“Outstanding. He gave us what we wanted. Seven innings. He was really, really good.
“He’s been nails. He is one of those guys who competes. He competes his butt off every day. Every start, whether he is down or up, every pitch he competes.”
On Hudson’s record of 140-5 when team scores four or more runs while he’s in
“He takes every game like it’s 1-0. He doesn’t care what the scoreboard says. He is going to pitch and compete and give you everything he has. He doesn’t pitch to the scoreboard. Some pitchers, they are pitching to get the win in the fifth. He just pitches.”
On Uggla and Hinske home runs
“Danny got a big three-run homer and [Hinske] added on there. It was big. Any time to get a chance to add on runs it’s huge.”
On Uggla’s second-half surge
“This is the right time. It really is. You get him going hot and Freddie [Freeman] is staying hot. We are inching to getting closer to some health. We are winning ball games with [Brian] McCann on the bench. It’s good to see that from your team, from the other guys. It’s a good time to get him going.”
On Venters getting out of eighth-inning jam by striking out Ramirez with bases loaded
“Hanley, in that situation, usually comes up big there. Jonny made a nice pitch there…. Maybe we gave him too many days off. He was a little rusty.”
On winning four of five with McCann out
“That’s huge. That’s a good sign of a team going in the right direction. Instead of feeling sorry for themselves, which nobody [else] is going to feel sorry when you lose an all-star catcher and the guy that’s leading the team in batting average – and Chipper [Jones], then you lose [Nate] McLouth and [Jordan] Schafer – and we are still winning ball games.
***Marlins manager JACK McKEON
“[Expletive], if there’s any club in the league that should know how to pitch to Uggla… He’d been with us for all these years. These guys had been with him. Two nights in a row, he hits three-run home runs. That’s the difference in the ballgames. Great kid, but we’ve got to get him out.’’
On homering again against his former team
“It’s always fun seeing them and playing against them. They’ve got a lot of talent on that team, which makes them a scary ballclub. But it’s fun. I’m happy that we’ve come out on top these last two games, and looking forward to getting a sweep tomorrow.”
Significant homers in close games, with runners on base, bigger than just any old solo shot?
“Oh yeah. Homers that kind give you the go-ahead, or put you up a little bit more, are way more significant than a solo shot in a 6-1 ballgame.”
On the two-out rally
“That was awesome. Huge at-bat by Prado getting that first run in, then Freddie’s just been on fire. To get another three runs that inning, usually that’s enough for Huddy.”
Did you envision it would be like this once you got out of your slump?
“Pretty much. Just staying positive. This is what I’m used to doing, so it’s one of those things, you get a couple to fall and confidence kicks in a little bit, and you start to feel more comfortable. Then you’re you again.”
On seeing Hudson with a good lead from this side, after facing him in some of those situations
“It kind of puts you at ease a little bit. You give him a little cushion and just watch him go to work. He’s got great stuff, always has, and hopefully will for another four or five years. He’s been great. He’s a bulldog, and he’s going to battle every single pitch, every at-bat.”
On Venters striking out Hanley with bases loaded in the eighth
“Winning run at the plate with Hanley, everybody knows what he’s capable of. That was a battle of two really, really talented people.”
On Fredi Gonzalez saying he doesn’t pitch to the scoreboard
“It’s nice to have a lead, obviously, but whether it’s a one-run lead or a 10-run lead you don’t want to give up runs. If you have a big lead you still want to go out there and put up zeros.
“A four-run lead is nice. You can still go out there and do some things. You don’t feel like you have to throw fastballs every pitch. You can still go out there and mix it up a little bit. You have to have pride in what you do. Just because your team scores a lot of runs, doesn’t mean you want to go out there and give up three or four.”
On winning four of five without McCann and other injured players
“We’ve had a couple tough blows with injuries, guys going on the DL, but we don’t make excuses. We still have to play and win. Guys are picking each other up. Our pitching staff gives us a chance to win regardless who is in our lineup and who is hurt. I think our pitching staff can ease some of the pressure.”
“He has been looking really good. Those first couple of months are behind him and he’s playing with some confidence right now. He’s going out there and having some fun. The beginning of the season there was a little pressure and some things he wasn’t quite used to. That’s the kind of player we are used to seeing. It’s fun watching him go out there and hit his homers. His power never went away. He hit his homers and now he’s mixing in some hits and getting a hitting streak going.
On his last 10 starts, coming off back issue
“I feel good. I’ve been feeling good physically. That’s the key for any pitcher that physically you are able to go out there and do what you want to do. Most of the time when pitchers are struggling it’s due to something physically that is holding them back, a little ailment here or there that isn’t that big of a deal but can affect the way you pitch. I’ve been feeling really good since the little back issue I had a couple months ago. Hopefully that’s behind me.”
On trade deadline
“It is what it is. Obviously we want us to have the best team we can. We want them to try to improve the club the best they can. Obviously there are a lot of things that need to happen and a lot of things that aren’t realistic to happen as far as you can’t mortgage the farm system to bring in a player. At the same time, we want to get better. It’s kind of a double-edged sword. Regardless, I think we have the team to win if they don’t make any moves. If they can help us out a little bit, it’s going to make our job a little easier.”
On his stuff compared to last outing
“Tonight, I felt pretty good. I felt much better the start before. Tonight was a start where I bobbed and weaved a little bit and guys made a couple plays behind me. I didn’t feel like I had quite as good stuff as I did last time but my command was a lot better this time out.”