Yes, that performance last night deserved a hug.
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Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves - May 17, 2012 | MLB.com ATL Recap
"He pitched great. He spotted up everything tonight," said catcher Brian McCann. "Every changeup he threw was down, every fastball was located. He was smart. He put them away with his pitches. "He knew last year getting into the fifth, the sixth inning wasn't good enough. I think that was his No. 1 goal going into this offseason was to get deep into ballgames, and I think this game right here just showed when he puts a plan together and puts it in action, how good he really is."
Braves postgame quotes following 7-0 win vs. Marlins | Atlanta Braves
Brandon Beachy, on the key to going deeper this year: "I’ve been more aggressive. Even when I’m getting behind in the count, I’m not doing it the same way I used to. I’ve got a purpose behind the pitches I’m throwing now, especially earlier in the count, hoping I can get some quick outs and it’s happening. I’m not getting the strikeouts I used to get, but I’ll take a flyball. As long as it’s an out, it’s an out."
Fredi echoes Minor's thoughts on control | braves.com: News
Gonzalez said Minor was often missing catcher Brian McCann's target by a wide margin. "That's something Roger [McDowell] and Mike will sit down and maybe next bullpen session try and iron that out," Gonzalez said.
Braves practicing patience with Minor | Atlanta Braves
"It’s kind of a little complex," Gonzalez said of Minor’s big-inning problems. "He is getting (after) it and then all of a sudden those type innings happen to him. That’s a young pitcher. You have to be patient with him and get him through those type innings. He will be better off on the other end when he gets through those innings."
Jurrjens not as shaky as Minors stats indicate | braves.com: News
"Last night might have been the worst scoring job I've seen in the history of baseball," said Reed, who has been around baseball for 30 years and whose past pupils include 2011 National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, '11 NL Rookie of the Year Craig Kimbrel, Jonny Venters, Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor. "He gave up four earned runs in the first inning. The guy basically dropped a fly ball in right field, and they scored it an inside-the-park home run, which cost him four earned runs. To be honest, it was atrocious. "He gave up some runs, don't get me wrong. But the line score -- 11 runs, 10 earned -- that wasn't even close to the way he pitched."
Heyward handles his own in first start in center | braves.com: News
"When I played center field in the past, [Griffey] was somebody you could watch and say, 'There's a certain way to get it done,'" Heyward said. "Mike Bourn most definitely is one of the guys you watch. You can learn a thing or two about how he plays center field, as well."