Braves quotes after Friday’s win against Nationals

**FREDI GONZALEZ

Team feed off the crowd?

“I thought they fed off the crowd a little bit, and I thought they fed off of Medlen. They really like playing behind him and the way he goes about his business.”

On having extra players to use on expanded roster in September

“I’m not a real proponent of September call-ups or having 35 guys on the bench, but it helped us today. I’m the first one to say, hey, limit it to 29 or 30. But we took advantage of it today, getting the matchups we wanted.”

On taking wins any way can get them

“We’ll take it. You know what keep putting people on base and something’s going to break. We got 10 hits today, hit the ball hard, had some people on base. We’ll take it. We had a sac fly RBI by Simmons, whatever it takes.”

On Kimbrel striking out the side on 10 pitches in the ninth

“He wasted one pitch too many.” [laughter].

“He feeds off the crowd, too. It was nice to see.”

**KRIS MEDLEN

On setting a career high for strikeouts

“I knew I had a bunch of two-strike counts. I didn’t necessarily know it was that many…. Enough about me. That was a huge win for us, especially against our division rival. A 1-1 game, pitched well from both sides, and our guys battled till the end.”

On the eight strikeouts looking, what was working there?

“My two-seamer felt great tonight. Ones to the lefties really came back for me. Even the couple of them I threw to righties kind of froze them. I don’t know, just one of those nights where everything kind of felt like it was working for me. You go through an entire outing and make just one pitch that you regret throwing, just the worst pitch of the night.” [to Harper]

“I couldn’t even believe he hit that ball where he hit it. It was an unbelievable swing, and you see what the guy’s as good as he is. I made a mistake and he made me pay for it. But came out on top again.”

What was the pitch and where?

“Hanging curveball, up and away. And he tomahawked it into left-center. Like I said, unbelievable piece of hitting, horrible pitch.”

On the crowd

“It was a great crowd. Awesome.”

And then Kimbrel…

“Does his thing. God, he was fired up. That’s what Craig does. He saw how many strikeouts I had, and I heard he was a little jealous in the bullpen room.” [laughter]

“I just hope I finish the season with more strikeouts than him. That’s all I want.”

On it being a big game

“You try not to get too high. You have your gameplan that you’ve talked about, with Rossy this time, and we executed it. We knew what we wanted to do and we just kind of mixed the fastball in to lefties, the change-ups away…it just all worked out.”

On the team winning 20 consecutive starts by Medlen

“It’s something you strive for, to go out and win games. If they’re winning when I’m on the mound, keep running me out there. It’s something I’ve taken pride in my entire life, just winning games, winning no matter what. It’s just worked out that way. I don’t know what it is about me on the mound, but I mean, one of my last starts against Florida in 2010, I gave up five in six innings and we still won the game. So it’s not like I’m throwing zeroes up there all the time.

“They go to battle for me because they know I’ll go to battle for them.”

On Pastornicky’s game-ending groundball

“You don’t really think the game’s going to end that way, especially the way the game was going – really good defense, really good pitching for both sides. We’ll take it.”

**TYLER PASTORNICKY

On the grounder to Desmond that ended the game on E6 throw home

“It’s obviously not what I was trying to do, but it all worked out in the end. A win always feels great, especially against those guys.”

And teammates mobbed you afterward

“Yeah, just like I hit a homer. Oh, man, it’s awesome to get to be a part of that, especially the way this year’s gone for me.”

On pitching they’re getting from Medlen, Kimbrel

“Oh, man, it’s unbelievable. It’s fun to watch, that’s for sure, and I’m glad they’re on our team and not facing us.”

On a walk-off win

“It’s the best adrenaline rush you can get. That’s what we all play for.”

On the game-ending error

“I didn’t know if they were going to try to turn two, so I was trying to get down the line just in case. I didn’t know [he scored] until I hit the bag and everybody was running [from the dugout].”

“It’s a big series for us, and to win it like that, hopefully we can take that momentum and keep it going. Having the crowd behind us and and a good atmosphere like we had tonight, it’s big.”

**MICHAEL BOURN

On his ninth-inning single

“Just trying to put the ball in play. Trying to get [Simmons] over some kind of way, a little base hit or do something at the plate. Simmons started it off…. They were actually playing no doubles on Simmons. Zim was on the line, and when he got it past that hole I knew he had a hit. Then he went from first to third on my ball.

“Pastornicky was able to make [Desmond] rush. With Simmons’ speed, you can’t just play it easy. It was a little bit too his  left, and he had to try to make a difficult throw. It got by the catcher and that’s it, we won.”

On watching Medlen from dugout (Bourn was out of lineup tonight, entered game in 7th)

“Well, I actually have a better perspective when I’m behind him [playing center field] because I can see the ball and see what he’s doing. But he’s hard to figure out, man. I think the best thing about him is he’s smart. He was once a position player before, so he has a feel for what a hitter’s doing and what he’s trying to do. If you watch him, he doesn’t just go off of his stuff. He watches what the hitter’s doing.

“I told him once before, ‘You’re smart,’ and he kind of just walked off like, ‘What?’ I said, ‘You’re smart, man.’ I think your best pitchers are really intelligent. They don’t just go with their stuff, they think it through as the game goes on.”

67 comments Add your comment

BravesFanInBama

September 14th, 2012
11:56 pm

Medlen is unreal…

Spartygw

September 14th, 2012
11:59 pm

Meds is fantasy gold

Tom

September 15th, 2012
12:04 am

tommy hanson tomorrow….. all that i have to say

Humboldt Harry

September 15th, 2012
12:09 am

Mark my words……Medlen and Beachy will be our two big guns on the mound in 2013.

The Brave Californian

September 15th, 2012
12:11 am

Now, if only we had a few clutch hitters………….

ChipperisGod

September 15th, 2012
12:12 am

Meds= absolute beast. I had a feeling Bourn would have his say before the game was over, robbed first time, came through the second time. Good gutsy win overall by this team. Hope Hanson can regain his 2011 first half form somehow tomorrow. Actually pitched decently last time. But that was against… the Mets. So we’ll see.

Go Braves!!!

Alaska Braves Fan

September 15th, 2012
12:26 am

It’s sort of hard at this point not to say that Medlen is a true ace. Some of our pieces aren’t as effective – yeah, like Uggs – but when Medlen pitches, you know you have a very good shot at winning. Of course: Go Braves!

ABF

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
12:30 am

Even Glavine in the radio booth was gushing all over Medlen’s performance…..calling it “outstanding” and even agreeing when Medlen was compared to Maddox in called strikeouts…..

I think Glavine has a clue about pitching and how hard it is…………….and how rare it is to find pin point control pitchers like Medlen….

NorCal Brave

September 15th, 2012
12:31 am

Very happy for Medlen and Kimbrel, without them there’d be no talk of a post season. The rest of the team (especially the offense) just gets to go along for the ride.

Ken Stallings

September 15th, 2012
12:48 am

If the Braves win 90 games, then those chasing them for the Wild Card would have to go something like 16-2 or even 17-1 to tie!

With the results of today’s games coming in, the Braves victory tonight make things look pretty nice. The Pirates have 71 losses, putting them 8 back of the Braves. Both the Phillies and Brewers have 72 losses, which put them 9 back of the Braves with only 17 games left on the schedule. The Dodgers are currently winning against the Cards going to the top of the eighth inning. If the score stands, it would put the Cards 6 back and leave the Dodgers 7 back.

When your magic numbers gets to single digits with nearly twice as many games left to play, you’re in a very secure place.

David Nucelli

September 15th, 2012
12:59 am

Medlen, Beachy, Minor = Maddux, Smoltz, Glavine. It’s obviously a bit premature, however the similarities are undeniable.

BravesfaninAugusta

September 15th, 2012
1:02 am

Medlen is amazing

Ken Stallings

September 15th, 2012
1:05 am

Dodgers now lead the Cards 8-4 in the top of the eighth.

No one gives the Braves any realitic shot at catching the Nats, but the fact is that the Braves lead in the Wild Card is almost identical to their own lead over the Dodgers who are now the closest challenger to the Wild Card at 7 back in the loss column.

Braves magic number over the Dodgers would stand at 11 should the Dodgers beat the Cards tonight. Frankly, the Braves winning just eight more over their last 17 games would put it out of reach for any other team. That would be 90 games and so again I think that’s the final mark the Braves need to reach.

Nevada Roy

September 15th, 2012
1:11 am

I think Simmons could bat second which would allow Prado to move down where he could drive in more runs and Uggla to move to the less critical eighth spot. How would this look?

1 Bourn
2 Simmons
3 Hayward
4 Jones
5 Freeman
6 Prado
7 McCann
8 Uggla

Lefty/righty mix 1-8.

lee maye

September 15th, 2012
1:30 am

Braves Magic #’s

Cards 12
LA 11
Pitt 10
Milwk 9
Phil 9
Ariz 8
SD 5
Mets 3
Miami out

not 2011

September 15th, 2012
2:01 am

It’s a new generation.

Fredo

September 15th, 2012
4:23 am

Braves haven’t won a series vs the Nats this year .. lets see if tomorrow’s game looks like they’ll continue to follow that trend

john poppadoppogoppoulas

September 15th, 2012
7:18 am

On a losing streak? Take Meds and call me in the morning.

BRAVESFAN

September 15th, 2012
7:33 am

Not hard to tell that the team feeds on the fans being there at the game. What else would you guys rather do today but see the Braves beat the gnats?

Bill M.

September 15th, 2012
8:06 am

Medlen is amazing. The only way that the Braves go far in playoff’s is to have 4 more Medlen’s.

longtimefan

September 15th, 2012
8:13 am

Anyone notice in other post game game comments that Davey Johnson “tipped his cap” to us? Also, nice managing job by FG putting Kimbrel in a tie game in 9th. Might have won us the game.

JT

September 15th, 2012
8:29 am

Damn Uggla, he’s back to upper cutting the ball. I was at game last night and he hit two balls so high, I think, that if he had straightened them out they would have been out of Turner Field. This guy has no clue to what he is doing wrong nor do I think he cares. Lousy hitter!

Brave New World

September 15th, 2012
8:29 am

Ken Stallings: Agree with you on the 90 wins. That will almost certainly be enough for a wild card spot in the playoffs. One game playoff? Now let me think about who the Braves should start in that game…hmmmmmedlen!

JT

September 15th, 2012
8:31 am

Got tickets to today’s game, Hanson pitching, Yikes!! Jackson pitching. Double Yikes !!!!

dylan jones

September 15th, 2012
8:35 am

Rotation next year.
1. Huddy
2. Medlen
3. Minor
4. Teheran
5. Hopefully not maholm. Id rather see delgado until beachy gets back

darrell starks

September 15th, 2012
8:45 am

Braves are not scoring any runs at all.

Fredi must change the batting lineup and move Simmons in the 2 hole.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

September 15th, 2012
8:47 am

dylan jones, If Fredie is a smart coach he would make Medlen your ace pitcher come playoffs, Medlen right now is the best pitcher in baseball.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

September 15th, 2012
8:54 am

Batting lineup.

1. BOURN CF

2. SIMMONS SS

3. PRADO LF

4. HEYWARD RF

5. FREEMAN 1B

6. CHIPPER 3B

7. UGGLA 2B

8. MCCANN CATCHER

Let Mccann and Uggla struggle at the bottom of the lineup, Chipper shouldn’t be batting 4th, let the young guns with faster legs bat at the top of the lineup.

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bravesgrl4life

September 15th, 2012
9:10 am

I’ll take beating the Nats any way we can get a win.

Joey

September 15th, 2012
9:14 am

Medlin has to be MLB’s Comeback Player of the Year.

Go Braves!

Hit a little!

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
9:19 am

Bravesfan………….

The team absolutely does’t “feed” on the crowd….once more they win by benefit of an unearned run as a result of two rookies….Simmons and Pastornicky. Bourn was so due to come thru it was almost impossible that he didn’t .

The rest of the bats were again pretty silent, especially with RISP.

Joey

September 15th, 2012
9:19 am

I agree Darrell. Not to mention putting those three at the bottom might wake up their bats, with the pressure off.

Joey

September 15th, 2012
9:23 am

the truth…, it’s still a W, though. We lost a bunch of those games last September – good to win a couple this September.

Surely the law of averages will apply to the other hitters regarding RISP.

Surely . . .

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
9:33 am

Joey,

….don’t get me wrong…the win is a win and a big one once more…But the bats are about as silent as they were two or three weeks ago. As you say it sure does feel better than it did in 2011.

What bothers me is that the front office and dugout management completely missed or refused to recognize the reality that Simmons and Medlen belonged where they are now. Since Simmons has been back this past week, he has been involved in two wins …. offensively…..

…..and of course Medlen…………..

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
9:33 am

Joey,

….don’t get me wrong…the win is a win and a big one once more…But the bats are about as silent as they were two or three weeks ago. As you say it sure does feel better than it did in 2011.

What bothers me is that the front office and dugout management completely missed or refused to recognize the reality that Simmons and Medlen belonged where they are now. Since Simmons has been back this past week, he has been involved in two wins …. offensively…..

…..and of course Medlen…………..

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
9:33 am

Joey,

….don’t get me wrong…the win is a win and a big one once more…But the bats are about as silent as they were two or three weeks ago. As you say it sure does feel better than it did in 2011.

What bothers me is that the front office and dugout management completely missed or refused to recognize the reality that Simmons and Medlen belonged where they are now. Since Simmons has been back this past week, he has been involved in two wins …. offensively…..

…..and of course Medlen…………..

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
9:33 am

Joey,

….don’t get me wrong…the win is a win and a big one once more…But the bats are about as silent as they were two or three weeks ago. As you say it sure does feel better than it did in 2011.

What bothers me is that the front office and dugout management completely missed or refused to recognize the reality that Simmons and Medlen belonged where they are now. Since Simmons has been back this past week, he has been involved in two wins …. offensively…..

…..and of course Medlen…………..

freebird56

September 15th, 2012
9:38 am

I saw a blog almost wor for word as mine posted under risp.Its amazing 2
guys that don”t know each other have same ideas!Now I will tell you dreamers who made the big show the bad thing about that dime.Really its simple.You guys will implode! Do you want that?I did not think so!

freebird56

September 15th, 2012
9:45 am

Bring up the guy that I HOPE BATS RH, catches, let him pinch hit & start
some.Name escapes me, so I will go minor leagues roster till I find him.
Bats w/power.Has no fear.

longtimefan

September 15th, 2012
9:49 am

the truth is you only have the click submit once and exhibit a little patience.

bobby

September 15th, 2012
9:55 am

DOB said that if the Braves hit with RISP that they wouldn’t be struggling. That is true but if a Bullfrog walked erect, he wouldn’t bust his butt when he hopped. About as good of chance of him walking as it is of the Braves hitting.

steve

September 15th, 2012
9:56 am

I understand F.G. comment about not having so many players because of Sept. callups because he has a hard enough time managing or should I say watching 25 players,when Bourne or Johnson get on Prado seems to never get a hit, gee maybe we need to use our no.2 hitter whom rarely strikes out as more of a hit and run type hitter and open up some holes for him, this team needs someone that actually manages the game for them and we have mr. clueless , also Uggla needs to close his stance and quit using the toe tap for timing because it only makes matters worse as he is constantly moving his feet all over the place , he has very little balance which is one of the most important things if you ever expect to be consistent as far as trying to hit a baseball or even golf ball, balance and alignment are 2 important elements in all of sports, please close your stance and quit moving your feet all overthe place.

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
9:56 am

sometimes the AJC server barfs and does double posts….I think this was one of those….

….but staying patient is difficult these days….

the truth...

September 15th, 2012
10:00 am

Steve…………Uggla is in love with two things….his bulging biceps and the home run trot…………

…he cannot keep the back shoulder up and focus on line drives and the result is his snearing walks back to the dugout time and time again….

Barbara

September 15th, 2012
10:06 am

Medlen deserved the win. Again and again cannot hit with RISP. That is a rally buster and a killer. This has got to stop if the Braves plan on going anywhere in October. Fredi needs to start using more of his bench players that came up to help in September. GO BRAVES

Fredi Gonzalez

September 15th, 2012
10:13 am

I think Medlen would help us more out of the bullpen.

I have Hanson or Jurrjens penciled in for the wildcard start.

bobbymahlon

September 15th, 2012
10:16 am

Sure great to have Simmons back as he makes things happen (knocked in one run and scored the winning run). I like some other people would like to see him bat higher in the lineup and drop Uggla to eight.

64 year Ct. Braves fan

September 15th, 2012
10:32 am

Steve is absolutely right on Uggla. Can’t the coaches get him to change? If not bench him.
Also after leadoff man (Bourne or whoever) they should play hit and run with Prado, who should hit
the first strike (he always takes it so the pitchers throw it right down the middle). Frtedi does not
manage aggressively. He manages not to lose.

reckingball

September 15th, 2012
10:36 am

The Braves had 10 hits to the Nats 4 hits, the last time I checked.
Also, the Nats LFer made a couple of excellent plays on hard hit balls by a couple of Braves batters.
They just need to start stringing some of those hits together, and have a little bit more good fortune fall their way, especially with RISP.

reckingball

September 15th, 2012
10:40 am

Confusius says….Managing not to lose, is a whole lot like, managing to win.

longtimefan

September 15th, 2012
11:33 am

Steve, I am sure when the professional hitting coaches, MLB players and managers who have done this for a lifetime and are in the Big Show for a reason(they are the best of the best) read your insightful post, the ensuing epiphany will result in major changes that will catapult the Braves to the WS championship. As a true Braves fan, I that you as does I’m sure Dan Uggla and FG.

74bravesjersey

September 15th, 2012
11:38 am

@Fredi Gonzalez; I believe you man, I believe you would do it just like that, cause you’re loyal & true, you like those guys, there two good guys, & you trust them. HaHaHa, You got a big LOL man! I was just a holler’n when you pinched hit for Meds, I think he could’ve pitched one more inning, probably could’ve struck out 15, glad O’Flaherty was on, I still feel Meds had enough in the tank to go nine, too bad the offence couldn’t produce more runs. Meds deserved the win, he’s crafty, o’l Meddog is crafty. Meds wasn’t slowin’ down at all, & the pinch hitter didn’t do a thing in his spot, if he’s hot, & leading off the next inning in a tie game, let ‘em hit for himself, he look too good to come out in a tie game, Yeah I was thinkin’ he pitched too good not to get any credit against the nats.

74bravesjersey

September 15th, 2012
11:47 am

I’m a propone it for two more dudes that deserved a spot for the call-ups, & wouldn’t hurt the budget if he allowed them to experience the show(as they say), & I’ve advocated for them quite some time, Gattis,Mejia, they’ve had decent years, good avg.(s) w/ pop to prove it. & the way everybody else’s been hitt’n, it wouldn’t hurt. Would’ve brought fresh spark, you never know, Gattis has good ratio in ab’s making contact, good idea of the strike zone, naahh, he wouldn’t broke the bank. Given a shot he might’ve been clutch,mabey not, but couldn’t do any worse than what we’ve seen.

74bravesjersey

September 15th, 2012
11:52 am

@fredi Gonzales 10;13 post, know you just fool’n, but I wouldn’t doubt the real fredi would really say that, I believe he would.

Frankie Wren

September 15th, 2012
12:14 pm

@74bravesjersey – Gattis and Mejia are not on the 40 man roster and not eligible for call ups or playoffs.

Not buying it

September 15th, 2012
12:40 pm

Unless the Braves offense starts to pick up, the Braves are in trouble. There is no way the pitching staff can continue to only give up 1 run or less in order for the Braves to win. That’s asking way too much of them. Generally it should be giving up 3 runs or less should win you the ball game. However, for this ball club, they’ve been struggling to provide run support. I hope they get their act together offensively.

Who Me?

September 15th, 2012
1:04 pm

mm mm mm…don’t like our odds with Hanson on the mound, we’ll be playing from behind too much tonight. We’ll get a lot of RISP opportunities but we all know how much we’ve struggled with that this month. Hanson struggles keeping the ball down in the zone consistently. These guys will eat his lunch leaving pitches up and in or high. Pray for 5 innings and some studly relief…

lee maye

September 15th, 2012
1:55 pm

Frankie Wren: Not exactly true. They are eligible to be brought up by Braves if Braves mgt wanted to. They could easily be put on the 40 man roster. Instead, we have bums like Lyle Overbay, Home Run Baker who once led the league with 12; Hinske; and the 42 year old pitcher. Not to mention a couple of injured players who could be moved to the 60 day DL.

Fredi is a fool. He said he is not a proponent of expanded rosters. Should have had the speedy Durango up too to run for the slow footed McCann and others. Expanded rosters with a good mgr means more wins and a rested pitching staff. Fredi doesn’t like that.

Dum-Bass

September 15th, 2012
1:58 pm

FG and the Braves got “lucky” really. That was the perfect spot to be bunting, either a squeeze or safety squeeze. That was close to being a disaster, all because Fredi G doesn’t know “small ball” or how to manufacture runs. It will bite him in the buttocks in the end(no ten inpunded), just wait and see! He is totally inept!

Frankie Wren

September 15th, 2012
2:19 pm

@lee maye- Only agree with the 41 year old Bautista not being on the 40 man, but another reason the Braves mgmt didn’t do it is because they don’t want to start the money clock on Gattis, Mejia, etc… My guess is they are trying to keep as much as they can of that Liberty money.

bobbymahlon

September 15th, 2012
2:52 pm

Lee Maye sept15th @1:55pm The way I understand it is the way you said it on the above blog. They both have right hand power something we don’t have and I have been saying call them up for the last two months. They and anybody not on the 25 man roster as of Sept 1 is not eligble for the playoffs unless somebody gets injured.

jim

September 15th, 2012
3:07 pm

There was a third pitcher who did a sparkling job last night too. With the adulation due for Medlen and Kimbrel, don’t forget about EOF. He had to get through Werth, Harper, and Zimmermanin the 8th to get the game to Kimbrel in the 9th. Great job by ALL 3!

Agree with the posts about using 40 man roster spots for Gattis and Mejia instead of Overbay and Bautista. There should not be a lot of concedrn about starting the clock too early for either one, since Mejia is not a long-term prospect in the Braves’ planning, and Gattis is old for a AA player and will be in his 30’s when he first reachesw free agent eligibility. The could give the Braves more potent bats off the bench, and could not be worse than Overbay, Hinske, Baker.

Agree that Simmons needs to be moved up higher in the batting order. In today’s game he is put in the Black Hole between Francisco, Uggla, and the pitcher. Not an ideal location to “keep the line moving” with any offense he contributes short of a solo HR.

least of the east

September 15th, 2012
4:00 pm

have Teheran or Delgado pitched yet ? Fredi G still thinks he can only use 25 guys. this fool would consider starting Jurgens in the wild card 1 game playoff.(except he may not be eligible)
expect to lose next 2 vs Nats

right now, Medlen is only consistent pitcher for more than 5 innings.
Sheets should be reinstated if Hanson has another unimpressive outing today.

Bronke

September 15th, 2012
4:21 pm

Tell the truth everybody. How many of you will be glad when Tommy Hanson is no longer on the Braves roster?

74bravesjersey

September 15th, 2012
6:46 pm

@Frankie Wren; Thanks for the heads up, I wished possibly you could’ve had them on the 40 man, will they both be considered next year?

74bravesjersey

September 15th, 2012
6:46 pm

@Frankie Wren; Thanks for the heads up, I wished possibly you could’ve had them on the 40 man, will they both be considered next year?

74bravesjersey

September 15th, 2012
6:48 pm

Dang! Ya’ll excuse o’l fumble fingers, hit enter twice. @Frankie, I & my ignorance stand corrected, as usual.

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