Braves quotes after Saturday’s win over Nationals

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On the game

“Great team win, crazy win, especially the way those first two innings started. We kicked the ball around, really that second inning. I thought Tommy did a great job the next three innings settling down. I thought his last two innings might have been his best two innings of the game. He kept his head and kept us in the ballgame and we just kept scoring some runs. Freeman had a great night offensively and Danny with the double. And we win a ball game on a hit by pitch. It seems like we’ve been winning some ballgames in crazy ways, but we’ll take it. Sometimes you lose in crazy ways also.”

On if Hanson just missing early on

“I thought so. I didn’t see anything glaring other than he gave up a two-run homer to Rochy. And then we that second inning we kind of played Bad News Bear baseball and luckily only gave up two runs. But the guys spirits stayed in there, in the fight. We kept crawling back, crawling back, and we ended up winning.”

On the call at first base that went the Braves’ way

“I haven’t seen it, if he was off the bag, on the bag, so I can’t comment on that right now.”

You think Freeman’s error fired him up?

“Probably. He takes a lot of pride in his defense, he really does. And I think he’s one of the best ones in the league. And maybe that embarrassed him a little bit. I don’t think my gut could take that type of embarrassment for his bat to get going but whatever it takes. Good for him that he stayed in the fight.”

On Boscan’s error in ninth

“Well you’ve got a guy there he can run. We know exactly that’s what he’s here for, Perez. You’ve got to get him some guts for them to steal the bag there. And it did and we threw it away and now we got a man on third base and anything can happen. A wild pitch ties the game but Craig has been pretty good. He’s been nails.”

On going more than one inning with Venters

“Gut feeling. And earlier that inning we’ve used him before. I think he’s pitched in the sixth when he was coming back from his arm thing. We were just trying to match up a little bit. Jonny’s got some pretty good success against that part of the order and we were trying to optimize that.”

On winning three in a row vs. Nats (two this series)

“It’s important because our eyes are still on trying to get the division because the wild card is so hard and so difficult with the one-game playoff. But at the very least if we don’t catch them because they’ve got a good club you could hang your hat, and say, we may meet them after the first round, the play-in playoff game. if it ends right now, we’d play them. and it’s always good to play good with your opponent the last time you’ve seen them.”

On McCann’s status

“It’s a right hamstring tendinitis right behind the right knee. Couldn’t tell you what happened, when it happened. But it’s been bothering him and obviously a big game like this he doesn’t want to come out of the game. But Rossy did a terrific job getting those relievers through that game. You forget about those guys sometimes. They threw four scoreless innings after Tommy left, and through some tough times. Avilan was a big out there in the seventh, first and third with two outs and Harper. That was a big out.”

McCann’s injury happen before Saturday’s game?

“I don’t know exactly when he aggravated or if it was a couple days ago. We’re going to go day to day, hopefully Monday or Tuesday he could crank it up again.”

**FREDDIE FREEMAN

On his second-inning error

“It was unfortunate. It led to two runs. I came up right after that, so I wanted to get things started. I was lucky to get one down the line.”

On coming back from a 4-0 deficit

“Definitely against these guys, who want to bury us every time they play us, it was a big win. We were able to come back and get some runs, get closer and get the big home run [from Heyward] to tie us up. And Tommy battled. We didn’t really help him out much in the first two innings.”

You feel like y’all still have a shot at winning the division?

“Have they won the division yet? No, they haven’t. So obviously we do.”

On beating the Nationals three in a row, twice in this series, good for confidence going into postseason?

“Obviously. This is the No. 1 team in the National League and we’re playing them tough. We’ve beat them twice now and we have a chance to sweep them tomorrow. Hopefully we can get a good pitching performance and put some runs on the board.”

Were you thinking cycle after getting the homer, triple and single?

“Obviously. I’ve never had one of those before. I got a pitch to hit and I just got under it a little bit.”

**JASON HEYWARD

On the win

“Huge win, team win, way to come out and battle back against the best team in the game. They jumped ahead of us, we hung in there. Tommy didn’t give up. He kept them right there, and the bullpen did a great job as well. Our defense woke up and we just did what we could at the plate, stayed patient and got some big hits.”

On his recent homers, this one a big one

“Big hits are what’s going to make it the easiest way to get it done this time of year. It’s not always going to happen, but most definitely when you’re able to tie the game with a two-run homer it puts a lot of pressure on the other team to try to answer back. We just kind of got some momentum back our way, and it was good to hold onto it.”

Does this make winning the division seem more realistic?

“Winning this series makes it more realistic. Our mindset is to go after the division [title] until you can’t. That’s the way you have to look at it. You don’t settle for anything until time is up. Right now we’ve got a chance to win the division still. We’ve got to keep playing good baseball, we’ve got to keep hanging in there, and everything else will take care of itself.”

On importance of this series after getting swept at Milwaukee

“At this point in the year it’s a playoff atmosphere and you’re going to have to find ways to win. Any way you can do it, whether it’s ugly, pretty, it doesn’t matter. It’s huge to win two games after losing three in a row [at Milwaukee], because you don’t want to let other teams gain ground on you that are behind you, and you would like to gain some ground on this team that’s in front of you.”

Get a feeling you can beat this team now?

“It’s a really good team, obviously. Best record in the game. I feel like the last few times we’ve played them we’ve done better. We’ve taken strides, just tried to keep battling them. This team has had success against us over the past few years, regardless of where they’ve been in the standings. So we’re trying to hang in there, make adjustments, stay in the games. They got up big on us one time in D.C. and we were able to hang in there and win that game.

“You look at it and say it would have been nice to win that series, but to go in somebody’s house and play four games, it’s nice to take two at least.”

**TOMMY HANSON

On the win

“To beat them two games in a row and have a chance for the sweep tomorrow is awesome. They’re obviously in our division and a rival or ours. So these last two wins have been huge.”

On the one pitch to LaRoche and the ugly second inning

“Yeah, that was not a fun second inning at all. But yeah, I left a pitch up to Jayson Werth [leadoff single in first inning], got a couple of punchouts, then an 0-1 curveball to LaRoche that he hit out. Then the second inning was a debacle. I start out the inning striking the guy out, then walked a guy, had him 0-2 and thought he laid off some pretty good pitches. Then the next guy, the ground ball to Freddie that was misplayed, and then the bunt where I ate up a bunch of grass and then decided to throw it into right field.

“So it wasn’t getting easy getting through that inning, but after that I felt pretty good and felt good with all my pitches, until the time came where we needed to get a hitter in there. We’re down by three runs and I’m hitting 0-20 whatever, we need to get someone in there that can swing the bat.”

More on his error, after he fielded bunt and slipped

“I probably should have held the ball there, but I threw it and it wasn’t a good throw.”

– Quotes compiled by Carroll Rogers and David O’Brien

50 comments Add your comment

LT

September 15th, 2012
9:00 pm

Brandon

September 15th, 2012
9:01 pm

Where are you Matt?

Ekim

September 15th, 2012
9:09 pm

Thanks, DOB and Carroll.

Oh'man

September 15th, 2012
9:13 pm

Whats up with Freeman and the word “obviously” lol

NorCal Brave

September 15th, 2012
9:16 pm

Again, I’m happy for the guys, especially Freeman. It’s no comfort to see the defensive lapses and, of course, failure to convert scoring chances. We’ll have to improve those areas immensely to advance in the playoffs.

optimistic brave fan

September 15th, 2012
9:18 pm

6.5 games back…. the braves still have a chance for win the division title…

braves will play one more vs WSH, 3 at MIA ,3 at PHI ,3 vs Miami, 3 vs NYM, and 3 at PIT….
nats will play one more at ATL, 3 vs LA, 4 vs brewers, 3 at PHI , 3 at STL, and 3 vs PHI

So the braves needs to win 12-4. and nats 6-11 for tie them

but im not sure about the tie-breaker for division title….a 163 game? or record vs east division¡?

Bravesfaninnc

September 15th, 2012
9:26 pm

@optimistic brave fan I think the Braves can catch the Nats but order to that they will have to win tomorrow and then sweep the Fish and the Philles Sweep the Mets and win 2 out of 3 against the Bucs. The Nats will their reaming schedule is much hard then the Braves is what will help the Nats that the the 4 games against LA will be in DC. Winning the east will be great but either way if we get to host for one playoff game either the Cards or LA or someone-else I have a feeling that we will be able to win that game. Keep in mind everyone that at that this time last year we were cold while the Cards were hot. I don’t see any team behind us who is very hot right now in the WC that we will have to worry about.

TONETONE

September 15th, 2012
9:26 pm

Sorry! The BRAVES will never sweep the nats. How can you sweep a team, when you can’t score with the bases loaded with no one out. I hate to see the bases loaded, because you know what’s coming next.. FIRST, a strikeout—SECOND–a popout up in the infield—THIRD–a ground ball to second base. They(the BRAVES)are predictable.

TONETONE

September 15th, 2012
9:27 pm

What has happened to JOHNNY VENTERS? Is he the next DEREK LOWE?

PaulG

September 15th, 2012
10:01 pm

I can’t believe the number of disparaging comments in this & the last set of blogs…you win any way you can….the same as any other team…..do you think other teams don’t have their problems with RSIP, errors etc….that other teams have some players underperforming?

ChipperisGod

September 15th, 2012
10:16 pm

Venters was great today. Get the negativity out of here ToneTone. Nats missed plenty of opportunities, too.

Quack Quack

September 15th, 2012
10:27 pm

I nominate Simba for an Academy Award. Great “Team” win. Nice to see some scrapping to put some plays together. Lets sweep them Gnats right out of town.

GO BRAVES!!!

Ken Stallings

September 15th, 2012
10:43 pm

I can tell you exactly when McCann’s knee injury happened. It was when that foul tip smacked directly into the inside buckle snap of his right shin protector. All that protects that area of the inner knee is a thin elastic strap. So, I can easily see tendon related injury coming from it.

reckingball

September 15th, 2012
11:17 pm

Yeaaaaaaaaa Braves, 1st base ump, and Simmon’s jersey.
go braves, sweep those Nats, out of town!

yaz

September 15th, 2012
11:57 pm

@ ToneYTone. Leave this blog to people who actually follow baseball. Sorry wins seem to upset you. Maybe we will lose one in your honor so you can celebrate.

Who Me?

September 16th, 2012
12:20 am

September W’s are a great barometer of where your team is headed in the postseason. You want to be building steam for the post-season, how you build that head of steam really isn’t important. It is so important that your team not back into the playoffs. Win the bulk of these last 20 or so games and ride the mo.

we were 1 for 8 with RISP this afternoon and 8 LOB so the offense ain’t right yet. Bring Gattis up for cup of coffee, sit Uggla and McCann for a while. Bourn needs a couple of nights off too to clear his head but AFTER the Nats leave town.

Who Me?

September 16th, 2012
12:29 am

Anybody else question Boscan’s throw to 2nd with 1 out in the ninth with Kimbrel on the mound?? yeah it’s a one run game but – I don’t know, I guess that decision could go either way but wouldn’t it have been better for him to let the runner take second there?

jj

September 16th, 2012
12:55 am

Glad Fredi realized Jason had a big hit in this game.He always seem to leave him out,but he never forgets Uggla.Good stroke Jason and glad ES is back.GO BRAVES……..IT AIN’T OVER YET

Nerdville

September 16th, 2012
5:23 am

they have had some luck in the first two games. today they have a chance to really do something; sweep a very good team. they need to win this one straight out, no help from the umps and/or nats and to start hitting. do that today and that might finally get this team fired up and serious about post season and also shake the nats confidence a bit.

Paul Gendreau

September 16th, 2012
7:56 am

so nerdvile…from the comfort of your house your prescient powers-no need to be in the clubhouse or interview the players themselves- tell you that the Braves have a deficit in in”fired-upness”,.confidence etc…& , of course, to come to these conclusions you somehow know that the Braves are lacking in these qualities compared to the Nats & other contenders?
Wonderful stuff…the worls needs your magical powers

Carl Farvman

September 16th, 2012
8:09 am

The win aside for a moment, Fredi and Frank need to go.

longtimefan

September 16th, 2012
8:35 am

Carl, check the standing. The Braves are actually up 7 games against the 2nd place WC team. You don’t fire your manager and GM for putting a winning product on the field. Just a little tip for you. And to apply a little logic-if FW is terrible at drafting and signing players than FG has done a terrific job working with a mediocre group of players. Otherwise FW has done a great job amassing a talented core of young players (Heyward,Freeman,Simmons,Kimbrel,Medlen,Teheran,Minor etc) under control for several years and FG has done a good job of managing them. Your comment makes no sense.

74bravesjersey

September 16th, 2012
8:55 am

I stand corrected for Gattis not being on the 40 man roster, is it still paying major league minimum to sign him on? If McCann is hurt, I believe Gattis would be a much more suited backup than Boscan, & he does have a stronger bat. Would this hurt the budget, I hear people say the Braves don’t want to spend the money to bring him up. I need to be educated on this, Bethancourt available? @Who Me? 12:29am; good point. Can they still call up someone not on the 40 man roster, gosh, I know I must be gett’n on everybody’s nerves about Gattis, makin’ a big deal, but just got a feel’n about some talent under the Braves noses, waist’n away, until they might release him, he may go some where else & really make good, & hate for it to be one of those situations, yeah, we use to have him in our organization, man, I know he was part of that big Tex deal, but I miss Big Salty, though at the time you had McCann young producing, one of those things. Gosh! Ya’ll forgive me for harp’n on Gattis or & Mejia, they should’ve been included on the 40 man, Durango was, he should’ve been given a shot.

henry tn

September 16th, 2012
9:20 am

@ matt when are you ever going to learn that your bible is no more than 2-6 thousand year old ignorance, go peddle your ignorance in a hypocrite social club called a church….

Buddy Landel

September 16th, 2012
9:29 am

TONETONE

September 15th, 2012
9:26 pm

Sorry! The BRAVES will never sweep the nats. How can you sweep a team, when you can’t score with the bases loaded with no one out. I hate to see the bases loaded, because you know what’s coming next
++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
This is the leader in the clubhouse for dumbest post of the day. Unless Amber Girl or one of her 13 screen names appears, this one will be tough to beat.

Quack Quack

September 16th, 2012
9:58 am

Speaking of dumbest posts, try reading yours. He who pointed out a poster the other day for calling someone else a name. Let it go Buddy.

Lets Sweep Today!!

GO BRAVES!!!

Amber Girl

September 16th, 2012
10:04 am

Good morning Mr Ouack Ouack Love those Braves. Go Braves Sweep Nats.

Brave New World

September 16th, 2012
10:15 am

ToneTone: You sound like a scared pup. Are you proud that your Gnats have a chance to win 1 game out of 3, or are you scared that they will be swept? Since the Gnats have a proud history of being division doormats it is understandable why you’re waiting for your team to revert to being losers. But fear not, whether the Braves sweep them tonight or not, the 2012 Gnats are for real – they are a good team (for once). GO (for the sweep) BRAVES!

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Buddy Landel

September 16th, 2012
10:54 am

What a shocker!! Amber Girl and Quack Quack show up at the same time…..again

Quack Quack

September 16th, 2012
10:57 am

Good morning Amber Girl. Yeah, how ’bout them Bravos!! We seem to be pulling rabbits out of a hat, but a win is a win. Love to see the sweep tonight.

GO BRAVES!!!

Quack Quack

September 16th, 2012
10:58 am

@Buddy, so whats your point?

Who Me?

September 16th, 2012
12:36 pm

@henry tn – dude. seriously? you need help.

74bravesjersey

September 16th, 2012
1:18 pm

Ok, The bats gotta make “Gio” work out there, Walk, Fletch, gotta get in there minds study’n previous at bats w/”Gio” have an approach up there, work the count, don’t give in, get suckered into his pitches, make him be the sucker throw’n you’re pitch, in you’re zone tonight. Don’t make easy outs, keep quality at bats, battle when get to 2 strikes, be tough outs, stay alive w/ 2 strikes, ain’t he going for big “20″ tonight? Well let’s not let em’ in our yard, c’mon bravos, battle in the at-bats, put the heat on ‘em, make ‘em know what it feels like. NO EASY OUTS, everybody hits, everybody scores!

74bravesjersey

September 16th, 2012
1:30 pm

Guys, make adjustments on “Gio” tonight, He’d love to pull #20 out against us tonight, let’s not let that happen, battle in you’re at-bats, don’t give in to him(his pitches) look for you’rs in you’re zone,battle w/2 strikes. Stay alive, keep fouling off until he gives in to you. Go up there w/ the approach, lookin’ dead red early in the count, go w/ the pitch, drive it baby. Make ‘em work hard tonight, you’ve done it in the past against other marqee aces, you can do it again. Time’n & clutch hitt’n again Bravos!

Jack Lill

September 16th, 2012
2:38 pm

Ole 5 innins Hanson. He needs to go to the bullpen. Get rid of Fredi

Ralph

September 16th, 2012
3:26 pm

Seems like Simba is always in the thick of the action, glad we got him back in the line-up.

Ralph

September 16th, 2012
3:28 pm

74bravesjersey

September 16th, 2012
1:30 pm

Sounds easy doesn’t it!

Dick Tracy

September 16th, 2012
3:34 pm

It’s that wierd-o dude impersonating a little girl again, why don’t you and Quak-Quak go and join your other buddy Whisky River, all the same prson Amber Girl.

John

September 16th, 2012
3:46 pm

At least they talk brave baseball and not hiding behind a bully name, You would rather be a bully than eat. Save it for the school yard and grow up.

Dick Tracy

September 16th, 2012
4:18 pm

I forgot to add Samantha to that list.

HAL

September 16th, 2012
5:52 pm

dick tracy at least the first name seems too fit lol

DonofAcworth

September 16th, 2012
5:53 pm

One game at a time and one series at a time…we’re plugging along with all the “hit’s” and “misses” so if hitting does start edgeing up to where the pitching is we may really
be coming together at the right time after all dispite all of the dumb calls by Fredi who still does not understand when to bunt….. but that’s okay he doesn’t understand when to meet
the ball either or when to start a runner or NOT!

74bravesjersey

September 16th, 2012
7:06 pm

@Ralph; Yeah lol; Hey man, I’m just rant’n & rav’n about plate discipline just hope’n they’ll show some against one of the best in the business. & nah, I’m no hitt’n coach. These are things I’ve told my daughter (11 yrs. of travelball-fastpitch) My boy for 12yrs. of baseball, & my 8yr.old in rec. league fastpitch. Man, what’s a line-up full of million-airs gonna do listeni’n to jerk-wads like me, they probably get a kick out of all the stuff I say, man just like alot of the bloggers here would, like you ralph, you know (or ya’ll know) how crazy I get on here, but ain’t it weird how things like this make the world go around. Sorry to be so late respond’n Ralph, if you’re still pick up here again, I had to take care of some required duties. Man I know everyone’s glad that awaist of blogg’n space like me gets out of the way every so often. Hey, no matter what, all you DOB BRAVO BLOGGERS pull our Bravos thru tonight for a sweep. That’ll be awesome. Stay Cool Ralph.

74bravesjersey

September 16th, 2012
7:13 pm

Hey, Ralph, I look back read’n some of what I’ve said, & yeah, I shake my head wander’n this dude(me) needs some therapy, ya’ll pretty good source to come for some help. Have a good one, everyone.

74bravesjersey

September 16th, 2012
7:13 pm

Hey, Ralph, I look back read’n some of what I’ve said, & yeah, I shake my head wander’n this dude(me) needs some therapy, ya’ll pretty good source to come for some help. Have a good one, everyone.

74bravesjersey

September 16th, 2012
7:14 pm

Dang it! fumbled twice again, Help!

Ralph

September 16th, 2012
7:19 pm

74bravesjersey

Hav another beer, you’ll be ok.

74bravesjersey

September 17th, 2012
8:46 am

@Ralph; Thanks Bud, this ones for you, glad they didn’t let “Gio” have #20 here, & a sweep to boot!

Karen

September 28th, 2012
11:17 pm

Donnalin Posted on Stumbled upon your blog and I LOVE it!!! Gives me the courage to keep on tniryg even though most of my crafty ideas look sooooo much better in my head you inspire me LOL!!!! Have a great one.

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