Braves quotes after loss to Diamondbacks

Braves quotes after the 8-4 loss to the Diamondbacks on Saturday at Turner Field.


On Mike Foltynewicz

“You can tell how electric his stuff is. You can see the first two at-bats against (Paul) Goldschmidt. This guy is one of the top right-handers in our game and he didn’t get a good look at him. The base hit he got him was a little bloop single. You see some glimpses of some pretty good stuff coming out of that arm. Now we’ve got to get the whole thing together: the pitches, the location, his ‘pitchability,’ getting through innings. That’s stuff that every day we are working at it. Roger (McDowell) works at it and every couple days (Foltynewicz) goes out there to the bullpen and gets after it.”

On the eighth-inning rally

“Our guys don’t give up. We had bases loaded the inning before with (Joey) Terdoslavich swinging to get us back in it. We scored a couple runs after being shut out for the whole game. Jonny (Gomes) gave us a couple good at-bats. You see ‘Swish (Nick Swisher) hitting the ball and getting us within two runs.”

On Gomes and Swisher showing the energy he wants

“Absolutely. That will continue. These guys are professional and they love playing the game and when they get a chance to play, they do well and they bring it. When they don’t get a chance to start they are in the dugout getting after it and supporting their teammate. Those are good qualities to have in your players.”

On Edwin Jackson’s first appearance

“I don’t even know the last time he pitched. It was sometime in July. We were trying to get him into a non-leverage situation, just get him some work, and he gave us a big 2 1/3 innings. His pitch count is right at 20-something so you can bring him back in a couple days or a day-and-a-half. It was good. It was nice to see. He didn’t forget how to pitch. Now it’s a matter of building him up and running him back out there a couple times and picking a role for him, whether we want him in the back of the bullpen or we want him to start or any of that kind of stuff. This guy is a valuable piece for our pitching staff.”

On Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin

“He just threw his fastball. He commanded his fastball both sides of the plate to both lefties and righties. He threw a couple of wrinkles here and there but he pitched off his fastball. That was a pretty darn good performance right there.”


On his outing

“I thought I pitched OK. The line wasn’t pretty but I thought I went out there and made some pitches, got some ground ball outs when I needed to. But at the end of the day you can’t leave sliders and fastballs over the middle of the plate with two strikes. It’s probably a broken record but the two-strike put-away pitches I’ve got to get better at and tonight I didn’t execute them. I left a lot of pitches up in the zone which (leads) to bloop hits like that.”

On if he was reaching back when he struck out Paul Goldschmidt with a 98 mph fastball

“Yeah, a little bit. He can hit the fastball. My fastball with his bat I was seeing if I could blow it by him. I got him a couple times and got him with the slider a couple times, too. Other than that, I pitched OK. There are some positives out of that but not too much.”

On if he can take things to the next start

“There are a lot of things to take. I threw a lot of good sliders tonight. I’ve just got to get that consistently down and not up and over the middle of the plate. I threw a couple good splits (fastballs) tonight, too. There are a couple good things to take to the next bullpen and the next start and everything will be OK.”


On his Braves debut

“Just following Ryan (Lavarnway). He made it easy on me tonight. It’s been a while since I’ve been on the mound in a game-time situation. He made it pretty simple. Follow what he puts down and everything will be all right. I tried not to do too much. It’s been a while since I’ve been out there. My game plan was to stay within himself.”


On the young team

“Very talented. Just being here for a week, the sky is the limit for this team, the future. If we can just keep going out there and giving it everything we can each and every day, things are going to start turning in our favor.”

On if it’s unique to have a team with this spirit

“I think it’s great. I think that has a lot to do with the front office because they are bringing over guys that grind it out each and every day. Regardless of whatever the score is, it just seems like we don’t stop coming, which is great. Even though we lost tonight that was something to build on.”

On the two-run home run

“This is my first go-around in the National League so I don’t know a lot of these guys. I’m trying to figure out what these guys are trying to do to me. I’ve been working with Seitz (Kevin Seitzer) to get my stroke back. Tonight it was nice to get out on one and kind of let it fly. You come to a new team you want to get hits. That’s all you want to do is get on base and get hits. We were talking today and it looked like I was kind of feeling for it instead of just letting it go. That’s always been my style, man, is just let it go. So that was nice to get, especially in that situation.”