On Ross’ performance
“Great evening, not only behind the plate, made a nice tag at the plate, was able to hold that team to one run for 10 innings with multiple pitchers and drive in two. He did a terrific job.”
“Freddie Freeman got three hits and a big hit there to go first and third. The bullpen, terrific job. We’re running on fumes down there right now. For them to shut them out for three innings with O’Flaherty and Kimbrel and Linebrink…. For me the play of the game was JJ on that bunt to end that seventh. If he only gets one out there, then we have to bring in Georgie (Sherrill) in to get those left-handers, maybe becomes a little different game. It was a heads-up play by him.
“Good win. Two in a row, got a chance tomorrow to maybe win the series.”
On Jurrjens’ outing
“He was outstanding. What, about 111 pitches? (116) Terrific night.”
“Right now he’s swinging a hot bat and helping us win some ball games.”
On checking Freeman’s hand at first base near the end of the game
“When he slid into second base to break up the double play he landed kind of awkwardly on it and he just jammed it a little bit. I didn’t notice it until Bubba yelled at me to go out there and check him.”
On if he told Freeman he wasn’t going anywhere (kidding)
“I didn’t even ask him how he felt. He’s one of those old throwback guys that likes to play the game. He likes to stay in.”
On if he had the pitching to go a little bit longer or starting to get nervous
“I was starting to get nervous. I was starting to get real nervous.”
On feeling good with Ross in that situation
“He’s going to do something, whether it’s hit a sac fly there, put the ball in play and make them make the play. You could do a lot of stuff with him offensively. You can hit-and-run, you can bunt with him, he can run you out of the ballpark. You feel pretty good something good is going to happen.”
Does walking Uggla there say something about his recent turnaround?
“Absolutely. For me in my mind that was one reason I was contemplating bunting Prado there. But I’m thinking because you’ve got to walk Freeman. But I’m thinking in the back of my mind, you’re going to have to pick your poison because Danny is swinging it pretty good right now. And we tried, it failed but we ended up first and third.”
On Ross as a temporary replacement for McCann
“Quality. I can’t think of too many teams in the major leagues that have the quality in the backup catching position that we do.”
On being glad no play at the plate
“It was a nice clean game. It really was a pretty good ballgame, other than we got 14 hits and [only] two runs. But it was a good night.”
On replacing McCann
“You’re not replacing B-Mac. I’m trying to get in there and hold down the fort until he gets back. You know, catch a good game, call a good game, throw some runners out. Luckily tonight I was able to come up with some hits. But I’m a totally different player than B-Mac. I’m a guy that tries to get bunts down and move runners and scratch out a hit when I’m in there.
“Tonight, I would have done the same thing they did, pitch around Uggs to get to me. Luckily I put a good swing on one and found a hole. Probably a situation that will come up a bunch.”
“We’re struggling to get runs. It’s two good teams, two good pitching staffs. I was just hoping for our bullpen’s sake that we didn’t go too long. Gotta credit the guys in this clubhouse. There’s some guys who really haven’t had any sleep. We got in at 3 in the morning that first night [after Cincinnati]. Come back with that two-hour rain delay, then the log game, 19 innings, now we’re back here at 10 [innings]. We’re like, geez, come on. Let’s scratch it out, do something to get a run across.
“Nate McLouth, leadoff hitters are so huge in extra innings. Great at-bat by Freddie Freeman. He’s turning into a — no he is an unbelievable player, and he’s going to be a good player for a long time.”
On delivering after the Uggla intentional walk
“It was satisfyinig, I’m not going to lie to you. With B-Mac out, I don’t want to be the weak link. That’s always my thing. I want to win on my day. It looks like I may have four more days coming up, too [laughs]. But I just want him to get healthy and take his time, because we need him down the stretch. We need him health. I just want to hold the fort and see what happens, maybe at the trade deadline see where we’re at.”
On getting back closer to form
“I’m still not where I want to be; I walked three guys. Sometimes I was being aggressive, and sometimes I was running away from contact. But it was an improvement over the last two times, for sure. I got into the seven inning in a big game for us, to try to save the bullpen.”
On the work by the ‘pen
“Oh. Back-to-back extra-inning games. That’s why I hope tomorrow will be another good game from D-Lowe and save that bullpen. Or we can break out early and give the bullpen a chance to rest, too.”
On the 2-1 series lead
“That’s it. The Giants helped us out today [beating Philadelephia]. It’s all about winning series. Keep winning series, that’s it.”
“This game had 15, 16 innings written all over it. So it was nice to just try to get on base and get things moving. We had the top of the order up, it was nice to get things started in the 10th.”
On leaving so many runners
“Seems like we’ve bein singling teams to death. Not executing the past couple of nights with guys on third and less than two outs. But, you know, we can through with a win. Try to take the series tomorrow.”
On Ross filling in for McCann
“He had both RBIs. Big sacrifice bunt. Threw two runners out. He did it all tonight.”
On being intentionally walked, indication of your progress?
“You have to do that in that situation. Set up a force and create the double-play opportunity.”
On your second three-hit game of season
“Yeah, I was thinking, when was my last one? Maybe Milwaukee? It’s bad when you can keep track of how many three-hit games you have. I haven’t had too many two-hit games.”
On taking series lead playing pretty much without Chipper, without McCann tonight….
“Yeah, and this is a good team. They battle and they pitch, they’re a good team. We’ve been struggling in this series offensively, but a the same time we’re banged up right now. We’ve got to battle through it and continue to just work together as a team.”
On Freeman, isn’t fading like some rookies do this time of the season
“He’s just getting started. He’s kind of a freak of nature, him and Heyward both. They’re both so talented, yet so humble. Freddie, he’s acclimated now and he’s just got a great attitude towards everything. This kid, he already is really good, but it’s going to be scary to see what he does in his career.”
On Ross coming through
“He can start for a ton of teams. The way he handles a game, the way he throws out runners, he can hit, puts together good at-bats it seems like everytime up. The guy’s an animal.”
Make it any easier at all to have to sit, knowing position’s in good hands?
“For sure. There’s not a better person to be behind the plate. It makes having to sit here [on the DL] a little bit better.”