Braves quotes after Tuesday’s loss to Marlins

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On tying in 9th, losing in 10th

“We came back and scored three and tied it, and felt pretty good that we were going to have a chance to win the game. We had, what, first and third, with two outs there in the ninth? But we couldn’t get the last knock.

“These guys battled through a tough night facing Eovaldi. He was really, really good. I have’t seen a starter pitch that deep in the ballgame still cranking 97, 98 miles an hour on the fastball. It’s been a while since we’ve seen that. We come in in the ninth inning, tie the ballgame up, and feel like we’ve got a good chance.

“We got out of that bottom of the ninth with Jonny and Gearrin, feel like we’ve still got a chance. And then we just couldn’t get out of the other jam, with Gearrin in the 10th.”

Did you think the odd configuration and angles of the 420-feet center-field fence might have thrown off Bourn on the triple?

“I haven’t even asked him so I’m talking out of school here, but it looked like one of those where, you know how outfielders have their timing, and he just kept going back and going back, and you feel like the wall’s going to be there? That’s what it looked like, that he went so far back that he felt like the wall had to be close, and it kind of threw him off.

“I don’t like to talk to guys when something like that happens, because it’s a lot easier [for people] in the dugout to talke about that stuff. But that’s what it looked like. Most outfields, he probably runs out of room. And he still had another 7, 8, 10 feet left.”

On Janish’s dislocated shoulder

“We’ll know more tomorrow, but in those situations where you’ve got to pop it back in, there’s tissue that gets torn or whatever. We’ll know more tomorrow, but it’s not a good injury. It’s a [shame]. You put him in there to play defense and he makes a hell of a play, and he hurts himself. But we’ll see tomorrow. I hope it’s nothing major. He’s had it before, maybe not to this extent. This one didn’t pop back in by itself. Bubba [trainer Jeff Porter] had to manipulate it back in. That’s when you kind of do some damage when you manipulate it back in.”

On using Venters and Gearrin in ninth, Gearrin in 10th

“They did a nice job in the ninth inning. Then we walk Brantly [in the 10th] and hit the next guy, and here comes the meat of the order, Reyes and Lee. Reyes just happened to put some bat on the ball and blooped one in there on a 3-2 count.”

On Maholm

“He gave us a hell of an effort. What did he give up, two runs? One was on the home run that Buck hit on Moylan. He did a nice job.”

On Eovaldi

“He was throwing 97, 98 miles an hour in the eighth inning, and he was commanding all of his breaking pitches. He was tough. He made a pitch on Danny that was 2-2 pitch or a 3-2 pitch that was 98 on the black. No chance. And he did that all night.”

**BRIAN McCANN

On the ninth-inning rally

“J-Hey leading off the inning with a double was huge. Chipper walks. Just down the line, ninth inning we all put together some good ABs and fought back to tie it up.”

On Maholm

“He was great. Anytime you go seven innings and give up two runs, that’s pretty good. His effort tonight was amazing. He made his pitches when he needed to, he worked in and out. He had a good pace of the game going.”

On McCann’s two-run double off lefty Dunn

“The first pitch was a slider. He’s got a fastball away, slider away. I was looking out over the plate and got a fastball I could drive. Luckily I put a good swing on it.”

Did you think it was going out?

“This is a big park and I don’t hit a lot of home runs to left-center field, so I knew it was going to be a long shot [to clear fence], but I knew I hit it good.”

On what you can take out of this game

“All you can ask for is for everybody to play hard, and that’s what we did tonight. It didn’t go our way and so be it. We show up tomorrow. If people were dogging it, that’d be one thing. But everybodys playing as hard as they can. At the end of the day, that’s all you can do.”

On Eovaldi pitching lot better than he has

“He’s got great stuff, man. On any given night, a guy like that can shove. If you’ve got electric stuff like that and you can run your fastball consistently in the mid-90s for seven innings, you’re going to run into outings where you’re dominant.”

On Venters’ recent work

“He’s been great. I think his last 10 to 12 appearances he’s only had two bad games. We’re very confident in Jonny coming in, working his sinker down and away, down in and in, and mixing in his slider when he has to.”

**PAUL MAHOLM

On the triple by Buck that landed back in the deepest part of center field

“Obviously I missed the pitch where I wanted to throw it. It was over the middle. I still kind of thought he popped it up, but it kept going. And when [Bourn] got there, it’s a tough play. He went a long way. He ended up with a triple. To me, with a guy on third and nobody out I was more or less conceding the run, and trying to make pitches. I got to two outs and Gorkys did a good job of just kind of taking the change-up the other way and scoring the run.

“Obviously their guy [Eovaldi] was on his game. We battled back and did everything we could. We fell short, but I think coming back from 3-0 in the ninth against a closer gives us momentum to come in and win a series tomorrow, which is kind of the important thing.”

On how he felt

“I felt good, I felt better than I have been in my last few. You have rough outings going through the season and you get back on track. Hopefully tonight’s one of those where I kind of just bounce back. I get to face these guys again next week, so it’s one of those cat-and-mouse games now to see who has to make the adjustment.”

**PAUL JANISH

Fredi said you’d dislocated your shoulder before?

“Yeah, this time it actually dislocated and got stuck out. I’ve had that happen before where it subluxes my shoulder when I dive, and usually it just slides back in. It still hurts but it’s kind of something you just kind of shimmy in and deal with it. This is the first time I ever had it stuck and not be able to get it back in. When I got back up here [to the clubhouse] they popped it back in, which was a little painful, too, but at least it was immediate relief.”

“It’s usually sore for a few days, but it’s not too bad.”

So this has happened multiple times in the past?

“I’ve probably done it eight or nine times before, but never stuck, never got actually dislocated. But I’ll be fine.”

On X-rays

“Everything looked fine.”

So day-to-day?

“Yeah, I think so” (He said this as he was being led away to the training room for further treatment.)

44 comments Add your comment

Brave Decisions

September 18th, 2012
11:47 pm

Tough loss tonight, great comeback in the 9th though. Thoughts on WC Play-In http://wp.me/p2lqJ1-dL

Michael

September 19th, 2012
12:54 am

Put up a god fight! It did not work out for us at the end but I am still OK with it.

Chas

September 19th, 2012
6:48 am

Peter M., Cory G., and (CHOKE JOB) Micheal Bourn have no comments? Real stand up guys.

phredd

September 19th, 2012
7:13 am

great comeback! I hate the loss, but for once I’m not disappointed in the way they played in the loss tonight

IdahoBravesFan

September 19th, 2012
7:17 am

Chas, relax a bit. I have really been surprised at how good Gearrin has been this year. Go look at his last 10 game log and he is quite good. Last year he was really bad but this time he just had a bad inning. I am glad to see him getting some more experience so that we can have some more depth before the playoffs. I am probably more concerned with Venters this year. I am just glad to see our guys rally back. We will get em next time.

Jasons Shrinking Waist

September 19th, 2012
7:31 am

Im sorry but Michael Bourn is not coming back next year.
How can you pay a guy Scott BOras money and he plays half a year and fizzles.
Two years in a row now…..Go get Carlos GOmez or Carlos Gonzalez and be done with it.

Croaker

September 19th, 2012
7:37 am

Gotta let Bourn go to find his identity, ultimatum,and supremacy somewhere else. He could have won the game with a hit but as usual he k’s…

debaser

September 19th, 2012
7:37 am

This is why we won’t we win playoff game : Freid’s bullpen mismanagement.
Why do you let Gearrin pitch to Reyes ?
Of course, that question wasn’t even asked to Fredi.

debaser

September 19th, 2012
7:39 am

* a playoff game
* Fredi’s

terry bellamy

September 19th, 2012
7:55 am

got to try harder to win that game in the ninth,but our brain trust sends them to bat and hopes.enough said

lee maye

September 19th, 2012
7:59 am

Fredi just can’t resist mentioning Danny. “Tough pitch on the black to Danny.” “No chance”. No mention of any other tough pitches to the others like Hoss, Heyward. Fredi cares way too much for a .216 hitter. Way too much.

bill

September 19th, 2012
8:17 am

We tied it on a bleeder and they won it on a bleeder. Tough loss

Quack Quack

September 19th, 2012
8:41 am

Great come back in the 9th, tough loss in the 10th. ;-(

Today’s another day, lets get them.

GO BRAVES!!!

PaulG

September 19th, 2012
8:47 am

I am surprised…..the blogs are not all doom & gloom…..good to see some level heads……we are not the only team to suffer some tough losses

bostonbravo

September 19th, 2012
8:59 am

“lee maye” right again. something odd there.

josey wales

September 19th, 2012
9:53 am

Another sick pitcher gets well against Atlanta!

the truth...

September 19th, 2012
9:59 am

Well the obvious question to Fredi is why keep Guerin in to pitch to Reyes? Why not go lefty and let Oflahery pitch to him?

Reyes splits show him for 11 rbi vs lefties vs 45 for righties….

No brainer Fredi….he’s the match up guy..

the truth...

September 19th, 2012
10:03 am

@debaser

My point exactly…..Reyes splits said make him face a lefty

2012 he’s 11 rbi against lefties vs 45 rbi against righties…………..

duh?

Lobosolo

September 19th, 2012
10:18 am

No, lee maye is just being lee maye, a person whose sole purpose on the planet is to cry at the drop of a hat… He likes to diss Fredi, presumably because Fredi has a great, high-paying job in a field that he knows well, while lee, whatever he does, gets paid a fraction of Fredi’s salary and probably doesn’t do it as well as Fredi does his job… lee whines incessantly… you can tell by his posts that, besides the whining part, lee pretty much doesn’t have a clue about how baseball is played nor does he seem to know the dynmaics of the game..

debaser… how is the team you are leading to the playoffs doing? Do you have your team in the top five of all baseball and playing well for the home stretch? Didn’t think so… call alexis for one of his new 10-inch binkies… he’ll gladly share it with you, if you know what I mean…

chas… you’d be in a permanent slump at the local one-dollar batting cages… slumps happen in baseball… unfortunate timing, but ALL players go through them… stop CRYING…

nashvillewill

September 19th, 2012
10:32 am

Bourn’s AB’s are costing the team. Time to PH for him in clutch situations, especially against LH. The guy is a strikeout waiting to happen. Reminds me of our 2B’s hitting most of this year.

Gremlins

September 19th, 2012
10:47 am

So people want to get rid of Uggla and Bourne because they’re too expensive and not up to what they want them to hit. Well when the Braves get rid of them, they’ll be doing damage AGAINST the Braves and you’ll be crying then about why they didn’t keep them.

reckingball

September 19th, 2012
10:47 am

They ain’t put no X in front of the Nationals name in the standings yet.
Braves still have the looooooong shot chance for the div., even if the odds are stacked against them.
go braves.

the truth...

September 19th, 2012
10:57 am

Any chance we have of catching them is dependent on good field management. Last night was an opportunity lost because of the lack of it.

Walking Reyes….replacing Guerin with a lefty….on and on. Can’t let Reyes beat you when he’s 2 for 4 and notorious for killing us….

Tonight’s game is huge…must win or forget any chance of catching Washington

The Brave Californian

September 19th, 2012
11:04 am

Moylan makes me nervous every time he take the mounds. Bourn just keeps getting worse.Great effort by Maholm. I’d rather see Constanza in center…..lots of speed without lots of strikeouts.

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Tina

September 19th, 2012
11:27 am

Why dose everyone give Constanza any credit the guy cant hit the ball out off the infield. Said all season we have the worst bench in baseball so why do we pinch hit.Hinski, Constanza,Diaz, Overbay,Boscan,Batisa and Moylan dont belong on any 40 man roster.If anyone deserved the lost last night it should of been Moylan. And by the way he is the ugliest MLB player.

kelly

September 19th, 2012
11:54 am

How in the heck is anyone trashin Michael Bourn? The guy carried this team for months.
Remember months and months of “he scores, we win” “He hits, we win”
I mean seriously guys, we would be foolish to not bring this guy back next year. He is fire man, the spark, and energy that gets ya goin out the gate.
Anyway, chin up yall, let’s keep this thing rockin’ for Chipper!!!
GO BRAVES!!!
MK

afan

September 19th, 2012
12:07 pm

What about Simmons?

BravesFanInBama

September 19th, 2012
12:07 pm

Bourn is ice cold right now.

Just out of curiousity, does Freddie ever watch the games? During interviews it seems like he has to ask the reporters who scored and how they scored…

“He gave us a hell of an effort. What did he give up, two runs? One was on the home run that Buck hit on Moylan. He did a nice job.”

I think it’s a bit crazy that Moylan gave up a 2 run homerun, but Maholm gets charged for the man on 1st. Maholm gave up one legit earned run….Oh well.

Gotta win tonight!

afan

September 19th, 2012
12:09 pm

agree Kelly..Love Bourn and he did carry this team 1st half..he will break out!
Hope Braves resign him.

chris

September 19th, 2012
12:19 pm

Freddie, lets try to leave Moylan on the bench unless playing with a lead, too unreliable for the past feww years. how about jair next time

the truth...

September 19th, 2012
12:24 pm

The problem with signing Bourn is not going to be his performance but the fact that his agent Boros is going to shoot for the moon dollar wise and all indications are he’ll cost more than Uggla….

We have too many needs to spend that much on an aging center fielder

noBS

September 19th, 2012
12:24 pm

Bourn helped us the first half, but has appeared ‘lost’ since the All Star break. His BA has dropped 50 points from the 320’s to the 270’s. Same for Uggla, except worse — decent first half, terrible since.
Overall, the entire team has had problems scoring the 2nd half. I blame management & coaching. The rest of the league has figured out adjustments — how they pitch to our hitters — and our coaching staff hasn’t “adjusted to the adjustments”. The only reason we’re still in contention has been our pitchers — mainly (starters) Medlin & Minor, and of course, Kimbrel (when we’re even close enough at the end of a game to use him), with a number of fine outings from the rest of the staff. Hudson is still very good, but has had a few too many lapses. Hanson’s W-L record is much better than he has actually pitched — mostly because he got great run support the first half.
Sure, we’ve had a few injuries and health problems, but the main problem is hitting — especially in clutch situations. I still say it goes back to coaching — we have guys trying to hit a homer with no outs in the 9th, when we’re down by 3 runs. And Uggla needs to cut down his swing and go the opposite way occasionally — at least with 2 strikes. That would help counter the obvious pitching pattern the opponents have used against him the entire second half — away, away, away… He’s NOT going to pull those pitches unless he hits a grounder to short.
Even I can see these things — just from watching on TV. And I haven’t played any competitive ball in almost 50 years!

ChipperisGod

September 19th, 2012
12:57 pm

Fredi should have pulled Gearrin with Reyes coming up. Gearrin was wild and Reyes kills us. Would have been a perfect opportunity to bring in Avilan if you didn’t want to bring in EOF.

Strong come back and Eovaldi handled us well tonight. I think Moylan is easily the weakest part of the BP. He’s getting hit pretty hard lately. Should not have put in him in that situation. I think unfortunately, Peter needs to be used in a mop up roll only. Doesn’t have the old velocity or movement on his pitches that he used to and why should he? The poor guy’s been through three or four surgeries in the past two years. I like Peter, appreciate the way he competes, but it’s clear that with the limited time that he’s had pitching this year, that he’s not ready to face big league hitting.

AtHomeGym

September 19th, 2012
1:06 pm

What happened to Randall Delgado–I thought they added him to the roster–is he just warming a seat in the bullpen?

Tumbledown

September 19th, 2012
1:11 pm

ChipperisGod – You are usually pretty positive about the Braves, and I nevertheless agree with your criticism of Fredi’s decision-making on the relief pitchers. I would like to see Delgado get some innings in some capacity. Maybe he can get those innings over Moylan.

PaulG

September 19th, 2012
2:02 pm

Innumeracy time….gearin vs Reyes ….OB% is one of the best predictors of runs created…..Reyes is almost identical re RH vsLH

NC Roseman

September 19th, 2012
2:30 pm

Wish DOB or someone would address this bench or lack thereof for the post season…
between Overbay, Hinske, the other guy named Jeff, Pastornicky, and Jose…I bet we have maybe 3 hits out of their last 40 PAs. And therefore, why in the world weren’t there some call ups for pinch hitters? Don’t tell me they could do any worse than what we have seen so far, which I doubt will improve in playoff, more high stress pinch hit situations. I would sure like to know what the thinking was in obtaining these guys that were released, instead of some young blood. It looks like a glaring weakness for the post.

reckingball

September 19th, 2012
2:44 pm

Call up could have done worse, they could have gone 0 for 40 in PAs. haha

reckingball

September 19th, 2012
2:46 pm

go dodgers
go braves
go dodgers

Nerdville

September 19th, 2012
2:52 pm

totally stymied for 8 innings by a 2 bit marlins pitcher. shutout and whiffing for 8. then the braves get lucky, get a reprieve, and have a chance to take the lead with risp……………. but alas, they don’t.
why?
because the braves have 2 bit offense.

KYBravos' fan

September 19th, 2012
3:33 pm

It was either Francona or Hershiser who said the following on ESPN Sun. night game(paraphrase): The reason other NL teams fear Braves in postseason is because of Bourn’s ability to manufacture a run in late innings–and–the back end of the bullpen in those same innings. In other words, Braves would be major threat in tight, one-run games. They obviously are more informed and understand baseball’s subtleties than we. Go Braves!!!!

Tumbledown

September 19th, 2012
3:58 pm

KYBravos’ fan – I would not put too much stock in what so-called baseball experts like former MLB manager Francona or former MLB pitching star Hershiser say. The opinions on this blog that the Braves’ offense is “2 bit” or that Fredi cares way too much about Uggla are much more on point.

Dwayne

September 19th, 2012
4:51 pm

Fredi will choke in the playoffs, just like Boobie Cox did. If they win the WS, I’ll enjoy the fried crow for supper. Go Braves.

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