Jul 4, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel (46) reacts after giving up the go ahead run to the Miami Marlins during the ninth inning at Turner Field. The Marlins defeated the Braves 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Morning Chop: Braves 7/5


Kimbrel takes loss as Braves fall to Marlins 4-3

Charlotte Observer

ATLANTA –  Craig Kimbrel couldn’t get away with walking two batters in the ninth inning, and the result was a rare home series loss for the Braves.

Braves can’t escape as Kimbrel allows winner

Braves.com

ATLANTA — The game-changing extra-base hit that had eluded the Braves since the first inning of Thursday night’s game appeared to have finally arrived when Dan Uggla powered a 1-1 sinker to the opposite-field gap in the bottom of the ninth. Instead, Giancarlo Stanton made a diving grab to retire Uggla and put a stop to the Braves’ designs on some late-inning fireworks.

Braves quotes after Thursday’s loss to the Marlins

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CRAIG KIMBREL

On 0-2 pitch to Solano:

It wasn’t down as much as I would have liked to. That’s one of those pitches that you throw it, you want to throw it in the dirt. You don’t want to throw it where you can put the bat on the ball and he was able to do it.

On five-day layoff since pitching:

No you can’t blame it on lack of going out there and pitching or anything like that. Our job is when we get the phone call to go out there and get the job done.

DAN UGGLA

On surprised Stanton able to catch that ball:

Yeah, I was surprised he went and got it because off the bat it had them split perfect and it must have had a little bit of fade and it just hung up there enough for him to run it down, so he made a good play.

On not expecting to see Kimbrel give up anything, even in jam:

Yeah we all look at him, even us, we look at him as kind of a robot, and we assume that it’s almost impossible for him to give up a run but he’s still human and he still made a good pitch right there. But Donovan just stayed through it and stayed with it and found a hole. It’s going to happen sometimes.

JULIO TEHERAN

On one of those nights you battle:

Yeah, the whole game I was battling out there and it was one of those games that you don’t have your best. I was trying to compete and get them out with my other pitches.

On needing a lot of pitches:

I think I got almost everybody 3-2. They were swinging and there were foul balls. I think that’s why I made a lot of pitches.

FREDI GONZALEZ

On used to seeing Kimbrel work out of jams like that:

Yeah, 0-2 pitch the guy put the ball in play, just got it over to right field. We had some opportunities. We scored three right off the get-go and they came back and scored single digits in the second, third and fourth inning. They got the game tied up and then we just couldn’t get anything going the rest of the night. We didn’t have very many baserunners. Stanton made a hell of a play off of Uggla. I don’t know how that ball stayed up in the air that long. Maybe it came back to Stanton but he sure made a hell of a play to save the game there for them.

Handing out First-Half Awards to Atlanta Braves Players

Bleacher Report

We have reached the midway point of the 2013 MLB season, which means it’s time to hand out some awards.

The Atlanta Braves (49-34) have been a roller-coaster team in 2013, but do sit atop the National League East thanks to some special individual performances.

Some of these individuals will be recognized in a few weeks at the All-Star Game. Others may not, but they can have the satisfaction of being recognized in this article.

Without further ado, here are the Atlanta Braves’ Cy Young, Most Valuable Player, Rookie of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and Gold Glove winners of the first half.

 

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