“We didn’t do the stuff that we work on all the time. That’s a little bothersome.”
“To tell you the truth, I thought we were in that game the whole night, even in the ninth inning. Keep it at two runs and you’ve got a chance. You know, you start to see some spark in the offense, you see some swings, and you think, OK, keep it at two runs and we may sneak one out tonight. But that wasn’t the case.
“I thought we hit a ball hard there in the eighth inning, Gonzo to the shortstop. But … regroup and come out tomorrow.”
By things you work on, you mean things like throws by the pitcher to second base?
“Yeah. The fundamentals. And you know what? It happens. It’s part of this game. I mean, nobody’s trying to throw the ball away anywhere. That’s why you go over and over them in spring training and during the season, and you still … they’re a little harder than they appear. You know, what are you gonna do?
“I thought Danny swung the bat well. Had a chance. How does his ball not go out and Ramon Hernandez’s ball goes out? That’s how the baseball gods are testing his will right now. Ramon hit it good, right down the line, it’s a home run. And Danny squared it up and gets a sac fly out of it. But that’s just the way it goes. You see some spurts, see some balls hit hard at people. Instead of a one-run game it could have been us two runs up.”
Why use Kimbrel in the ninth, trailing 3-1?
“Trying to keep the game right there. Trying to keep the game to two runs. Out of the people that we had left – we had Venters and we had Martinez – he [Kimbrel] is the only guy we feel comfortable throwing [just] one inning. The other guys we could throw two innings. Venters could throw two innings if we tie it. Martinez could throw four or five.
“The whole game you’ve got this gut feeling, and you go, Craig’s going to give you one inning right here and if we tie it, Venters can give you two, and Martinez can give you the rest.”
That’s two in a row for Hanson where he wasn’t sharp
“Well, when you go through 30-some starts during the course of the year, you’re going to have some of those. Hopefully he’s got these two out of the way and we’ll get him a stretch for a long period of time, six or seven starts in a row.”
Leadoff walk hurt Kimbrel again
“And I think that’s the first time he’s come in without the game tied or to save it. I’m not sure, but I’m pretty sure that’s the first time, at least this year. So maybe that’s another learning experience.”
“I think a lot of those pitches, I was just missing. And when I did get ahead, they laid off some pitches…
“I wasn’t trying to pick, but after watching the video a little bit it looked like I was trying to pick. I was trying to be aggressive and go after them, but I was just barely missing. I didn’t want to make a drastic adjustment and start throwing everything right down the middle.”
“I threw a lot of pitches. I threw that ball into center field; it sucked. That’s it. I feel like I was just barely missing.”
You looked particularly angry with yourself after your throwing error
“Yeah, I’m not going to be happy when I do that. I just went to grab it and it kind of slipped out of my hand. I should have not made the throw to second; I should have just got the out at first, and instead I threw it to center field. I don’t know how many more pitches I had to make after that.”
“It was just one of those days. I went out there and went as hard as I can for as long as I can, and just really didn’t get the job done.”
“It wasn’t a very pretty game for us, to say the least.”
Ugly night all around?
“Yeah, it was not a very good brand of baseball. Just a lack of concentration. Continued to shoot ourselves in the foot, time and time again, both offensively, defensively, on the bases … it was just not a very good display of quality baseball.”
And they kept wasting scoring chances, keeping you guys in it
“Yeah, we were in trouble all night. Tommy and the bullpen did a good job of keeping it close there until the ninth. We had opportunities all night, guys on first and second [with] nobody out, bases loaded…. We had our chances, but just couldn’t cash them in. You figure with nine hits and all the walks that we had, we’d be able to push across more than one run. That’s the way the ball’s bouncing for us right now. We’ve got to fight to turn it around.”
Had chances late
“It was setting up pretty much like the whole last month has, for us to keep it close and somebody to come through with the bit hit. We thought we got it with Uggla. Didn’t go.
“That’s about as well as you can scatter nine hits. It seemed like both teams just had opportunity after opportunity and couldn’t get the big hit until Hernandez’s homer in the ninth.”