“For me the MVP was Cristhian Martinez. We were lucky, we could have taken him all the way up to 100 pitches because he had thrown in Gwinnett. He did one heck of a job.”
On play at plate
“Just reading his lips, he thought he missed the tag at the plate. I don’t know. I haven’t had a chance to see the replay.”
On what he’s thinking after it looked like Lugo was out
“I’m thinking OK, we have first and third and [Martin] Prado at the plate and we’ll give him another chance. Then I saw, somebody had an angle where [Scott] Proctor had fallen down coming out of the box, it could have been out at first and out at the plate. It could have been a double play. We were fortunate.”
“I say him swipe it and I was reading his lips and then I saw us celebrating. I think he said he thought he missed him.”
On McCann’s injury
“We are going to put him on the DL with that oblique. Hopefully it is not a bad oblique. There are different grades of it and hopefully we can get him back in 15-20 days. That’s a big bat out of the lineup. We’ll bring up [J.C.] Boscan and use [David Ross]. Rossy came in and did a heck of a job handling those bullpen guys. … He’ll catch tomorrow.”
On Wednesday game
“I think our bullpen is in pretty good job but I think both teams are going to have to push their starters a little bit.”
Who would have pitched next after Proctor?
“Derek Lowe. We were going to run him out there. He was up here getting his ankle taped. I would have used Derek instead of a position player.”
“Proctor would have gone one more inning and then that was it.”
On the game-ending play at the plate
“I know I’m safe.” [Smiles]
Did he miss you?
“Yeah, I think so. He made the right call.” [Raises eyebrows]
What, your slide was so fast we couldn’t see you hit plate before the tag? [Sarcasm]
“That’s what happened.” [Smiling]
You secretly snuck around him? [More sarcasm from reporter]
“I was trying to avoid the tag.”
Surprised by the call?
“He made an appreciation call. Safe or out. That’s what they do.”
An appreciation call?
“Yes. You can appreciate if I was safe or out. He thought I was safe.”
What did you think?
“I was safe.” [Smiles]
How many times were you tagged?
“I was safe.”
So you were never tagged?
“I was safe.”
Ever been a part of a game like this?
“It was crazy, but it was good.”
On falling down as he came out of the batter’s box, not seeing play at plate
“I was just thinking get to first because you don’t want to be doubled up.”
Have you ever been a part of something this crazy?
“Not as crazy. I played in an 18- or 19-inning game in A-ball. It was just one of those things. A great effort to have the guys gut it out the way they did all the way to the end. The defense went all the way with Freddie Freeman. For [David Ross] to come in and pick up [Brian] McCann. It was awesome. We showed a lot of guts.”
“Cristhian, you can’t say enough. And the rest of the pen.”
On the last play, his game-winning fielder’c choice
“It was just, get up and run. All I could think of when I got to first was I will be part of the blooper reel. It was just one of those ones that it was a great relief to have it done.”
On falling down coming out of batter’s box
“The first time, when I grounded to third I forgot where first was. I was running to the dugout. I knew that I forgot how to run the bases.”
“I slipped coming out of the box [on the last play]. When they showed the play at home, I was still in the frame. That’s how bad it was. It was pretty bad. Very easily [could have been a double play]. The only reason it wasn’t was because he [catcher McKenry] argued. If it would have been bang-bang, I wouldn’t have had a chance.”
“I was just trying to get up and run.”
What did you think when you saw the replay?
“That’s the way baseball goes. I’m not saying anything else.”
Where were you when the winning run scored?
“I was there watching it.” [in dugout]
Was he out?
“He was safe. We got one call all night. We got the best one on that one.”
Did you expect to pitch that long?
“I wanted to go more, but that was good for today [smiles]. … They asked me how I felt [between innings]. Six innings, almost 90 pitches out of the bullpen. That [doesn’t happen] often.”
Did you think about coming out [after getting hit in the wrist by pitch]?
“Not really. We didn’t have anyone else. It was broken or anything.”
How much did it bother you?
“My finger bothered me more than my wrist [where he was hit by the pitch]. … It hurt at first. I got me right on the bone. It wasn’t that bad.”
How was your view of the final play at the plate? [Schafer was between second and third]
“I just started going back to second base, then I saw Julio start jumping up and down and I was like, wait, what happened? I saw them come out to argue and I was like, oh, I guess we won.”
“I mean, I thought he was out. But I’ll take it.”
But you were headed back toward second base?
“Yeah. I didn’t know what was going on when I saw them coming out. And I looked and saw Proctor [laughter] trying to get back up and run; I thought it was going to be a double play. I don’t know. It was comical. But it was good to get the win.”
“I looked and saw Proctor and he was, like, two feet out of the box. I was thinking, wait, what happened?”
Do you think the umpire just wanted to get out of here?
“You know what, I didn’t see the replay yet. He looked out to me, but I haven’t seen the replay. It’s one of those things, I’m glad it happened to us. He looked out, but I don’t know what his explanation is, what he saw.”
“I’m just glad it happened to us. I don’t know how I’d handle that, being a catcher, if he did tag him and he was out. That’d be a tough one to swallow. That kid, that catcher, caught 19 innings. That’s a lot to swallow when you’re grinding it out and calling the game. Like I said, I’m glad it happened to us if it … like I said, I haven’t seen the replay.”
On losing McCann
“Man, that’s big. He’s our MVP so far this year. The one thing I hope is that … I know he has faith in me, and I’m going to hold down the fort as best I can until he gets back, and let him recover. Because we’re going to need him as soon as he can get healthy.”
Can you play every day basically until he gets back?
“Yeah. I mean, there’s not really a choice. That’s why they have me here. They have me here as a backup, as insurance. They pay me a lot of money to do that. I welcome the challenge. We have a great staff.”
“Chipper will be back in a couple of days. Get him back in the lineup, we’ll be alright. We really need Mac, though. We need Mac to get healthy. It’s going to be a big loss. There’s no way to hide that. The guy’s a stud. He’s our MVP right now; he’s a candidate for MVP of the National League. There’s no way to replace that. I’m just going to try to do the best I can and play my game and try to help this team win.”
Home-plate umpire JERRY MEALS
On his safe call on the final play
“I saw the tag, but he looked like he oléd him and I called him safe for that. I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I’m guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened I didn’t see a tag.
“I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn’t see the glove hit his leg.”
Pirates manager CLINT HURDLE
On the game-ending call at the plate
“The game tonight deserved way better than that. For it to end that way is as disappointing as it gets in this game.”