-2 pitch:

“That’s just the way it goes. I can’t wait for an opportunity tomorrow or the next day, whenever, and give him the ball and run him out there again….The bullpen did a nice job and we gave the ball to Craig. We’ve gotten spoiled the past couple of years. Usually he shuts those things down and today it was just a fastball that came back and caught too much of the plate.”

On wild pitch that Janish stayed at third:

“That’s a tough read on that ball. The toughest ones when you’re at third base are when the balls are going away from you. You don’t have the depth perception. But you know what, Prado hit a rocket to the first baseman in that inning and we could have used a couple of extra runs in that inning.”

On how Chipper’s feeling after the collision:

“He’s fine. Just two big boys colliding there.”

On Martinez:

“He got two big outs. He got Utley with a man on second base after he balked. We thought we were going to get out of it. I think it was either a slider or change-up that came back over the plate on the first pitch to Mayberry, and he hung it. For a split second there, I thought we were going to get out of it.”

MICHAEL BOURN

On the loss:

“You hate to let those kinds of games slip away. We lost to the Padres. They beat us up pretty bad. In this game, we were up a couple of times and we lost the lead. Those are the games you hate to lose. Those are the games that hurt worse than the ones that you lose to the Padres 8-2, that you get blown out. You can say that you just got beat that day, but today, I felt like we were better than them, and they ended up winning the game….You hate to let those slip away. They count down the stretch. You can’t lose too many of those as you go down the stretch like that. We have to have those games to take it to the next level.”

On how rare it is to see Kimbrel blow a save:

“Not say shocking because it happens. I don’t know how many saves he has, but I know he hasn’t blown too many saves. He don’t have too many. He’s been consistent. You can’t put it on him.”

On the type of loss:

“Those games, those are the ones we want to have. If you’re getting beat 7-1 and you come back to win 8-7, OK, you’re happy about that game, like against the Nationals. You’re happy about that. That don’t happen too often. You don’t see that too often. We’ve seen that once this year, twice maybe, when we beat the Phillies. Those games are the ones that we want to stick a fork in them.”

On trying to distance themselves from last September:

“This is a totally different year. First of all, we had a way bigger lead last year than we do this year. We didn’t lose ground today. That’s a plus. You have to block that out of your head. You have to take that and throw it in the bag. You have to block it out. Don’t worry about that. That was last year. We’ve got to be able to turn it around this year and show them that we’re a different team.”

On if Chipper’s play at the plate fired his teammates up:

“I was just hoping he didn’t get hurt. Forget going into the catcher, I was just hoping he didn’t get hurt. He’s been in these positions a lot more than anybody else on the team, so we’ll need him down the stretch. We need everybody down the stretch.”

MIKE MINOR

On the sixth inning:

“There were a couple of bad pitches in there and they got the bat on it, even though they were weakly hit. There were a couple of them that they hit right on the screws that we caught. And a lot of them that they mishit but they were still base hits. It was just one of those days when it wasn’t on my side. If they give me runs, I need to go out there and shut that inning down. It’s obviously disappointing to give up some base hits right there and pretty much all the runners scored.”

On how he felt with his stuff:

“It was just a lot of hanging breaking balls and ones out of the zone. It didn’t really translate to keeping them off balance. They kind of just disregarded the ones out of the zone and waited for something in the zone to put the bat on it.”

CHIPPER JONES

On the game:

“We’ve just got to execute better on the mound. Tonight we didn’t pitch particularly well in the sixth after we took the 4-1 lead. With the lead in the ninth, I never question pitch selection when it comes to Kimmy. No such thing as a bad pitch. But you can’t throw that particular pitch where he threw it. It’s one of those things that happens from time to time. He backed them up with a couple sliders. He hit 97. At some point you have to give the hitter credit.”

On a disappointing loss at this point in the season:

“You’ve got to win these games. We look up and St. Louis has lost, everyone right there in the wild card lost. It’s a situation where we’ve got to put these games away once we get the lead and put teams in our rearview mirror.”

On the game:

“I thought we played a really good game except for one inning and one pitch.”

51 comments Add your comment

David from Athens, AL

September 1st, 2012
12:12 am

Myke hawk

September 1st, 2012
12:14 am

Pathetic performance
Down to 26th in MLB with RISP

CHOKE ARTISTS

September 1st, 2012
12:19 am

Here it comes!

NORRIS CHUCK

September 1st, 2012
12:22 am

IT HAS BEGUN!!!

LakeDawg

September 1st, 2012
12:22 am

NorCal Brave

September 1st, 2012
12:26 am

Right you are, Myke hawk. The average with RISP has haunted us all year. Somewhere along the line we’ve got to provide more margin for error to the pitchers. Terrible time for Kimbrel to blow a save, but every game this team goes out and blows scoring chances. I’m sure Craig will be fine; can’t say the same for the offense.

myke hawk

September 1st, 2012
12:32 am

hitting with RISP was good the first half of the season..i think amongst the top 10.. idk what has happened since.

Ryan

September 1st, 2012
12:34 am

The pitching hell if we could hit with runners in scoring position.

Fredo

September 1st, 2012
12:39 am

“but Craig is going to be OK”

we’re not worried about Craig we’re worried about a team that keeps finding ways to lose

Stuart

September 1st, 2012
12:43 am

Bunch of damned losers. At least they aren’t waiting till September to puke all over themselves and break their fans hearts. Also they just got knocked down the totem pole. Football has started.

Fredo

September 1st, 2012
12:45 am

… although Kimbrel was part of last year’s collapse when he pitched in a couple of big games and was very un-kimbrel like

NorCal Brave

September 1st, 2012
12:52 am

Chipper: “We’ve just got to execute better on the mound.”

Well….. Chip, Bourny, J-Hey, and B-Mac: thanks for the combined 1 for 18.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 1st, 2012
1:08 am

Before the all star break the announcers would rave about how the braves were able to score runs from 3rd with less than 2 outs.

Now they cant figure out how to move runners from 2nd to 3rd with no outs. Even if they did the next 2 guys would pop out to the infield or strike out swinging for the fences like idiots.

MfG

September 1st, 2012
1:14 am

I guess it’s just another round of cap tipping.

MfG

September 1st, 2012
1:17 am

let’s never fail to give that other team credit after all. Let’s not just be honest and say we suck lately!!

Dum-Bass

September 1st, 2012
1:20 am

Have you ever before in your life heard a MLB manager make such asinine, idiotic comments after a loss? I haven’t. Stick with the lineup that got you your last 3 wins. “If it aint broke, don’t fix it”!

Frustrated freddie

September 1st, 2012
1:53 am

Are these quotes from last September?

IdahoBravesFan

September 1st, 2012
4:19 am

Hey, college football is here!!!!!! Forget the Braves for now.

Finished

September 1st, 2012
6:27 am

Bourn can’t call anybody out in this game. Runners on first and second, no outs and the leadoff man can’t advance them ,strikes out weakly. Boras better get a deal for him soon , his value is dropping like McCann ’s betting average. 139 strikeouts for leadoff hitter?

Phils fan

September 1st, 2012
7:41 am

phillies fans will gladly trade places you braves fans. stop b’tch’n.

Bronke

September 1st, 2012
7:49 am

Agree, The Braves lack mental toughness and killer instinct. Fredi manages like a dear in the headlight approach, full of fear. McCann is lost and Bourn stunk it up yesterday. Heyward has gone 0for his last 15 when they need him the most. Can’t quite figure why closing out the year is so hard for this team. : (

Bronke

September 1st, 2012
7:51 am

Nobody feels sorry for the Phillies so let it go Phillies fan, this is our site. You can blog on the Philadelphia Enquirer all you want!

Double Zero Eight

September 1st, 2012
8:05 am

CAUTION: Objects are closer than they appear in
rear view mirror.

The Wild Card race is getting closer and closer.
Now is not the time to panic.

bobbymahlon

September 1st, 2012
8:19 am

Thanks Chipper for the 0 for 3 and 3 strikeouts. Don’t go blaming everybody else because you win as a team and lose as a team.

Felix

September 1st, 2012
8:22 am

By my count that is 6 wins out of the last 14 going back to the Dodgers series. At this most important time of the season. Why, oh why? Yes, hitting with RISP is appalling. Why? In key situations, the hitters tense up and choke. And still we don’t have not enough sticks in the line up. Has been that way for at least 5 seasons. Also, it appears this bunch just does not have enough fight/heart in them. I fear the Phils will sweep the Braves. It is what Charlie Manuel lives for. It will make his season.

If the Phils sweep, or just win the series, then it will surely look like the next great collapse will have begun.

Phils fan

September 1st, 2012
8:29 am

nobody was asking you to. been on this site for years. been pulling for the braves on here this season. fk-face. by the way…just like last season and every season, it’s ring or no ring. and the braves ain’t winning no ring this year. and like the phillies, will have a ton of issues to deal with in the offseason(expect for the pen). and where the bleep are the fans? players like erick kratz are far less likely to do that type of damage on the road in front of a backed house.

Don Corleone

September 1st, 2012
8:40 am

Let’s list them. And last night’s chokers were:

Bourn
Heyward
Janish (#1 choker)
Jones
Kimbrel
Martinez
McCann

Larry

September 1st, 2012
8:46 am

The Braves total combined record under Fredi Gonzalez since September 1, 2011:

94-97

Those with more than a room temperature IQ know who is most responsible; those under this lowest of standards continue to defend this dimwitted blockhead because they are cognitively his equal.

Chas

September 1st, 2012
8:58 am

This game was touched by many CHOKERS with A’s on their caps. Chipper’s first ab was a total joke. (Two on, one out, Chipper K’s on a ball in the dirt. What a HOF message!) Bourn has been striking out like crazy for a few weeks. McCann can’t hit anything. Janish had his head up his nut cup at third, on the wild pitch (no comments from him), Heyward was worthless, Martinez was a joke/choke, and Kimbrel spit it out again, against the Phillies, JUST LIKE LAST YEAR. This is a team of chokers and headcases. They are done. LOSERS ALWAYS FIND A WAY TO LOSE, and last night, these Braves were going to find a way, time and again, and FINALLY THEY DID. The collapse is on. The Phillies sweep. The Braves make excuses, and close out the season just as they did last year. CHOKING ALL THE WAY TO THE END. THEY ARE WHO THEY ARE.
LOSERS, TO A MAN.

Finished

September 1st, 2012
9:10 am

Lets face reality sports fans, Braves ,Falcons , Hawks , Bulldogs and Jackets all play well enough to get us excited but at crunch time they fall flat. WILL WE EVER GET A WINNER?

Obee

September 1st, 2012
9:12 am

What a bunch of whiners.

tennisbrave

September 1st, 2012
9:25 am

It looks like the “chokes of September” are at it again.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

September 1st, 2012
9:30 am

Phily makes me nervous as hell….Lee today, Hamels Sunday
We cant hit leftys ever.
Phils play Washington like nine more times
We play Mets…and theyre pitching is getting really good now
I dont want to even think bout a collapse again but…….

Stank Wren

September 1st, 2012
9:47 am

“We’ve just got to execute better on the mound.”

This coming from Chipper Jones who was 0-fer at the plate, botched the fielding of 2 bunts at third, and his refusal to slide at the plate even though he would have had a good chance at being safe. Pathetic

Davey Sprocket

September 1st, 2012
9:49 am

I think it is 6 games between Nats and Phils, not 9. Nats have the next TEN games at home (last nite was the first of 11). It is getting harder and harder to imagine Braves catching Washington. You need to root for the Nats to pound the Cardinals for you, if you were smart about it. Would you rather have had the Cards just ONE game behind you, instead of THREE?? Of course not. Give up on the division, fellas.

Rabid dawg

September 1st, 2012
9:58 am

OK…last night was very tough to swallow. So much for that -we are gonna be fine because the next 28 out of 31 games are against opponents with sub 500 records-. Well….we are now 1-3 against those sub 500 teams. And to make matters worse….its September now and Gonzalez is still the manager.

Its September 1st and the Braves are 3 games up on the #1 WC. Gonzo….if you choke again…the writing will be on the wall for you sir!

Let's Go

September 1st, 2012
10:06 am

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The Good: Coming back twice to take the the lead, 3 home runs
The Bad: Minor in the 6th, Kimbrel in the 9th
The Ugly: Christan Martinez, Braves hitters with RISP

BUGGSY

September 1st, 2012
10:35 am

Been nice chatin with you guys this baseball season about the Braves but i am DONE WASTING my time watching the Braves…!Football is here and the BRAVES are going down hill fast,may not even make the playoffs which is sad cause they have the talent but no leader,no heart,no manager!!!!see ya in spring training maybe Braves will have new leaders and MANAGER!!!GO DAWGS

Blown Save and False Facts!

September 1st, 2012
11:31 am

O’Brien….Your story is wrong!…………….Kimbrel has GIVEN UP 3 HOME RUNS THIS YEAR……..2 to tie games up in the top of the 9th(2 of his 3 blown saves) and 1 when he was just pitching to get some work when the Brave’s were up 6-1(or something like that)………….Get your facts straight!

Largo

September 1st, 2012
11:31 am

Chipper blaming his team mates again. How did you do last night, Sport?

Can anyone imagine this team in the world series.

Blown Save and False Facts!

September 1st, 2012
11:35 am

Sorry O’Brien…………….I should have BLAMED CARROLL ROGERS for the FALSE FACTS!

Felix

September 1st, 2012
11:41 am

Well, well, well. I see the al qaeda of trolls -Filly fans- are finally coming out from hiding in their dark caves.

Felix

September 1st, 2012
11:45 am

Re: my 8:22 a.m. post. Went and checked and actually the Braves have won only 5 out of their last 14….even worse than I thought.

count_schemula

September 1st, 2012
12:02 pm

Now we can put the CY Toung talk where it belongs

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Stuart

September 1st, 2012
12:19 pm

Can anyone imagine what the press in New York, Boston, Philadelpha, and St Louis be like if FG answered questions like he answers in Atlanta. I have given up waiting for the press in Atlanta to ask the hard pertinent questions. I used to not understand why the Florida er Miami, or whatever the hell name they are going by this week fired FG. Now I know.

Brava

September 1st, 2012
12:26 pm

Phils fan
September 1st, 2012
7:41 am

phillies fans will gladly trade places you braves fans. stop b’tch’n.

Thank you.

Jay Dubu

September 1st, 2012
3:00 pm

Fredi is officially on the clock!

Carroll Rogers

September 1st, 2012
3:45 pm

Blown Save and False Facts! Where did i say Kimbrel didn’t give up three home runs this year? I said in my running gamer it was the third home run he’s allowed this season. and in the write-through i just mentioned he’d given up six home runs total as a major leaguer. ….not sure what you’re referring to.

wins-by-a-link

September 1st, 2012
4:28 pm

Born is making a strong case for Wren to find another lead-off hitter, Way too many strike outs for a lead-off hitter, Thank god Chipper is going through with his retirement plans, Really showing his age late into season, FG better hope last years Sept swoon doesn’t happen again this year, If it does he might be looking for a job, Last nights loss was or could be a back breaker.

The Master Man

September 1st, 2012
6:41 pm

Who cares about college football??

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