“That’s a nice way to get a game. Good thing Mac when 17 innings last night or whatever it was. I’ve got to think him for gutting it out yesterday.”
More comfortable facing guys you’ve caught a lot?
“Yeah, I think a little bit. I think you kind of know their tendencies a little more than other guys. And being a catcher, you know that guys will go to their strengths when they’re behind in the count or whatever, and if I know what that strength is… I think he was trying to go down and away and it was up. He didn’t make the pitch, both times. But he’s got good stuff. I’m fortunate to be able to get a couple off him.”
On Jurrjens getting it back after the long inning
“To be honest with you, I think with a seven-run lead, sometimes it’s kind of hard to get your concentration back after a long inning like that, and how locked in he was early on, making his pitches. For me, it was a little bit of a concentration lapse until they got some runners on and he didn’t want to let them back in the game. He did a good job of grinding it out after that. His slider didn’t show up until the seventh.
“It was a credit to him to save our bullpen today, but his stuff wasn’t as sharp as he normally is, for him. He gave up a lot of hits, but just pitched his tail off when those guys got on base.”
On Jurrjens throwing just 45 pitches through 5 innings
‘That was unbelievable. I thought we were on a roll. He got a lot of groundballs, one of those things were I thought he was cruising, like, this is going to be easy today.”
On getting early lead
“The whole thing started with Chipper’s home run. That big home run to the big part of the field. After a long game [Monday] where we were scrapping for runs, that home run put us on the board and really helped us out a lot.”
On having patience and getting some walks tonight after none in 13 innings last night
“We didn’t really know that guy [Monday starter Moseley]. The thing in the big leagues, sometimes it’s better to face a guy with good stuff but you know what he’s trying to do to you, rather than a young guy that you’re trying to feel out for three or four innings.”
On having three homers in nine at-bats against Harang
“I didn’t even know I had good numbers against him, to be honest with you. I’ve hit the mistakes. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. When you catch a guy, you know what he’s got. I feel fortunate to have the night I had off a quality pitcher like Aaron Harang.”
On his first 2-homer game since 2009
“You know what I’m so happy about? Brian McCann didn’t have to come into the game today, and I’m very happy about that. The only game he hasn’t had to come in [before today] was the second game of the doubleheader.
“For me, that’s my ultimate goal – when I get in there I want to win and give him the day off, too. I want him to be rested, because I get overexposed [playing a lot late in season].”
Especially nice to tie Mick in a game like this?
“It always feels good tying Mick. I just finally ran into one. Got into a predictable count and got us off on the right foot.”
On the win, Jurrjens’ performance, lot of offense, etc.
“It was big because we needed to give some guys a night off in the bullpen. Any time you get a complete game, that’s huge. Gives some of your key arms a chance to have a night off. I think maybe Sherrill got up and warmed up, that was it. It was good. He stayed on the corners, made pitches when he had to, kept them off the board.
“The big inning in the sixth, where we scored five, that was big. Because that kind of broke the game open and gave him the confidence that he could go out and make a mistake and not have it cost him.”
On luxury of having David Ross as a backup catcher
[Chipper looks to see if Ross is still at his locker a few stalls down.]
“Is he gone? [laughter]. Yeah, it huge. It’s really huge, to have a guy back there who is as good defensively as anybody in the game, then have him come in and swing the bat a little bit, too – two homers, four RBIs out of a backup, that’s a nice luxury to have. It’s not the first time he’s done it, too.”
On coming back to play well after last night’s 13-inning loss
“We all realize it’s a long season and you’re going to have losses that sting you. The fact of the matter is, there’s no use in dwelling on it. If you’ve got your head up your butt the next day, you’re going to get beat again. So you might as well come out and do something about it. We didn’t play a real sharp game last night; it was disappointing after playing really well in San Francisco. But we bounced back tonight and set the tone early, and just kept wailing away.”
Can finish 6-4 on trip with win tomorrow
“Yeah, and I think any East Coast team will take it, when you come out here. Anything at .500, over .500 is a good trip, because it’s a tough swing to make.”
Did you have to get it back after the long inning, with big lead?
“I didn’t want to go out there and think about having a big lead. I think I tried to be a little too perfect and threw a few too much pitches. Ross came out and talked to me and I got back in the mindset of being aggressive and throwing strikes again. That helped me a lot.”
How big was Ross for you tonight, between his two homers and work behind the plate?
“He’s been catching all my games so far, and we’ve been on the same page. It makes it easy when you and your catcher have the same gameplan. Every pitch he puts down [signals for] is the pitch I’m thinking about. That makes it easy, when you have a catcher thinking same way you’re thinking.”
Did you think about going deep or throwing a complete game after last night’s long game?
“I was thinking about it, but I didn’t want to put a lot of pressure on myself. I just wanted to come in and try to eat some innings. I knew the bullpen needed some rest after playing [long] extra-inning games in LA. and yesterday.”
Quite a bit different story than your start here last April 12 – 3-1/3 innings, 8 runs, 8 hits
“I’m just having fun. I think I really appreciate what I’m doing right now. I think by missing [time] last year, being able to play again, I’m like a little kid out there. Just trying to have fun and throw strikes.”
And being healthy?
“Yes, that’s the main thing.”
On throwing only 45 pitches through first 5 innings despite not having, according to Ross, your best stuff
“A lot of my pitches were up. They hit some really hard ground balls to the shortstop. Alex and Chipper and Uggla really played good defense behind me. They were swinging early; that helped, too. They were chasing. Whenever a team is aggressive like that and hits balls right to the infield, it really helps.”
On Jurrjens pitching CG when Braves really needed it
“After that long 13-inning game yesterday, he did a nice job with the complete game. Rossy did a helluva job – not only offensively with two home runs, four RBIs, but he did a nice job getting him through those difficult innings in the middle fo the game.”
On the offense, Chipper getting it started
“That ball he hit, pretty much straight center, in this ballpark, that ball was touched pretty good. For him to be tied with Mickey … I mean, there’s names on that list, Mickey Mantle and those guys, and now we’re witnessing Chipper Jones getting those milestones. It really does give me goosebumps every time one of those milestones is reached, to be there in the dugout.”
On Alex Gonzalez’s bases-loaded single
“That was big. We were patient that inning and got him in trouble. We made him throw strikes, and we were able to put up a big number, a 5-spot.”
On J.J. coming back after the long inning, did he have to regain his rhythm?
“I think so. But again, Rossy’s not only an offensive player, but he teamed up with him pretty good and got him through those innings.”