on Ross’ go-ahead two-run hit with 2 out in 9th
“Big hit for Rossy. I thought that might have gotten us over the hump. But hey, it’s a tough game, a humbling game. You’ve got to get all the outs, and we didn’t do that.”
Able to take any positives from coming back?
“You know what? The positive is that we’ve been in every single ballgame, and we really haven’t hit our stride offensively. The pitching has been outstanding, defense has been outstanding, baserunning today got us in position to win the ballgame. We just couldn’t get the last out.”
“Don’t get me wrong, I’d like to win some of those 10-run games. But you’re in every ballgame, and the guys know they’re not swinging the bats like they’re capable of swinging. So you tip your hats to the Dodgers – they came up with some big hits with two outs and two strikes – and we go on and nobody’s going to feel sorry for us. We go on to San Francisco.”
On Kimbrel’s 0-2 pitch that Casey Blake hit to tie the game in 9th
“You can’t make mistakes on 0-2, and we did today. And we walked the leadoff hitter in the ninth, and hit Barajas [leading off the 11th]. Anytime you do that you’re asking for trouble.”
“He almost threw 40 pitches that first inning, and we got him all the way through six in 110, I think.”
On Venters not pitching today
“Jonny’s got some stuff going on with his arm. It’s nothing bad; it’s not in the elbow, it’s not in the shoulder. It’s in the muscle, biceps-triceps stuff, and we tried to stay away from him the past couple of days. He’s gotten better every day. Hopefully tomorrow [they will decide they can use him].”
On fighting back against Kershaw in 9th
“In all this you forget about Kershaw’s performance. He gave you a helluva game, and for the way he was pitching, to come back and scratch a couple of runs and be in line for the win, you feel good. And I told the guys that just before you guys [reporters] came in. So let’s get out of here and go to San Francisco. No easy task there, either.”
On Heyward and Uggla baserunning in 9th
“That’s what I’m saying, you’ve got to be pleased with the aggressive. Danny going to second and being in position to win the game with David Ross’s hit.”
Settling down after the 36-pitch first inning
“They got some cheap hits. They really worked the count; they weren’t chasing a lot of pitches. They’ve got a good lineup with balance. It’s a difficult lineup to try to pitch out of the zone and make them chase. They’re patient and really work the [at-bat].”
Can you guys take positives out of this game
“Definitely. We came up with clutch pitching, clutch hitting, clutch baserunning, when Uggla went [to second] on the hit to left field. We just need to keep playing well and I think things are going to change.”
On matchup up with Kershaw
“He’s a good pitcher, a strikeout pitcher, a dominant pitcher. He showed it today going to the top of the ninth.”
On the 0-2 pitch that Casey Blake hit in 9th to tie
“I tried to go fastball away and it just went back over the plate. I didn’t thow the pitch where I wanted 0-2 and he made me pay. He turned on the ball and dug in.”
How tough is that, after your team has come back to take a lead?
“J.J. threw a great game, our hitters battled to come back towards the end of the game. I just didn’t get the job done today.”
Struck out the side next inning
“I just went out there and tried to make my pitches, and that’s what happened.”
Take any positives from this game?
“I guess there’s some positives, but I don’t think we can see them right now. Maybe tomorrow. I think this is a tough loss. It’s just one of those things where you fight…. Kershaw was tough today and we tried to put some good at-bats together, and we finally got to him in the ninth.
“Yeah, J.J. threw well … I’m trying to think of all the positives. Freddie. Yeah, we’re doing some things right. But I don’t think we’re clicking together yet. I don’t think everybody’s on the same page. When we do click together, you see those innings like two nights ago [Tuesday’s eight-run ninth].
“We’re getting there. We haven’t really even starting hitting well, and we’re in a lot of games. When we get that going…
“I think we feel like our bullpen’s a little down without Moylo in there, and we’re having to use some guys in situations we may not usually use them in, to pick up some slack.”
“We’re going to be alright. They’re a good team, and we know we’re a good team. We’ve just got to start playing like it.”
On the status of his pitching arm
“It’s just a little sore.”
“Yeah, it’s around that area.”
Tough to watch today?
“Yeah. I felt fine. I felt like I was fine to pitch, but they’re trying to be cautious to make sure, since it’s early in the season. But it was tough [to watch].”