“Jason had a great night offensively. Baserunning, twice he was good. He knocked in four runs, had four hits….
“J.J. was off his mark a little tonight. He had unbelievable stuff, [a lot of] strikeouts, but the walks got his pitch count up. We were hoping he could go seven tonight, at least. But he battled through it. He just got off target, lost his aim.
“O’Flaherty came in and got a huge out there. No telling what’s going to happen if they get a hit there.”
On Heyward’s slide and scoring from first base on Prado’s single to right
“Unbelievable. He can do things on the bases. His instincts are so great.”
How many times do you see a guy score from first on a hit like that?
“Almost never…. His instincts are, I’m going until somebody stops me.”
“We got six runs with two outs.”
On team confidence
“We’ve been pretty level-headed the whole season. We understand there’s going to be ups and downs. We understand there’s going to be injuries, trades, moves, things like that. What it comes down to, we know we have to show up every day and play our game.”
On Prado’s single, what are you thinking coming around second base?
“As I’m going on the pitch, it’s 3-2, I know I’ve got to get a pretty good jump in case my team puts in it play somewhere. Right there I’m looking to run.”
Didn’t slow at all?
“No, I didn’t stutter-step at all. I took a peek over my shoulder while the play was still right there close to me, and after that it was up to the third-base coach.”
Looks like you’re driving ball again like the first couple of months
“That’s just staying with it, keep working, get some timing back, get some comfort back and be able to go from there.”
On contributing to pennant race like he has lately
“It’s always great to be able contribute, man, from Day 1 to the last day of the season.”
On the two-out hits, his and Prado’s back-to-back
“Huge. It’s kind of funny, J.J. got that two-out knock, being the pitcher with two strikes right there. Then Omar was able to get on base and make something happen. Then with Martin [Prado's hit after Heyward's], being able to get runs with two outs there, that does a lot to a bullpen or a pitching staff.”
“The way that everybody’s thinking – we’re thinking playoffs right now. Every single win we can get matters. We’re trying to play a little ball. If we play like that, we’ll be fine.”
On Heyward’s game
“I’m not surprised. Since I saw that guy in spring training, I knew that he’s going to be one of the guys that’s going to change everything with this team. As he goes, we go.”