“We came right back against a real tough pitcher and a tough bullpen right now. We had a chance to win it. We just … we only got 2-1/3 innings out of our starter, and it’s hard to work around that.
“We held them except for that one inning, which is saying something against their club and the way they can hit.
“We need a well-pitched game tomorrow, for sure.”
On McCann’s baserunning gaffe
“He thought he could make it. That’s on his own. You don’t coach that.”
On Minor, was he supposed to bunt?
“Yeah, he was. For some reason he missed the sign. I have no clue [why].”
On Minor’s pitching
“He struggled in the first, second and the third. He struggled every inning.”
Was it a struggle from the start?
“Not really. I just couldn’t get my breaking pitches over, and basically they just weren’t going to swing at anything that looked like it was bending or change-of-speeds or anything like that. Really they just negated anything but the fastball, so it just kind of limited me to, if I don’t hit the spot, they’re going to hit it pretty hard.”
Did you just not see the bunt sign?
“It was just a mess-up on my part. I had it the first time, but I guess I just wasn’t really thinking, because he didn’t give it to me the second time, but it’s already on. It’s automatic. I just didn’t think about it.
“That could possibly have been a run right there, if I’d have moved him to second, then Omar had the hit, he possibly could have scored.
“But just the whole game, I just really didn’t have anything going for me the whole game.”
Still feeling fatigue like you said a couple of starts back?
“I actually felt pretty good today. But like I said, the changeup – too many of them in the dirt, wasn’t throwing many strikes, so they weren’t offering on that. Curveballs, same thing. They’re not going to offer at it until I prove to them that I can throw it for a strike.”
“I don’t know if it’s the end of the season or what, but lately my command’s been off a little bit. In the minor leagues it was little better, I could locate it where I wanted to in and out, but now it’s getting harder and harder each start. I don’t know. Just more and more over the middle of the plate.”
On his homer
“Pretty excited. Pennant race, Roy Halladay, couldn’t really ask for much more for the first home run.”
Did you get it back?
“Yeah, it went into our bullpen, so it was a little easier to get it back.”
You hit the first pitch
“I just got a cutter and tried to ambush him, and I got it.”
Have you hit many like that, as hard as that?
“That was definitely as hard as I can hit a ball. That was probably one of my best swings that I’ve taken all year, really.”
Did you get around the bases as fast as Jason does?
“I was just trying not to fall.”
Coming off Halladay, does that make it more special?
“I’ll remember it. I’d still remember it even if it wasn’t off Roy Halladay, but definitely a special one.”
What were you thinking going around the bases, or could you think?
“No. I was just in a cloud, really. Pretty exciting. Unfortunately, we didn’t come out with a victory. But these guys really congratulated me nicely, and it definitely means a lot.”