How would you rate it as a career achievement
“It’s hard to say there’s anything better. You know, obviously, throw a shutout and hit a homer, you win the game. It was fun, man. It was a lot of fun. It was nice to go out there and feel good, and feel under control, like everything was in sync.
“We just made a couple of adjustments from the last start. The last few weeks haven’t really felt like I wanted to. We just made a few adjustments and it really felt good.”
On his two-run homer
“Romero’s really good. He was really good. Had a good heater. I just got the [bat] head out. I knew he was going to throw me a fastball with a runner on first base, two out, pitcher up. If there’s a runner in scoring position, I might not be looking for the heater quite as much. But he threw it middle-in. If you know a fastball’s coming – I just threw the head at it, squared it up.”
Is that an argument against the designated hitter?
“No, we suck honestly hitting. I was hitting .040 coming into this game. But it was a big hit. A big homer.”
More on the overall game
“One-hit shutouts are awesome to be a part of. It would have been great to finish the game out tonight, but you can ask any starting pitcher: If they have a good game, go deep in the game and throw seven, eight shutout innings and get the RBI for the only run, it’s an awesome day for them. So to be able to hit a big home run, in front of your home stadium, in front of your home crowd, the day after Father’s Day? It’s definitely my most memorable, for sure.”
On waving to his kids in the stands at end of his home run trot
“They like to wave. So I throw them a little bone, give them a wave back. If not, they might think I don’t love them.” (smiles)
Was that as hard as the one he hit off Lohse in ’09?
“I’m about 180 pounds soaking wet. That’s about all I have.”
On 1,600th strikeout
“Yeah, on my way to Nolan Ryan. Ain’t got too much further to go.” (laughs)
“Sixteen hundred isn’t a lot, but I’m proud of it. For a sinkerball pitcher who doesn’t strike out a lot of people, I’m proud of it.”
“Tremendous outing. Eight innings with two hits, and he swung the bat, hit a homer. But for me the one you don’t see in the scorecard was David Ross, the way he handled him through eight innings, then we bring in Kimbrel — I think it might have been the first time we brought him in with runners on – and to get him through that 2-3-4 [hitters], helluva job. David Ross was co-MVP for me, with Huddy.”
More on Hudson
“He was really, really good. The ball was over the plate and it was sinking. He almost got Escobar to ground out one more time for a double play [in the ninth]. For me, he deserved every bit to go back out there in the ninth inning. I can’t think of any more adjectives to throw to both of those guys.”
Did Hudson argue about coming out?
“No. He’s a pro.”
Your reaction after Hudson’s homer?
“You don’t want to react because that was the seventh inning and you’ve still got six more outs. But you feel pretty good. You still want to add on runs, but today it was good enough because of the pitching. And we made all the plays defensively. And I can’t say enough about Rossy.”
On catching Hudson’s game
“It makes it really easy when he’s making pitches like that, when pitches are sinking and moving. It doesn’t take any rocket scientist to call a game for a guy who’s got that kind of stuff.”
On Hudson’s homer
“That was nice. I was all down because I got thrown out at the plate. Next thing I hear a big crack. I turned around and he’s running around the bases like an old man. We’ve got to work on his trot. That was a little slow for my taste.”
“We got down there and started talking about it, I said that looked like Brian Anderson. Rosenblatt (Stadium). He hit one off the scoreboard in the College World Series. Down and in.”
About as much as a pitcher can do?
“Oh, man, that’s as fun as it gets. As a teammate of somebody that good, and a longtime friend, catching his game like that, then him hitting the two-run homer … love that stuff.”
Fredi said he thought you were co-MVP for calling the game you did
“Oh, man. That’s nice of Fredi to say and I appreciate that. But my 4-year-old daughter could have been catching him tonight, with that stuff. He did a great job, made his pitches.”