On Livan Hernandez
“His stuff, from the stands it probably looks like he’s not throwing much. But he’s throwing a lot. And he knows how to pitch. He’s not throwing 93, 95 [mph] anymore, but he can make the 84 fastball look like 92 or 93.
“He’s hard to hit. I don’t care who he was pitching against tonight, they would have had trouble. And we had trouble.”
“We gave them too many runs real quick. J.J. was off his mark again, and made the 2-1 changeup to Dunn – that’s the longest home run I’ve ever seen hit here, I think. He made two really bad pitches and that’s three runs on the board out of the four he gave up.
“He didn’t pitch really, really bad, but he made some bad pitches.”
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“You look at his pitching performances this year. There’s some rough ones in there, but there’s a lot of zeroes and 1’s where’s he’s pitched great. He’s not done at all. He can still pitch. Doesn’t matter how hard you throw, if you can locate it.”
Don’t face many guys like him
“No, not at all. He’s different, but when you can locate all the pitches that he throws, you can win.”
“Every one we lose right now is a tough one for everybody.”
More frustrating when Livan gets a couple of bit hits?
“I think every game we lose right now is going to be frustrating, especially if the Phillies are winning. Every game right now is real important for us. Every game we don’t win is going to be stressful.”
On what’s wrong his last couple of starts
“If I knew the answer I’d give it to you. Just a couple of really rough starts for me. Just try to keep focused and keep working in the bullpen to get better, and hope the next start I can give my team a better effort.”
Is your stuff the same as it was earlier?
“Yeah, everything feels good. I’m just leaving the ball up and getting hurt.”
Was this similar to last start, in terms of the problems you had?
“My changeup’s really not doing anything, staying up. It’s like a BP fastball when the changeup is up. I’ve just been making too many mistakes, and it seems like every time I get two outs, the third out is really difficult to get. I don’t know why. I’m not trying to change anything. I don’t know what’s going on.”
“He [also] hit a home run and hit a ball to the gap to drive in a run. It was just his night tonight, I guess.”
On the race tightening with Rockies and Giants playing well
“It’s a tight race. It’s going to be tight. We’re not going to win every game, so we’ve got to concentrate on getting a series. We’ve got a chance to do that tomorrow.”
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“He had a great game. When his location’s on, that’s when he’s good, and tonight his location was on.”
“You really never know what’s coming. When he’s throwing the curveball over for a strike and he’s bringing that fastball over the outside corner, that’s when he has his good games. When he’s missing with the fastball and missing on that outside corner, that’s when he gets hit.
“You never know what’s coming at you, he’s from 60 miles per hour to 85 miles per hour.”
“We got kind of a warmup last night with a very similar pitcher. He doesn’t have Livan’s change of speeds or his location.
“Livan did what Livan does best, keep you off balance, throw sinkers, read your mind — when you’re looking breaking ball, throws you a sinker. When you’re looking sinker he throws you a breaking ball. And throws a split out of nowhere. He’s been here a long time. He knows how to pitch, that’s for sure.”
“Theoretically he’s probably one of the guys you want to go deep [into counts] on, even though my last at-bat I swung at the first pitch. Theoretically you probably want to see a long at-bat. You know you’re not going to knock him out of the game because of pitch count, because he’ll throw 120 pitches each time out.
“Obviously whatever gets a hit, gets a hit. But he’s not throwing you a get-me-over on the first pitch. He’s going to throw you an 0-2 pitch the first pitch, and he’s going to throw you maybe a 2-0 pitch when he’s 0-2. It’s just different.”
Early lead help him even more than most pitchers?
“He definitely knows how to pitch with a lead.”
“When you can locate like that – he’s not Greg Maddux, but he’s Maddux-esque when he can locate like he did tonight.”