“It’s one of those, he’s just that guy. It seems like there’s always one guy in the rotation that doesn’t get any run support. And I’m sure he’s pitched that way, thinking about that stuff.
“They got a bunch of ground balls, I don’t think they hit the ball hard. That inning, there were a couple of plays that maybe we should have made, and it snowballed on him. But again, they held us to four hits.
“We haven’t had very many of these games in our young season so far. So forget about it, come back tomorrow afternoon and get a four- or five-game winning streak going.”
On Tim Stauffer’s performance
“He’s got command, throws a good changeup, throws the ball over the plate. To me, it looked like he threw all his pitches over the plate. He kept us off-balance all night.”
On offense, a little hot against Toronto but have struggled most of June
“That’s the way we’ve been hitting most of the year. If you look at our stats over the course of the year, we’re not where we want to be offensively as a team, as a club. But we’ve pitched better than this. That seventh inning got away from us a little bit.”
More on Lowe
“I wanted to keep him in there because he’s been pitching pretty good. Better than pretty good. And not getting anything to show for it. I’m sure he’s frustrated; we’re frustrated, and pulling for him. The team’s pulling for him. It’s just the way it goes sometimes. The way he is, he’s just going to go back out there and hopefully give us another solid outing.”
“The only pitch I’d take back was to Gonzalez. I’d try to throw it away… It was definitely a frustrating game. They weren’t hitting the cover off the ball, but they were getting some runs. That’s part of it. That inning went from two outs to out-of-the-game pretty fast. Wish I’d have gotten the ball away to Gonzalez instead of inner half [of the plate].
“That’s about it.”
On lack of run support
“That don’t matter. It seems like it’s always been kind of one mistake that I make, or two. The game seems pretty close for a while, then you make a few mistakes and it gets out of hand.
“Just keep going out there next time and try not to make mistakes.”
Frustrating season for you?
“To say the least. Three wins in 16 or 17 starts is probably not what I had in mind during the spring. But that’s where we are. Everyone else is pitching great; that definitely makes it a little easier.”
On things spiraling after the double over Heyward
“It’s not even that. The one pitch to Gonzalez. Maybin gets the infield hit [to Chipper Jones], then fell behind to Headley, or Hundley [it was Hundley, who then walked]. Then the key pitch of the game, [Gonzalez] gets a hit. The pitcher gets a hit, and you’re done.”
“We hit the ball hard in the first inning, unfortunately Mac hit it right at [the shortstop on double play]. We started off strong, then second at-bat he’s throwing off-speed pitches for strikes. We’re taking them because we don’t want to swing at 0-0 off-speed on the corner. He just threw effective pitches with that cutter and two-seamer away, and curveballs and changeups. He kept us off-balance the whole game.
“It’s just one of those games that we try to put behind us and just go out tomorrow and try and hopefully do a little bit better than today.”
What was he getting all the groundballs with?
“It’s the cutter. It was just going down a little bit and we kept topping the ball. Then he started using the changeup in the second and third, which he didn’t use in the first. He kept changing sequences on us. He’s a good pitchers; there’s a reason why he has a 3.00 ERA – under that now.”
Did Lowe pitch better than his final line indicated?
“Unfortunately. It was just two runs [most of] the game. Unfortunately we just didn’t get him any runs while he was out there. He’s trying to make the perfect pitch, and he can’t do that every time he’s out there. We just didn’t get him any runs to feel a little bit comfortable. He was always on the edge tonight.”
Did you feel like you were back in it after two-run homer cut it to 5-2?
“Obviously when we get a couple of runs on the board it’s going to be feel a little bit better. But then they went back out there and just kind of pushed momentum back on their side, then came up the next inning and did it again. When we got the momentum, they just changed it right back.”
On inconsistent offense
“It seems like we do this every time. We’ll score a few runs, then run into a good pitching performance.”