On out-hitting Padres 12-4, night after getting out-hit 12-4 by them
“I know we haven’t done it consistently, but we’re capable of those kinds of numbers. We got some good pitches to hit and I thought our approach offensively was good all night. We got some runners in, got some runners in scoring position and put up a big number.”
“He gave us six innings with probably not his best stuff, just stuff-wise. But he pitched. He got himself out of two or, I want to say, three of the first six innings were first-and-second, one out or no outs? [None out, actually.]. He made the pitch when he had to.”
On Uggla and Heyward
“Danny had a four-RBI night, and Heyward – from both of those guys you’re seeing some better takes, some better approaches, getting on base, hitting the ball hard.”
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“For me, he’s been the most consistent guy we’ve had. Even on nights like this, where he didn’t have his good stuff, he kept you in the game. Good for us and for him that we were able to get the offense going and get him his 10th victory.”
McLouth’s best game since got back from DL?
“He’s only been back a few days. Before he went on the DL, we moved him to the eighth spot and he started swinging the bat. He’s been doing that down there.”
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“Here’s another guy that’s been back about seven or 10 days, something like that, and he’s swinging the bat and getting his legs under him, looking more like the Jason Heyward that we saw last year in the first couple of months of the year.”
On Uggla keeping his head more still in his swing, etc.
“When you see him take pitches, and his head is right there and his stride is down, he’s not jumping, you feel good about it. It’s coming. He’s been doing this for about seven or eight days. I think he’s hit in maybe seven out of the last eight games, or six out of the last seven. Little by little.”
On working out of several jams, 2 on with none out to start 3 innings
“I’m not really trying to get myself into jams. The last couple of starts, I’ve just not had my control like I want to. I just need to go back and go to basics, throw strikes and try to pitch to contact.”
Feel good about getting a win and allowing only one run on night when didn’t have best stuff?
“Today was a lucky day. Any time you walk four and only give up one run – it’s not really easy to get yourself in trouble and get out of it. I think I was lucky to get away with a couple of walks to lead off the inning, and just bear down to make my pitches when I needed to make my pitches.”
“The last couple of starts, my command was not like I want it to be. I’m making it a little more difficult on myself, walking leadoff guys.”
“Like I said, I made my pitches when I needed to make my pitches, but it’s not really a way I want to keep pitching this season.”
Feel fortunate to get to 10 wins so fast, then, especially after starting season on the DL?
“You need to have some luck, too. Sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good. The guys have been giving me a lot of run support, and I’ve been able to maintain [leads] until we get to the bullpen. And then after that, we’ve scored more runs. That makes it easy when you’ve got offense on your side. You can concentrate a little bit more and you can make mistakes. I want to think the team for getting me to 10 wins.”
On reaction after walking the first two batters in the fifth inning
“I got really mad. I prefer them to hit a double, triple or home run than have guys on base on walks. You give the other guys that come behind them a little more confidence, because they know you’ve got to try to throw a strike. When you have to throw a fastball over the plate, you get yourself in a danger zone like that.”
Any adjustments you’ve made?
“There’s little things here and there. I’ve just been trying to start earlier, mostly. If I tap [my toe] earlier, it’s going to give me more time to be on time with a fastball and be able to recognize off-speed.
“That’s just one of the main things that I’ve been working on.”
The past week or so, feel like you’re getting closer to coming out of this?
“Yeah. It’s funny, a lot of times I’ve gone up there thinking about when I should be tapping, instead of just focusing on picking up the ball. But that’s what happens when you’re struggling and your timing’s off. So work on it in B.P. and the cage, get your timing down there and go to picking up [seeing] the ball.”
“To see some pitches, go deep in counts and get some walks, that’s my game.”
This the kind of game you needed – two hits, went deep, couple of walks?
“It really is. I went deep in some counts. I don’t even know if that last pitch that I hit out was a strike, and to be on time with a fastball and be able to get on top of it like that, that’s a great sign.”
Can a big hitting night like this build confidence for the team?
“Yeah, anytime you’re starting to get hits as a team – hitting is contagious. To see somebody hit a line drive, you’re like, oh, man, let me get a bat, I want to get up there and do the same thing.
“That’s just one of the things about baseball, man. You’ve just got to go up and be confident and cocky and put a good swing on good pitches.”
On Jurrjens working out of three jams
“He’s a gamer, man. He’s going to go out and battle, and he did it again tonight. As a player, you’re never really worried with him on the mound. Because once it gets to crunch time, with runners in scoring position, he just gets that much tougher.”
On Jurrjens working out of multiple jams
“Yeah, he was walking the tightrope. He made pitches when he had to. He’s been doing that the whole first half. He’s got 10 wins on a team with no run support. That’s pretty impressive. He’s leading the league in ERA.
“He walked how many guys today? But he made the big pitch when he had to, whether it was a double play, a flyout. Two guys on with no outs. You’d like for him to be a little cleaner than that, but you can’t argue with the results.”
On Jurrjens being fastest to 10 wins since Glavine in 2002
“He’s been awesome. It’s good to see him pitching. He’s pitching. He’s pitching to contact now, not trying to strike everybody out. Things are working out for him.”
On Heyward, Uggla having as good a night as either has had in a while
“We’ll take any contribution we can get at this point, from anybody. But it’s good to see two guys who’ve either been hurt or struggling during the first half, kind of coming out of it a little bit. For Uggs, another homer, you’re really starting to see him have one or two good at-bats during the course of a game, and one or two bad at-bats. But he drew a couple of walks, scored a couple of runs, and then the big three-run homer to kind of cap off the night.
“And on the flipside, J-Hey was kind of the ignitor all night. When you get those guys on in the 1 or 2 spots, guys like me and Mac, and Freddie and Uggs, it warms our hearts.”