“Man, oh, man, back-to-back nights. You’ve got to tip your cap to Gallardo. I mean, he was good. He was really, really good. And D-Lowe was real good also.
“I think Gallardo started that rally. He scored a run and he finished the game. He did everything today.
On Gallardo’s bloop hit
“Two-strike singles, you can’t defend that. Then we give up a couple of singles after that and then who scores the run…. I believe you’ve got to tip your hat to our guys, too. O’Flaherty, getting out of the bottom of that eighth inning with first-and-third and nobody out, keeping it a one-run ballgame. And the way we swing the bats, you feel good going in the ninth inning.”
On Gallardo pitching well every time vs. Braves
“He’s good. I think he’s done that to a lot of teams. He conserves his pitches pretty good, throws all of them for strikes. It’s 93, 94 [mph] with some movement.
“They made some nice plays defensively. Counsell was everywhere today. There were a couple of balls that were going to get through the infield that he made plays on. They played a nice game and Gallardo pitched a helluva game.”
Any concerns after scoring all those runs Sunday and then getting so little here, or just good pitchers you’ve faced?
“I think so [good pitchers]. You’ve got to tip your hat to Narveson yesterday and Gallardo today.”
On Lowe hitting for self in sixth to pitch the seventh
“He’s your opening-day starter and the ace of your staff, and you try to give him every opportunity to be the pitcher of record. But it comes to a point where it gets a little hairy.”
On the Morgan triple, did Heyward get bad read?
“No, they both lost it in the lights, believe it or not. Those things happen.”
On Uggla getting tagged out after over-sliding second base
“He’s not a base-stealer, but we had the hit-and-run on, and he just over-slid the bag a little.”
On throwing 80 pitches through four innings
“Always. That’s what I’m going to do this year.” [kidding]
“But no, he [Gallardo] gets all the credit. I mean, he gets the hit, scores the run, throws a shutout. That’s a pretty good day.”…
“It’s weird that you’re sitting here talking about a hit [by] the pitcher, but it wasn’t very good. It was kind of a hanging breaking ball. That’s why we threw so many, because he’s a legit hitter.
“But sometimes you just get out-pitched. That’s going to happen. There’s really nothing you can do. He’s one of the elite pitchers in the league, and he showed it.”
On his own performance
“There were some situations that I was able to get out of to keep us close. As I look back at this game, I think that’s one thing I’ll take out of it, is I was able to get kind of a big out to keep us respectable. Because you knew, just by the looks of the game [early], that it wasn’t going to be one of those games where you were going to be able to score three or four runs.”
“It’s no accident that Kotsay and Counsell played. There’s a reason why especially Counsell played. [Counsell was 10-for-28 against Lowe before Tuesday, and Kotsay was 6-for-16.] He was probably the happies guy in the world that I was out there. Those guys give me trouble.
“It was kind of the same game as Washington. I mean, these guys were very selective with what they want to hit off of me, and were able to, for the most part, mix up the way I’ve been throwing since last year. With that being said, they don’t really swing that much against me, so you’re just kind of sitting out there, because they’re looking for a ball in a certain zone and you try not to give it to them. If high pitch counts are a part of that, so be it.”
“All in all, it was a well played game. We just lost.”
Morgan had two hits to improve to 17-for-31 against Lowe
“I’m not a power guy, so those little guys that just fight and claw and put the bat on the ball … all three, Kotsay, Counsell and Nyjer, are low-ball hitters. That’s kind of obviously where I want to throw it, so we tried to do different games, and for the most part it worked. Braun gets a [RBI] hit, and that’s pretty much the end of the game.”
“He pitched great. And he got a hit. You know you’re not going to go a game without him getting a hit [Gallardo had four homers and won a Silver Slugger award last season].”
Is he one of the NL’s elite pitchers?
“I think he is. From the way he’s pitched the last few years, I think he’s really flown under the radar. I think you’ve got to mention him up there with all the elite pitchers. He’s really good.”
On always seemingly seeing him at his best
“Yeah, and tonight was certainly one of those times. He wasn’t striking out everybody like you’ve seen before. He just did it different ways. He made his pitches. There weren’t a lot of hard outs, either. He just pitched a really good game.”
On Lowe taking loss
“Since Day 1 of spring training, he’s been pitching really well. You feel bad when he has to suffer a loss like that.”
Not many opportunities, and wasted the few you had
“Yeah, that caught-stealing [by Uggla] was kind of unfortunate; I think it was a hit-and-run, but I’m not sure. And they got two double plays, myself and Chipper. The little trouble he did get in, he pitched his way out of nicely.”
“He’s been really good a lot against us. If you’d have told me we’d only had two strikeouts against him, I would have said we probably hit him around pretty good. You know, we put balls in play, just hit it at ‘em and didn’t hit it hard enough.”
“You can stomach it a little more as an offense when you know you’re up there putting good wood on the ball, as opposed to striking out. I mean, striking out leaves a sour taste in our mouths, and against the power pitchers that’s what you preach – put the ball in play. Because the more times you put the ball in play against a power pitcher, the more times you’ve got a chance to put balls in the gap and out of the ballpark.
“But he kept the ball down really well. It was down on the outer half. I mean, he pitched guys differently. He pitched Nate … jammed him in all night. Threw me away all night. Mixed it up with some guys. He was on top of it.”
On the only run
“It was unfortunate. Little blooper leading off the inning out of Gallardo, and that’s the one that comes around to score?
“It’s one of those ones where you don’t really spend too much time fretting about it, because Gallardo was tough. We competed. We played unbelievable defense the last three innings to keep it 1-nothing. There were a lot of positives to take out of tonight; Gallardo was just a little better that us.”
On not getting a runner into scoring position
“We’re still kind of getting our feet wet as an offense.We haven’t played together all t hat much. When the top of the lineup gets going, the offense will follow. When we get Prado and Nate and myself out there [on t he bases] quite a bit, that’s when we’re going to score a lot of runs.”