Postgame Quotes With Braves’ Jordan Walden
Atlanta Braves’ right-hander Jordan Walden, recovering from a left hamstring strain, made his first rehab start for Gwinnett. Walden threw two thirds of an inning, allowing two runs on one hit, striking out three and issuing one wild pitch. Of his 23 pitches, 14 were strikes. Columbus scored twice against Walden in the first inning. He was electric early, striking out Jose Ramirez looking and Tyler Holt swinging. He struck out Adam Abraham as well, but his third strike was a wild pitch sending Abraham to first base. With the inning extended, former Atlanta Brave Elliot Johnson belted a two-run home run, ending Walden’s night.
After the G-Braves 6-0 loss, I caught up with Walden:
JD: How did you feel out there? How is the hamstring holding up?
JW: “I felt good. Hamstring felt good for the first time being out and seeing hitters for a little bit over a month, it felt good.”
JD: You threw 23 pitches, 14 for strikes, how would you access your command of the strike zone?
JW: “Yeah, I felt good until I got the runner on first base. Then I just felt a little rusty with a runner on base. Didn’t feel comfortable and threw a pitch where I didn’t want it and Elliot hit it out.”
JD: You played with Elliot (Johnson) last year. Was there some familiarity to your pitches that helped him out in his at bat?
JW:“I’m guessing he was sitting on a fastball and I just happen to throw it right down the middle of the plate. I played with him, he’s a good player and you just got to tip your hat to him for the swing he put on it.”
JD: Did you think you did a good job of executing your pitches tonight?
JW: “It was okay. I didn’t throw many off speed pitches, but the ones I did throw were pretty good.”
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