Braves quotes after Sunday’s loss to Giants

**FREDI GONZALEZ

On Medlen giving up three homers

“Well, what did he give up, three solos? We didn’t help him at all. We haven’t been pretty to watch the last three games. We haven’t been getting deep in the game with our pitching and we haven’t been scoring runs. We haven’t been real fun to watch.

“But we’ve got a good club. They’re playing good baseball and every time we made a mistake or they’d get somebody on base, they captitalized. We haven’t been able to do that. The first inning of the game we got two guys on and just couldn’t plate a run.”

On Lincecum

“He made some nice pitches. We only got three hits the first (eight) innings, between Reed Johnson, Schafer and Pena. I think that’s about it. Freeman hit a couple of balls hard right at outfielders. But other than that, we didn’t get much of anything going until there at the end when we scored a run.” (On Gattis’ two-out pinch-hit double in ninth)

A few days you commented that the offense looked like it was coming around

“What a difference a couple of days makes, huh? That’s the type of offense we are. We haven’t really been hitting on all cylinders. So we get out of here, go to Arizona and get the bats going. We definitely have people in our lineup and on our team that can swing the bat and hit.”

On Justin cooling off, getting opportunities to drive in runs now

“That’s just the way the game is. You’re hitting .400 and you’ve got nobody on base. Now you’ve got some people on base and you’re not hitting. That’s just the way our game is sometimes. It’s a pretty cruel game.”

On the fan interference ruling

“I thought it was a catchable ball. Obviously he didn’t think so and called fan interference, so it’s a double. I thought we were going to get lucky there for a second because Bruce (Bochy) came out (to argue it was a home run). It’s got to be a home-run call (to be reviewed on video). So they went inside to take a look at it. He felt like he couldn’t catch that ball. I haven’t seen the replay myself, but a couple of our coaches said he might have been under it.

“But that was neither here nor there because they didn’t score any runs (that inning). But I thought we were going to catch a break by Bruce calling for the home run and reviewing that play.”

**KRIS MEDLEN

On his performance

“Chalk it up to one of those days I literally had nothing. Nothing but my metaphorical, you know, cajones. I had to sit and battle every pitch. You go to throw a pitch in and it’s away. You go to throw a pitch away and it’s in. Everything felt flat. I picked a very bad day to have a bad day, with the way Lincecum was throwing over there. Can’t afford to give up one. Just a tough outing overall.

“You run into those games where you have eight, nine earned runs because you give up these home runs, but not they’re solos. Even with my best stuff I’m going to give up home runs, I’m going to give up hits. But I’m definitely glad they were solo shots. Just terribly executed pitches on my part.”

Was it mechanical issues again?

“Yeah, I’m just having trouble repeating (delivery). I felt like my delivery was awesome the previous game in Cincinnati. I came in (today) and it felt completely the opposite. I had no leg drive; I wasn’t driving toward the target. Just a bad day overall. Beautiful day (weather-wise) in San Fran, but just a brutal day when it came to pitching.”

On the team’s slide the past few weeks after 12-1 start

“Just ups and downs. The ups and downs of the regular season. We still have a lot of baseball left to play, and we’re going to have some more highs and some more lows. You’ve just got to have more highs than lows and just battle through these.

“I mean, that’s the defending champions for a reason. They pitched well against us, and they absolutely crushed us. Just battle through it, fight through it. At the end of the day, that’s all you can hang your hat on.”

All you had was your, uh, guts?

“My (cajones). All I had was my (cajones). I just … just being a competitor. I mean, you know you don’t have your stuff that day. You’ve just to go out there and challenge guys. I mean, I’m sitting there challenging Pablo Sandoval with an 87 mile-an-hour fastball. It’s like, whew, boy. You try to show the competitor that’s in you. Our bullpen has picked us up with some innings this series. I kind of wanted to go deeper than I did. If you were to ask me in the second inning if I was going to go into the sixth, I probably would have said, I doubt it.

“My wife said you’re going to hit a home run into the water for Mother’s Day. I obviously misunderstood her – giving one up into the water. But, yeah, it was just a bad day.”

**JUSTIN UPTON

On Lincecum

“Obviously everybody knows his velo’s been down. But as far as command and using his pitches and throwing strikes, today he was on it pretty good.”

On the fan-interference play

“Ball’s in the sun. I was battling it once I got to the fence, but the ball came down weird and I didn’t catch it.”

You guys had chances to score early, might it have been a different game?

“Yeah, it’s a different game (if do). I came up obviously with runners in scoring position and didn’t get the job done. We got some runners out there. We could have took the early lead. Obviously we didn’t take the early lead.”

On the team’s slide since the 12-1 start

“It’s baseball, man. It’s a long season. You’re going to hit these rough patches. Obviously we don’t want them to be as rough as it has been lately. But we’ve got to pull ourselves out of it, that’s the bottom line. We’ve got a really good ballclub, and things aren’t going our way, but we’ve got to tread water until we start rolling again.”

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