Braves quotes after sweeping Marlins

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Hanson’s performance

“He did OK. He kept us in the ballgame. He kind of scattered the ball around a little bit command-wise, but he made some pitches when he had to and only gave up two runs. We were able to score some runs for him and shut it down there with our bullpen. So he did OK. That was, what, his 13th win of the year? That’s not too shabby. And Danny had a great night offensively, two hits, three RBIs — a big two RBIs there in the seventh inning for us not to use Kimbrel in the ninth. That was nice.”

On Uggla coming around at the right time after three-month slump

“Earlier this month we talked about if he got hot, he could carry us. That’s what we’re seeing from him right now. And there will be a time where he’s going to come up with a big hit, in the postseason or today he came up with a big hit to add on some runs, and he’s capable of doing that.”

On Braves taking advantage of a mistake

“The left fielder made a mistake a little bit, throwing the ball to the wrong base and we were able to capitalize and put a big number up. We put up four that inning. It was good to see. It was good to see that up and down the lineup everybody’s keeping the line moving.”

On using others to rest some relievers

“But it seems as though it’s the same guys. We’ve got 13 guys in the bullpen and it’s either Avilan, O’Flaherty, Durbin, Kimbrel, Venters. But that’ll take care of itself. Martinez hadn’t pitched [since Milwaukee]. You feel comfortable that he’s not going to forget how to pitch and run him out there in the ninth inning. And the only thing he did was throw strikes. That was good. It’s good that we laid off of O’Flaherty, who had thrown four out of five days. Same thing with Kimbrel, so give them a breather and recharge the batteries a little bit.

“I think two innings from Venters there, the seventh and eighth innings, were big for him, to get through those two innings.”

**DAN UGGLA

On team’s recent roll

“We’re playing good baseball and doing what we need to do. We’ve got six games left, so we’ve just got to keep taking care of business and keep going in the direction we’re going.”

On helping to pick up team’s offense after his long slump

“You guys are acting like I haven’t done anything this year. I know the average sucks, but I still have 19 homers. I’ve contributed a littl bit. But no, it definitely feels good to get a couple of runs and drive in a few and get some knocks. Like I said about three weeks or a month ago, I’m back. I’m not searching for it. This is me, and I’m going to keep doing what I can do from here on out.”

On hitting with the bad cut on his right hand, held together with medical staples (cut it during celebration Monday night, when he stuck his hand in barrel/cooler and there was a champagne glass in there)

“A lot of fun, exploding pain when I make contact with the ball. But it’s just for a minute. It doesn’t hinder me or anything. It’s part of baseball, you’re going to have nicks and bruises and stuff like that you’ve got to play through.”

On team being confident lately even when down early in games

“We obviously don’t like being down two runs, six runs, whatever. So it’s good to bounce right back and get right back in the game. And then we caught a break with the dropped line drive. It turned out to be enough.”

**CHIPPER JONES

On the ovations he got, particularly before his first at-bat, when he tipped his helmet to standing O

“That was pretty fun. I wish I’d have played a little better tonight, but the rest of the guys picked up the slack. It’s going to be a fun weekend, lot of family, lot of friends in town. Looking forward to tomorrow.”

How difficult is it to get rest for some guys while still trying to finish strong?

“Not difficult at all. It’s our job. Plain and simple, go out there and do your job, show up every day. We’re working for the same result. We’re having success because we’re going about our business the right way at the right time of the year, and we’re getting results at the back end. I don’t want to miss any games from here on out. I don’t know how the rest of the guys feel about that, but I think until we’re out of the division [race] or we catch somebody, everybody’s going to be in there pretty much the whole time.”

On Uggla

“Three big ribbies tonight. He’s starting to swing the bat a little better, balls are starting to fall for him. I think he broke three bats tonight, but got two of them to fall in to score runs.”

On Marlins starter Jacob Turner

“I was impressed with their starter tonight. He semed like he had an idea. We don’t normally fair well against guys we see for the first time. We took advantage of a mistake by their left fielder and brought it home.”

On Adam Wainwright’s comment (about St. Louis waiting to celebrate after they come beat Atlanta)

“No. I don’t know how to react to that. They’re the defending world champions, and those guys have been through it before. All of our guys haven’t. So each team is going to celebrate differently. When we won 14 straight it was no big deal to whoop everybody’s tail and then come back in here and not celebrate. We had our eyes on the prize at the end.

“There’s nothing that says, no unwritten rule, no law that states that we can’t celebrate when we clinch a playoff spot. So to each his own. No biggie.”

**TOMMY HANSON

On how he felt

“I felt OK. I struggled a little bit in the second, but I thought I did all right. Not great, not bad, just kind of middle of the road. I would have liked to have gone a little deeper, obviously. It’s nice to get a win. It’s been a while since I got a win. So I’ll take it. We swung the bats well and we swept a team that … was nice to sweep. So it was a good day for all of us.”

On retiring side in order in fifth after Braves scored four in fourth

“That’s a huge inning to put up a stop sign right there. I just wanted to be aggressive and throw strikes there, and I had a quick inning.”

On limiting the damage to one run in third and to one run in fourth after one-out single and double

“You’ve always got to try to do that, and that’s what I was attempting to do. Obviously the error didn’t help things out much, but I was just trying to keep it close and we got that big inning and scored some runs. I just tried to stay ahead [in counts] after that.”

On handing 4-2 lead to bullpen

“All of our starters can tell you we feel pretty comfortable turning it over to them. They do a good job. Like I said, I would’ve liked to have gone a little deeper, but we always feel comfortable turning it over to them.”

50 comments Add your comment

Perfect Chop

September 27th, 2012
11:14 pm

GOOOOOO BRAVES

Perfect Chop

September 27th, 2012
11:15 pm

Sunday the tailgate starts early folks

Perfect Chop

September 27th, 2012
11:15 pm

Sunday the tailgate starts early folks

Perfect Chop

September 27th, 2012
11:18 pm

I may shave a 10 in my head

Perfect Chop

September 27th, 2012
11:19 pm

mixed -up

September 27th, 2012
11:25 pm

GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!

mb

September 27th, 2012
11:29 pm

Thanks DOB. Ever report on them Dawgs?

Perfect Chop

September 27th, 2012
11:40 pm

Where is everyone?

kingdaddy

September 27th, 2012
11:40 pm

ChipperisGod

September 27th, 2012
11:41 pm

As I said on the story on tonight’s game, Wainwright needs to check his tone. He’s just lit a fire under Chipper. Even though Chipper didn’t say anything, I know he and the rest of the team is chomping at the bit to get out there and make a big postseason run. And, they haven’t even clinched, and still might not clinch because they’re playing the Nats.

They’re the team I wanna play in the play in game. We dominated them this year, and I really don’t want to face Clayton Kershaw or Capuano in the playoffs.

Braves Country will be out in full force next Friday. I will be there to cheer on my team and hopefully watch Wainwright eat his words, and send him home early. I’m fully confident in Medlen’s ability to continue to dominate, and our offense I hope will be primed to have a big night.

kingdaddy

September 27th, 2012
11:43 pm

Ok PC, you’re 8up…

Kevlar

September 27th, 2012
11:45 pm

DOB, I hope the Braves slap a “C” on Chipper’s chest this weekend and give him the honor of being named team captain. It would be fitting and the Braves are a historic enough franchise to warrant the title. If not Chipper, who? It’s the right thing to do. The Red Sox did it with Varitek and it was quite moving and could be a playoff boost. Thoughts?

Perfect Chop

September 27th, 2012
11:46 pm

I cant wait for the cards to go down in flames. Braves 5-1 vs then this season

Perfect Chop

September 27th, 2012
11:48 pm

Sunday is gonna be great., Dont get me wrong Friday night will be special, but Sunday will be an end of an era, As a 20 year braves fan I barely know life without chipper

Perfect Chop

September 27th, 2012
11:48 pm

Lets just keep onextending the carrer

BravesFanInBama

September 28th, 2012
12:03 am

Not super impressed with Ugglas comment. “you act like I didnt contribute”…dan, you didn’t contribute for quite a few months…

Other than that, great win! Hanson always makes me nervous when he pitches…

Perfect Chop

September 28th, 2012
12:12 am

Bama we wont have to put up with Hanson but for 1 more start

Quack Quack

September 28th, 2012
12:17 am

Thanks for the quotes DOB. Sounded like Dan was getting a little testy there. I wonder how far ahead of the Gnats we would be if we could put together hits like tonight, and score runs. That seems pretty simple.

Maybe Tommy needs to sit down with Kris Medlen, and have a real long talk.
“On retiring side in order in the fifth after Braves scored four in the fourth.”
“That’s a huge inning to put up a stop sign right there. I just wanted to be aggressive and throw strikes there, and I had a quick inning”

I wonder why he doesn’t stay aggressive and throw strikes in every inning, and they will all be quick!! I’ve used the old saying with Tommy that he “goes around his elbow to get to his thumb”

Lets just keep on winning, that’s our job right now……

GO BRAVES!!!

Quack Quack

September 28th, 2012
12:32 am

@ChipperisGod…Actually when Wainwright runs his mouth, like you said, it only lights a fire under us, and after this weekend, they may not even make it. Bring it on down to Braves Country!!

GO BRAVES!!!

YoungerThan ThatNow

September 28th, 2012
12:34 am

Impressive wins… and I don’t care who the other team is, these are major league players and the Braves are taking care of business. It’s coming at the right time too. When you play as the Braves have this month it doesn’t matter who gets in the way. Yes, you will dominate some teams better than others, but in the end it’s all the same. Good pitching, solid defense and timely hitting… that’s what wins championships!

GO BRAVES!!

YoungerThan ThatNow

September 28th, 2012
12:36 am

BTW, DOB and Carroll… thanks for another great season of getting the news to us fans! IMO, you aren’t thanked enough… so, thank you very much for the great job you do with our Braves!

GO BRAVES!!

Perfect Chop

September 28th, 2012
12:48 am

DOB while football season may be more exciting. Baseball is a sport for dedicated fans i appreciate the bloggers and you and carroll. Its a long haul.

New Braves Fan

September 28th, 2012
12:57 am

Dan Uggla actually goes to the opposite field to drive in two runs. WHAT A CONCEPT. Has he been taking hitting lessons from Martin Prado?

Perfect Chop

September 28th, 2012
1:00 am

Quit getting down on the swedish owl. This man has too keep his attitude as I am opne of the best. Its not arrogance it called confindence. Would you feel better if he saild i suck?

reckingball

September 28th, 2012
1:28 am

I was hoping that those Phillies could have been a little more helpful.
Need the Cards to do some damage to the Nats.
Go Cards
Maybe the Phillies can help next week, if there is still any time left.
Go Phillies

Nevada Roy

September 28th, 2012
1:30 am

For 2013, can we just play the Marlins for 162-games?

Glen

September 28th, 2012
8:30 am

Wainwirght would do well to keep his mouth shut. The Cardinals got lucky last year when the Braves didn’t play well and are backing into the second wild card spot this year as the other teams are fading a bit. They’re a bit over rated, and safe money is the Braves will dismantle them. Of course, in one game anything is possible…like a Medlin shutout! Go Braves!

bravesgrl4life

September 28th, 2012
8:49 am

Adam Wainwright needs to STFU. I hope this does light a fire under the Braves and Medlen goes out next Friday night and no-hits them.

Chipper, it’s cool that you didn’t do much last night. Tonight is your night! And we all know what you do on “your nights”. Bobblehead night was amazing! Other games this year where it’s been something like coming back from injury, breaking records, or whatever, Chipper Jones has broken out and had a special night. I fully expect it tonight, too!

Not to mention, all the great games Chipper has given us over 19 years.

Andy

September 28th, 2012
9:10 am

Can someone please let Wainwrong know that we have a pretty good pitcher going for us in the WC game. His name is Kris Medlen and the Braves have won his past 22 starts…He better go ahead and make his tee time for next Saturday now because the Braves wont lose.

J J

September 28th, 2012
9:31 am

That WC game really bothers me. I hope the Braves win,but not promising. Pitching means nothing in this game. You have to score runs early and often. That is what bothers me. Go Braves.

Buddy Landel

September 28th, 2012
9:38 am

Tommy Hutton on the Marlins broadcast listed our starting rotation as a weakness going into the playoffs. He said the Cardinals have a distinct advantage over us in that category.

Semper Fi Braves Fan

September 28th, 2012
10:05 am

Right, because the Braves have the best ERA in MLB since the all star break. Obviously Tommy Hutton is just another talking head without a clue.

Dawgdad (The Original)

September 28th, 2012
10:14 am

Smugla! Sign him to a long term deal while we have the chance. Hah!

DonofAcworth

September 28th, 2012
10:22 am

Well tonight I and some friends will be “seated” and watching our team of great baseball accomplishments so far in 2012 (lots of wins and great team play) take on the hated NY Mets. “Larry” will play his last regular season game here in Atlanta but NOT the season as we will be back for the playoffs. Gonna be a lot of fun for us old geezers as the ladies will be there too. Remember everyone… leave early for the game!

Tumbledown

September 28th, 2012
10:22 am

Buddy – Tommy Hutton on the Marlins broadcast listed our starting rotation as a weakness going into the playoffs. He said the Cardinals have a distinct advantage over us in that category.

I find it hard to classify the Braves’ top-four starters as a weakness the way that they have been pitching in September. Also, even assuming that the Cardinals “rotation” is stronger”, how does that factor into a one-game playoff when you go with one starter? Do the Cardinals plan on making this like an all-star game where each pitcher can go only one or two innings?

Buddy Landel

September 28th, 2012
10:29 am

Tumbledown- I definitely don’t agree with the Hutton “analysis”. I’m just letting everyone here know what he said last night. I live in South Florida, so I get the Marlins telecast. They were speaking about Kyle Lohse like he was a feared ace or something.
If you do lazy work, you won’t see past Mike Minor’s season ERA, instead of what he has done the past 2 months.

Buddy Landel

September 28th, 2012
10:31 am

Also, he was saying our rotation was inferior to all other NL playoff teams. I just brought up the Cardinals because that’s one that I definitely disagree with.

Brave New World

September 28th, 2012
11:07 am

Cardinals have been a sub .500 team on the road. If we wind up playing them for the 1 game “play in” pitching match up will likely be Medlen vs. Lohse. 1 or 2 runs may be difference. GO BRAVES!

Tumbledown

September 28th, 2012
12:02 pm

Buddy – I should have been more clear that my arguments challenged Hutton and not you. Do you sense a significant anti-Braves sentiment in the Marlins’ broadcast? Wasn’t their owner speaking out against Fredi recently?

Buddy Landel

September 28th, 2012
12:26 pm

Tumble- That franchise is a joke….rom the front office, down. I don’t think Loria cares if they win, as long as people are talking about them. I’m not sure there’s an anti-Braves sentiment as much as there is over-the-top homerism. I don’t think the broadcast team can do any different for fear of the overreaching owner firing them.

BravesBanter.com

September 28th, 2012
12:34 pm

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jim

September 28th, 2012
1:34 pm

Buddy,
Sorry you have to endure the Marlins’ broadcasts. Incessant references to Little Jose, the foodcourt offerings, and a steady stream of tweets leaves Hutton scarcely anytime to analyze the post season roster of any team, or to describe the action on the field. I only get the home team feeds on MLB extra innings from my cable provider and find the Marlin broadcasts among the most annoying. Tonight I will get the Mets feed because of the regional blackout where I live — that crew is good, the best, but tonight would be a time I wish I could get the Braves broadcasters.

jim

September 28th, 2012
1:45 pm

I asume the Champagne used in these celebrfations is not Dom Perignon, but does anybody drink any of it?

Mikey

September 28th, 2012
1:49 pm

My guess without reading bravesbanter.com is: Prado plays third, Heyward stays in RF, Costanza starts in CF and we sign/trade for a legitimate homerun hitting, rbi producing LFer.

Buddy Landel

September 28th, 2012
1:56 pm

jim- There was a Marlins broadcast one night that kept giving live updates from the pool behing the outfield wall at the Clevelander. They were having “male lifeguard tryouts”. It is ridiculous. It’s hard to take the Marlins seriously with all their gimmicks. They lied about the team’s bottom line to get public funding on the stadium. They are always “rebuilding”, MLB had to almost force them to spend money on baseball last year, because they were getting all this money from other teams via luxury taxes and just pocketing it. I could go on and on. It must really stink to be a Marlins fan.

jim

September 28th, 2012
2:04 pm

Playoff rotations –
Wash — Gonzalez, Zimmerman, Detweiler, Jackson
SF — Cain, Baumgartner, Lincecum, Vogelsong
Cinn — Cueto, Latos, Arroyo, Bailey
St. Louis — Loshe, Lynn, Wainwright, Carpenter/Garcia
Atl — Medlen, Hudson, Minor, Maholm
The Braves rotation is probably the freshest going into post seasonZimmerman did not pitch much last year and he and Detweiler must be near their career high in innings pitched. Gio should not win the Cy Young because he rarely goes deeper than 6 or 7 innings in many of his starts (unlike Dickey or Medlen) If I had to choose a starter for one game from among the 5 number 1 starters, it would be Medlen right now (Lohse would be my number two pick.) The question for the Braves is not going to be how their matches up with the others — there is not a clear advantage with any of them — it is how their lineup will fare against the other team’s starters.

Barbara

September 28th, 2012
2:05 pm

Good job. Hayward needs to be more consistent. Sure need Bourn to get back in the lineup. Why isn’t Sheets a starting pitcher??? I feel he is a lot better than Hansen. Fredi you just don’t get it on putting small ball into play. We could have had a lot more runs in the past games if you had used small ball. But I guess you just don’t know what that is

jim

September 28th, 2012
2:16 pm

One avenue to take to get a righthand power bat in the offseason would be to pursue Napoli to replace McCann at catcher.

J J

September 28th, 2012
2:55 pm

ITS NOT THE ROTATION WE HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT. iT IS THE OFFENSE. iF WE DON’T HAVE 5 RUNS OR MORE BY 5TH INNING,THEN cARDINALS WILL BLOW US AWAY. tHE OFFENSE LEAVES TOO MANY MEN IN SCORING POSITION.

Jack Lill

September 28th, 2012
3:54 pm

Tom Hanson is a joke

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