“I thought he was outstanding. We didn’t misplay the ball but we couldn’t get that double play with the pitcher over there at second base, which was a tough play coming in on it. And that run scored. But he was outstanding.
“He hasn’t pitched in nine days and to come back and give us six innings…. We were tempted to run him back out there for another inning, but we chose to err on the side of caution. He hadn’t pitched in nine days. Build on this start for the next one. That was [typical] Huddy tonight.”
On the replay of Schafer’s steal
“I didn’t see it, but the guys came out saying they think he got in there. For me that’s the hardest call for the umpires, second base steal, the tag. I don’t know why. It’s one of the hardest ones to get right. But that wasn’t the game. We had some opportunities. We had couple guys on in the eighth inning, a couple guys on in the sixth inning, we couldn’t get a knock in there to get a couple runs.”
On stranding runners in late innings
“That’s, I wouldn’t say the most frustrating part, but that’s the stuff you keep waiting for your offense to get a couple runs, and split a gap and run the bases.”
On if still seeing some positive signs from offense
“Well, we got nine hits. Yeah, you figure you get nine, 10 hits a game you figure you’ll put a pretty big number on the scoreboard. We’re just not getting them with people on base.”
On Schafer getting on three times
“He’s been good. He’s done a terrific job at leadoff, getting on base, whether it’s a hit or a walk. That’s what you need.”
On if Schafer was going on his own on ninth-inning steal
“Yeah he’s on his own most of the time. We thought we had a good chance to do it there. I got no problem with it. That’s what he does for a living; he uses his legs. We get in scoring position there, bloop one in there and the game’s over.”
On unlikely hero for Padres in Phillips
“It’s the major leagues and if you swing the bat, you’ve got a chance to hit one out. I think that was the first base hit he’s gotten off a left-handed pitcher in the major leagues. That’s just the way it goes sometimes.”
On O’Flaherty, was he unavailable again today because of his back?
“He threw a nice side today. We were going to use him today if we would have gone 13, 14, 15, innings, but just in case of emergency. But he threw the ball real well, so he should be good to go tomorrow.”
On Gearrin’s first appearance since recalled (2 Ks, perfect inn.)
“Gearrin’s been good. The bullpen – what are you going to do, try to hold a tie game every night? They give up a run and we want to shoot the bullpen.”
On offensive slump leading to so many extra-inning games
“It’s bonus baseball almost every night. But hopefully that will change.”
On his back (had missed previous start)
“What we did since my last start, with the therapy and everything, seemed to work.”
“I could have gone [longer], but it’s one of those things – first day back, 10 days off. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, so you want to make sure things are right this first back and be ready for the rest of the season.”
On not extending momentum of the two weekend wins
“It was a tough loss. Another one of those games where we felt like we should have won. A couple of bad throws to second base, one by myself and one to try to double off the pitcher right there, pretty much cost us the game. It was a tough one, but we’re going to come out tomorrow and try to get some more momentum going.”
With offense lagging, do you feel like you almost have to be perfect, not give up more than a couple of runs
“I think every one of us, when we go out there and our goal is to not give up any runs, whether we’re scoring a lot of runs or not. I think our job is to go out there and put up zeroes, take a little pressure off the offense. We have all the confidence in the world that we’re going to start putting some crooked numbers on the board. We’ve just got to wait for our guys to start punishing the other guy on the mound.”
On his throw to second base
“It was nowhere in the same area code as Gonzo. It cost us a run right there. Then the same way with the popup, the baserunning mistake by the pitcher when he got on. But hindsight is always 20-20. We had opportunities to put more runs on the board, for those to have been non-issues. But the bottom line is, those two plays cost us the game. We should have won 2-nothing, and instead we had to go extra innings and they ran into one.”
*** JORDAN SCHAFER
On ninth-inning stolen base, did you think you were safe?
“Yeah, I just went and watched the video. I was safe.”
Fredi said you were going on your own and that he didn’t have a problem with it
“If I stay on first there, you need a double in the gap to try to score. I guess the guys on the bench say it was kind of even a pitch-out; I guess they know I’m going to go sometime in that at-bat. He gave me a green light and I took off. I was safe, but we’re all going to make mistakes.”
“I told [the umpire] I was safe. He didn’t say anything. But like I said, we’re all going to make mistakes.”
On team wasting scoring opportunities late
“No doubt. Huddy threw outstanding. If I catch that line drive and just throw the guy out at second, that bloop hit doesn’t happen, they don’t score that run and we win the game 2-1. So…. You learn from that and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
On the play and his bad throw to 2nd
“I saw it coming and it surprised me that he [pitcher Aaron Harang] was off the bag. I threw the ball off-balance and it just kind of sailed on me.”
*** BROOKS CONRAD
Lot of scoring opportunities wasted, frustrating given how well Braves pitched?
“Yeah. I mean, Huddy threw a great game and the bullpen came in and threw well. Obviously coming up with a big hit, we’ve struggled a little with that lately. But the Padres have a great staff up and down, both their starting pitching and bullpen – everybody in the bullpen is tough. You’ve got to come up with that big hit and score those runs when you can, because playing against a team like the Padres with the pitching they’ve got up and down, the opportunity might not come again. So yeah, a little frustrating. You’ve got to take advantage [of scoring opportunities].”
On the offense, does it feel at all like you’re close to clicking?
“Yeah, it’s been so close. Honestly, we haven’t been putting up a lot of runs the last few weeks, but there’s been so many guys that just need a little luck out there. Uggs obviously has struggled, but he’s had absolutely no luck. Every time he’s hit the ball hard it seems like it’s been at somebody, or he’s taken a great swing and fouled it straight back.
“But that’s why it’s a long season, so you’ve just to keep in the back of your mind that we’ve got a good team and we’re still right there. We’ve got a good lineup. We haven’t been been able to do what we can do, but we’re still in May and we’ve got a long way to go.”
On Uggla, you’ve seen him kill the Braves in the past, is that why you’re all confident he’ll get going?
“It’s not just him. Up and down, there’s some guys that can get going a little bit. But everybody knows what type of player he is and what a good hitter he is. It’s just a matter of time before he starts getting going.”