Braves postgame quotes after Thursday’s 1-0 win

TIM HUDSON

On his outing:

“(After the first) I was able to settle down and make some pitches whenever they had some guys in scoring position. We got a little bit lucky right there how we did score, but we’ll take them any way we can get them.”

On if felt like he had to be perfect or better than he is:

“There’s definitely not a lot of wiggle room right there, but you know what? Our offense has picked us up so much all year, it feels good to be able to go out there and make a one-run lead last for the whole game and to do it back-to-back games really makes us as a pitching staff feel good. Obviously our guys are going out there and doing the best job they can. We’ll take them any way we can get them. Hopefully we start putting up some crooked numbers and have some easier wins.”

On if he’s ever seen run score where a pitcher whiffs on a throwback:

“I have one time. it was actually a walk-off in Oakland. It was Francisco, K-Rod, whiffed at one, and that was actually the winning run. It happened for us early on and we were able to make it last. Luckily we had our fastest guy on the team at third base (laughing).”

On adjustments after struggled with command early:

“Early on I was just missing with some pitches, my breaking ball. My curveball, I didn’t have a great feel for it early on, and honestly still really didn’t have a good feel for it throughout the game. It was a couple times I made some decent pitches with it but I just started throwing a lot more change-ups, throwing a lot more sinkers, started elevating some four-seamers, a lot of those pop-ups and flyballs to the outfield were some four-seamers that I was elevating. It was one of those games where I had to mix everything up, change eye levels and wasn’t overpowering by any means. But just bobbed and weaved and smoke and mirrored them a little bit.”

On if wanted to keep up with kids like Medlen and Minor:

“You know what man, it’s been great to see. I’m so happy for Kris Medlen, what he’s been able to do and he’s taken advantage of the opportunity that he’s been given. He’s been that guy that’s done whatever we asked of him, and I feel like he’s finally getting what he deserves and that’s an opportunity to start, and I thought all along he’s been one of our best pitchers from the first time he got up here. I think he’s able to show it now.”

On momentum from three of four:

“Taking three of four from anybody is obviously nice to do. Winning the last two games the way we’ve done it makes us feel good as a staff. We haven’t really been able to get a lot of credit this year, but it’s been nice to be able to squeak out some wins and let our staff have a time to put our chest out a little bit. Usually our guys are scoring runs and we’re trying to keep them from scoring eight but today it was nice to keep them under one.”

On if dying to score on Prado’s ball:

“No, I’m not going to score from second base. It’s got to split the gap for me to score from second, but I tell you what that wild pitch, he threw that ball that bounced, and in my mind I was scoring, and then about three steps into it I realized how slow I was going. Anybody else scores without probably a throw, man, but I started running and I was like ‘good god I’m slow. I’ve got to abort the mission here.’”

DAN UGGLA

On lift from starting pitching lately:

“This game is about picking each other up, starting pitching, offense, that’s what this game is all about. we’re not always going to be clicking on all cylinders. That’s why it’s so good to be balanced with starting pitching, offense and defense and having a good bullpen because we’re going to have games like this. We’re going to have games where we score 10, 12 runs and give up eight or nine. That’s just the way game goes. Just trying to stay within yourself and do what you can do and try and make sure you got more runs at the end of the game than they do.”

On how not get frustrated with ways things are going with runners in scoring position:

“When you show frustration, you’re showing a sign of weakness. And it is what it is. If you don’t get it done, you look for your teammate to pick you up. If he doesn’t get it done, look for your pitcher to pick both of you up, your defense to pick you up. Whatever it is, just constantly picking each other up. We had some opportunities today but it’s not always going to happen. The more we pick each other up, the better off we’re going to be.”

FREDI GONZALEZ

On not needing many runs if get great pitching every day:

“The whole series we’ve got some great pitching and great performances out of the bullpen and we scored a run today on a heads-up play by Juan. He bunts to get on which is heads up, and the guys just plain old missed. At first, I was talking to Huddy and I hear the commotion and I ask Huddy how did he score? And he said he threw it over his head. I looked at the replay and he just plain old missed it. It wasn’t even over his head. Thank goodness that Juany was heads up and able to score that run. We go out and get the bases loaded the next two innings and don’t get anything. Again, good pitching is always good to have and I feel like we’re just a bloop single away. I like the effort. I like the guys getting on base. It’s just a matter of breaking it open. It’s a process going forward. I like that better than the other way. I like it better than if we were scoring 15 and letting in 14 every single night. That doesn’t work, so our pitching has been picking up our hitting right now. We’ll get it going offensively.”

On finding a way to win:

“Whatever it takes, really. I thought I saw some pretty good at-bats. Danny had a great at-bat. I haven’t seen Danny hit a ball to the right side in shoot, 10 weeks. And he hit a ball down the right field line. His last at-bat he hit a ball up the middle. If Francisco doesn’t score on that error by the pitcher, McCann’s at-bat is a positive, it’s a sacrifice fly, that inning where he hit a rocket to the left fielder. So I’m seeing a lot of good stuff going. We just need to cross the plate a little bit more. But we’re getting the opportunities which is good.”

On if it gets in their heads a little bit:

“No, you know what? You see guys that are positive. I’m positive with them. Walk was just telling me ‘The place I’ve been eight years, people throwing helmets and cussing and yelling in the dugout and panicking,’ and he goes ‘and not from the players.’ So they don’t need that from me or the coaching staff. We’ve just got to keep them going. Keep getting on base, keep playing good defense, pitching and it’ll come around. We’ve got too many good players, too many good hitters in there, that we can’t go on this funk for much longer.”

On impact of Jim Tracy’s managing with so many pitchers:

“It’s hard. It’s not easy. I’ve talked about it the whole series. the guys who see a fresh arm every at-bat, they match up. Kudos to them to try something new. You could do it in September baseball where you have 17 guys in the bullpen and you’re not going to run out of arms. I don’t know if it would work in April, May, June, July, August, when all of a sudden you get into an extra-inning game and you’ve got no more pitching left. It is hard, and it’s hard to match up against. You don’t know when that starting is coming out. You don’t know if the pinch hitter is going to be in the third or fourth but it’s a little easier to do that in September when you have the bodies to be able to do that. But I give them credit to try something new.”

On after 25 pitches from Kimbrel if no hesitation to go back to him:

“No, not at all. We couldn’t go four outs but we’ll check with him tomorrow. I don’t know how many times he’s gone three in a row this year but we’ll check with him tomorrow.”

On Hudson after command struggles early:

“He competed, man. And I think he got better. He gave us everything he had. Every pitch he had today, I don’t know if we could have run back out there for another hitter. Being humid, and the way he reacts to the heat. He competed and we played some good defines behind him which we usually do.”

On have to hold Hudson up at third there:

“1 for last 30 with runners in scoring position and Huddy’s at second base when we get the one. Yeah you can’t risk anything there. Danny’s at-bat with bases loaded and the flyball to left field, another 10 feet and it’s a sac fly. That’s just the way it goes.”

68 comments Add your comment

Clayton

September 6th, 2012
4:47 pm

That’s the problem with uggla, he needs to show signs if frustration, take it out in the bat or the water cooler in the dugout. Get it out of your system, then you might start hitting the ball. Showing signs of frustration is not a weakness it’s normal.

lee maye

September 6th, 2012
4:51 pm

Another 10 feet and it is a sac fly. Another .43 points on his average and he is hitting .250. In the end, sticking with Uggla, is going to cost Fredi his job. Pitchers can’t continue to throw shutouts to win.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 6th, 2012
4:52 pm

I agree Clayton. Some sign of emotion, otherwise it just looks like they are content with under performing daily.

billy bob baseball

September 6th, 2012
4:53 pm

uggla sez: “The more we pick each other up, the better off we’re going to be.” Problem is danny boy, you’re dead weight, and the other guys are constantly picking up your sorry @ss, while you pick up $12 Million a year for nothing.

Quack Quack

September 6th, 2012
4:58 pm

Thanks Carroll & DOB for the quotes.

Well a win is a win!! Now for the Muts. With nothing to lose, we better be ready to play some ball. They would love nothing better than to spoil us.

GO BRAVES!!!

Quack Quack

September 6th, 2012
4:59 pm

@ billy bob…Well said!!!

Amber Girl

September 6th, 2012
5:01 pm

@Quack Quack Hi. Just got home from school. I know we won, But why aren’t we hitting?

Brandon

September 6th, 2012
5:05 pm

I understand uggla has underperformed, but he’s looked much better at the plate in the last 2 days and did better than a lot of the players today. Two balls hit to the right side, including the double that advanced the winning run to 3rd, and no strikeouts in the last 2 games.

If you’re going to complain about uggla’s hitting today, why not mention michael bourn, freeman, mccann or janish? Those 4 did not even get a hit.

myke hawk

September 6th, 2012
5:06 pm

20 hits in 3 GAMES

problem isnt hitting
its hitting WITH RISP

myke hawk

September 6th, 2012
5:07 pm

20 hits 12walks 2 UNearned runs in 3 games

Brandon

September 6th, 2012
5:08 pm

thats what i was thinking myke hawk. The braves have been hitting. In their defense, they have hit some balls hard but right at people. They just need some hits with runners in scoring position

Quack Quack

September 6th, 2012
5:13 pm

Hey Amber Girl. Just one of those funks where nothing works. Every time we hit someone is right there to grab it. Thank goodness for some awesome shutout pitching.

How’s school?

ChipperisGod

September 6th, 2012
5:14 pm

I can’t believe Fredi. “I ask Huddy how did he score?” Was he not watching the game? Guess he had a bad angle or something, but that to me is just ridiculous. Fredi has a way with words, maybe he is trying to say he watched it but didn’t know if it went over his head or not. I don’t know.

Ugly win (again). Got to get the bats going this weekend. Big time.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 6th, 2012
5:16 pm

I will agree with Brandon on that. Uggla has hit safely in 5 of the last 6 (not counting the Pinch hit appearance).

~Brian McCann however is just utterly killing us.
~Janish is doing everything he was advertised as, a defensive specialist who couldn’t hack out of a wet paper bag.
~Pitching during this series has been amazing. Even Hanson pitched well enough to win (though not a quality start). 3 Earned runs in that game. The “Defense”, same guys stinking it up at the plate, cost the team the other 3 unearned runs for the 6-0 loss.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 6th, 2012
5:18 pm

Braves won 3 of 4
Braves scored 8 runs, 5 earned. All 5 earned runs came in 1 game.
Colorado scored 7 runs 3 earned

NorCal Brave

September 6th, 2012
5:24 pm

I want to agree with Fredi, that “we can’t go on this funk much longer.” Trouble is we don’t have “much longer.”

Amber Girl

September 6th, 2012
5:50 pm

@ Mr Quack Quack Sorry didn’t answer quick Helping Mom. SHOOL SUCKS as usual. Go Braves

Amber Girl

September 6th, 2012
5:55 pm

Sweet Amber got to go See ya tomorrow. Go Braves!!!

Quack Quack

September 6th, 2012
5:56 pm

Always good to be a helper. ;-)

So how ’bout your Cowboys? That ought to put a smile on your face.

Amber Girl

September 6th, 2012
6:02 pm

bye cowboys suck

RBI

September 6th, 2012
6:04 pm

Uggla still shakes like he’s got the DT’s. I see no difference in his batting approach. A broken clock is right twice a day. He has just gotten lucky, and made contact a few times more lately. I say put him back on the bench. Poor Prado, must have four different gloves. What are we going to do, ask him to play catcher next?
And, I see no reason whatsoever for McCann to be playing.

Oh'man

September 6th, 2012
6:40 pm

Hudson and Meds are probably the funniest Braves! They crack me all the time.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

McCann looks like he is finished. Bring back Corky Miller or put in J.C. Boscan.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

McCann looks like he is finished. Bring back Corky Miller or put in J.C. Boscan.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

McCann looks like he is finished. Bring back Corky Miller or put in J.C. Boscan.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

McCann looks like he is finished. Bring back Corky Miller or put in J.C. Boscan.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

McCann looks like he is finished. Bring back Corky Miller or put in J.C. Boscan.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

McCann looks like he is finished. Bring back Corky Miller or put in J.C. Boscan.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

McCann looks like he is finished. Bring back Corky Miller or put in J.C. Boscan.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

McCann looks like he is finished. Bring back Corky Miller or put in J.C. Boscan.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 6th, 2012
7:27 pm

McCann looks like he is finished. Bring back Corky Miller or put in J.C. Boscan.

double

September 6th, 2012
7:28 pm

Erroes & Excuses.—These are the type games where 0 errors can be winners.

reckingball

September 6th, 2012
7:32 pm

Why do people repeat themselves on this blog so often?

Why do people repeat themselves on this blog so often?

reckingball

September 6th, 2012
7:34 pm

It looks like some people just can’t be pleased.

I’ll take a one to nothing win over a one to nothing loss, anytime.

reckingball

September 6th, 2012
7:36 pm

Did the Braves not win, good enough?

reckingball

September 6th, 2012
7:36 pm

Did the Braves not win, good enough?

reckingball

September 6th, 2012
7:38 pm

I love the AJC blog machine.
Someone check the oil, and clean the windshield while you’re at it.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 6th, 2012
7:42 pm

wow, another blow out win by the braves. we’ll drop half of the remaining games if our offense continues down this slope.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

September 6th, 2012
7:47 pm

Standing room only at the ted

Tumbledown

September 6th, 2012
8:04 pm

After last year, any kind of win in September is a good one!!

JT

September 6th, 2012
8:19 pm

Brian McCann, I think you may want to watch the replay’s to see why you needed and need to be benched. What a sorry ass hitter, almost as bad as Uggla. I hope Fredi sticking with him, does cost him his job, it would be a blessing in disguise.

JT

September 6th, 2012
8:22 pm

Only good thing I saw was the fans starting to Boo McCann and Uggla on their sorry performance.
Janish, is a throw away at bat, but at least that’s what we expected from him, not McCann and Uggla.

BillEGoat

September 6th, 2012
8:46 pm

McCann is VERY obviously injured. He won’t get well until the season is over and he gets surgery. The guy is in there because he is needed. Ross can’t catch every day at his age, and the Braves have nobody else who could do better than an injured McCann. Catching is hard enough when the player is OK physically, but this fellow is HURT. His swing is not anything like it was in the past. He will probably be OK in 2013 UNLESS his vision bothers him. With Uggla, who knows? Other players have had awful seasons and come back strong,

jarhead

September 6th, 2012
8:49 pm

mr semper fi when was u a jarhead

David O'Brien

September 6th, 2012
9:03 pm

There was a brawl in Nats-Cubs game just now, after Harper got hit by a pitch (other incidents earlier).

Ralph

September 6th, 2012
9:18 pm

This race is shaping up to be a replay of last season, final game Braves vs Cards, winner advances. Although it was the Phils in the final game last year it was the Cards that advanced.

Ralph

September 6th, 2012
9:23 pm

BillEGoat

September 6th, 2012
8:46 pm
Could be the case but it is Blind Mac that is getting the playing time while Ross is batting .274, Mac should be the back up for Ross but like the song by Merle Haggard, “old habits are hard to break” and Fruti keeps “send him out there”.

cb795

September 6th, 2012
9:31 pm

Not sure Uggla should take his frustration out on the water cooler, I think he will swing and miss that as well.

PaulG

September 6th, 2012
9:46 pm

Some pathetic comments….in another city fans would be happy their team found a way to win a tight game…..this continued preoccupation with uggly by some indicates some hidden pathology……leave it alone….the team will win with or without him

smallmouth6

September 6th, 2012
9:52 pm

Go Uggla. You have always worked hard and are a good person.

Jeebus Crust

September 6th, 2012
10:01 pm

Surely JC Boscan could provide some relief to mcCann and Rossy, to give them a breather. Might have a career day if they give him a chance. Certainly no worse than McCann with his injuries.

bostonbravo

September 6th, 2012
10:38 pm

anyone honestly thinking that there is a “wittle babee girwl” blogging here about ” dah Bwaves” is sicker than the weirdo who is posting it. Good gravy guys, get a grip.

Henry D.

September 6th, 2012
11:17 pm

Juany? I would punch Gonzalez in the face if he called me that. I knew he was a Bobby Cox wannabe. Juany??

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 6th, 2012
11:57 pm

I joined in 96, I figure I have about 3.5 more years till I have to grow up and get a real job. How about you Jarhead?

longtimefan

September 7th, 2012
6:39 am

Tip to bloggers: click “submit comment” once and wait. To all the whiners above-the Braves pitching has been tremendous. It says something about the mindset of some of the “fans” that they fixate on the stuttering offense and a couple of slumping players rather than being excited that the Braves took 3 of 4 in the series, pitched consecutive shutouts against a good hitting team and are 5 games up in the WC race.

what of it?

September 7th, 2012
8:07 am

So can we get a question to Uggla of when he plans to start picking up the team or at least carry his weight? the team has been carrying his carcass all season

ijudgenot

September 7th, 2012
8:45 am

I agree that McCann is hurt. The guy has always been able to hit anyones fast ball, lefties or righties. He is now swinging through them because his shoulder prevents him from timing them. The injured shoulder is also affecting his catching. He completely missed a high inside pitch to a lefthanded hitter that caused the umpire to get hit flush on the arm. The look on the umpires face was “how did you not get leather on a ball just a bit over letter high? He tried to throw out a runner and the ball bounced five feet in front of second. Ross is banged up also, so why not have Gattis up with Boscan? Boscan for defensive catching and Gattis for hitting and playing a little leftfiel

Tumbledown

September 7th, 2012
8:50 am

longtimefan – I love how positive you are about the braves. I think many fans watch the Braves with the fear that the other shoe is about to drop. I know I have been countlessly disappointed in the past by the Braves late season and post season failures. In this vein, I think fans tend to get fixated on the negative stuff, and it turns into kind of a self-fulfilling prophesy.

It is important to try to isolate this season as separate from the past. The Braves have a chance to author a playoff run, and hopefully thoughts of last season will not pschologically impact this attempt. As fans, let’s try to keep the faith and not get caught up in those negative moments that accompany every single game. It will come down to player execution, plain and simple. Can the Braves make the right pitches and/or come through with timely hitting.? The pitching staff has picked up the offense recently. It will certainly take more offense in future games or a key defensive play in the field. Let’s stay positive as the teams the Braves are competing against for the Wild Card are no jokes.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 7th, 2012
8:50 am

McCann is in rapid decline. He should be put on the DL now to save any value they can on him during the off season.

Tumbledown

September 7th, 2012
8:52 am

psychologically

Lobosolo

September 7th, 2012
9:21 am

Wonder what we could get for you, SemperCry… trade you one blubbering SemperCry for one deluded Larrhoid… throw in a box of alexis’ binkies and you got a deal…. Hey pusssies… again, there is no crying in basaeball… pennant races are tough, not for the weak of heart… take your perpetual whining to the playground…

bobby

September 7th, 2012
9:55 am

Any bets that they don’t win 1-0 today? The pitchers can’t keep pitching shutouts forever.

F. G. Dummas$

September 7th, 2012
10:08 am

Wrong Lobosolo! Uggs cried his way back into the lineup!! SEE You are not know-all of everything!

Huck Finn

September 7th, 2012
10:16 am

DOB – Chipper is awesome and has been since he joined the Braves. Please tell him why the Ted sounds like a morgue. The Atlanta fans are paying their respects to the DEAD bats of the Braves.

Three games against a team with a road-ERA of 4.20 and the Braves can’t score ONE earned run! Unbelievable pitching to win two of the three!

It’s time for a players only meeting where Chipper explains to most of the Braves that it is most acceptable to hit the ball to the opposite field and stop trying to hit a 7-run homer. That’s not a typo – some guys are swinging so hard it’s like they’re trying to “do it all” in one swing. Kudos to Francisco for his bunt against the shift yesterday. I hoped somebody taped that AB and has shown it to McCann.

The Braves need a fire lit under them and Fredi cannot do it. Chipper’s always said that he doesn’t want to manage — but he needs to do it and he needs to start now.

NORRIS CHUCK

September 7th, 2012
10:43 am

Does anyone realize that there is a possiblity we could see the Nationals/Orioles WS???

jim

September 7th, 2012
12:07 pm

The Nats had injury/depth problems at catcher and went out and got Suzuki. The Braves stood pat with an injured/sub-par McCann and now a hurting Ross with nothing more than Boscan to back them up. With 4 dead spots in the lineup, is it any wonder that the other 5 hitters are pressing to take up the slack?

Barbara

September 7th, 2012
1:51 pm

Why did we bring up Boscan if you are not going to play him. Mac ans Ross are not a 100 percent healthy. Also Jose should be playing more. He is exciting to watch and a good hustler he make things happen. Everyone seems to choke when we have men in scoring position. Chipper is having a great year but seems like every time we have a man on first or first an second with one out he hits into a double play. Chipper please bunt in that situation. Oh I forgot Fredi doesn’t allow his team to bunt

TPic

September 7th, 2012
3:25 pm

If McCann is hurt (only the Braves really have that answer) then why the hell is he in the line-up? His defense is as brutal as whoever (other than Prado) plays 3rd base and he hasn’t hit since the All-Star break. Teams aspiring to go to the post-season cannot afford to have the kind of defense at those two positions that the Braves toss out there. At least one of them (Jones) has been hitting. Unfortunately, to win also requires playing the field and running bases.

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