“Wow. Home run, big RBI there to get us the victory….
“What a job Beachy did for those first 6-2/3 innings. Again, he sure deserved a little better. That seventh inning didn’t go quite the way we wanted it to, but the guys out of the bullpen were terrific.”
You thought Beachy was out of gas?
“I think so. You’re tempted [to leave him in]. But those first couple of hitters got on and you could tell the ball was up in the strike zone a little bit. We figured with a fresh arm coming out of the bullpen … but you get Buck a ball over the plate, and he’s dangerous. Three-run homer.”
On O’Flaherty’s escape with bases loaded via consecutive strikeouts
“Again, that inning started with a base-on-balls and we got ourselves in a little jam. It’s never a good feeling; well, I guess it’s a good feeling when it works. He punched out Morrison and also punched out Cameron to get out of the jam.”
On Prado’s game
“Good for us and good for him. Because the last two or three games he’s been so upset at himself, he’s such a perfectionist. I’m glad that he got some opportunities to drive in some runs.”
On Prado saying he’s trying to be more aggressive
“It’s a tough spot, because he’s hitting second with a guy [Bourn] who you’ve got to give a couple of pitches to try to steal a bag. I don’t think [Prado] has ever experienced that, so you’ve got to work through that a little bit. You’ve got to be patient-aggressive, I guess, if that makes sense.”
On Varvaro giving up the three-run homer
“He challenged a fastball hitter with his fastball, and the [hitter] won today. But that’s a spot where you need him or someone else to go.”
On using Varvaro there instead of O’Flaherty
“We were going into the game today trying not to use Kimbrel. We were going to close with Venters, and kind of push everything back a little. I think you could tell that when O’Flaherty doesn’t come in the seventh. Because Kimbrel went three out of four [games before today], now it’s four out of five. Now it’s Venters in the same boat tomorrow.”
On extending hitting streak with only an infield single second night in a row
“Yeah, man. We’re talking about a lot of games [30-game hitting streak], so there’s going to be times where you don’t feel as good as other times. You’ve just got to battle and take what you can get.”
Did you worry that your best friend Hensley might end the streak?
“At one point I thought about it, how that’d be messed up. But he gave me pitches to hit and challenged me. He’s a bulldog, man…. I remember last time [after Uggla hit a three-run homer off Hensley on July 29] he said, ‘Why can’t you just hit a freakin’ single or something, why’s it got to be a homer?’ So this time I hit a single and let Prado do all the damage tonight.”
On Bourn racing home to score winning run from second on Prado’s fourth hit
“That was awesome. Bourn came up huge with a double right there. Same situation as if you would have bunted him over. Prado just got locked in and just did what he needed to do, is get a base hit. Bourn could pretty much score on anything right there.”
On being dominant through six innings
[disappointed tone] “Yeah, but six innings is the key. I just made some mistakes in the [seventh].”
Does it at least make it easier to accept because you won?
“Hey, we won the game. That’s what matters. I’m going to try to take some things a way from this game and learn from them, like I do every game.”
“I felt good. I was throwing all my pitches at times well, and keeping the fastball out of the middle of the plate. I had some success there for a while.”
“If we’re tied going into extra innings, our pen going against anybody else’s, we feel like we can outlast them and get a run before they can get one off our ‘pen.”
On feeling after walking two guys then seeing the three-run homer erase lead
“I’m furious with myself. I throw well for the most part the whole game, then I come up and walk two guys. With a lead. Same thing in my last start. I had a lead and walked a leadoff guy. Walking guys, that’s just inexcusable. There’s no more helpless feeling than sitting on the bench with your guys out there on base. It’s frustrating.”
On team’s new speed making an impact
“Those guys, Bourn especially, him and Constanza in the last week have given us such a boost offensively. Runs that we haven’t been scoring [in the past], they’ve been scoring. Just getting on base a lot and being able to force the other team into mistakes. Not staying on first long – getting into scoring position. That’s when we’re all at our best in the middle of the lineup. Those little rug rats, they’ll kill you.”
On Bourn scoring from second on little single through right side of infield
“Yeah, but the ball is soaked. You could see the water trail behind it rolling out there. I mean, if he’d have made that throw, it would have been worthy of an ESPY.”
On Beachy’s performance
“I’m waiting for him to finish it. I think that from time to time he gets a little complacent, and as much as we harp on him to go out there and finish it, you can tell whenever he starts to get careful. When he gets careful, he walks a couple of guys and something like that happens. There’s no reason for him not to get the win tonight, but you don’t finish off your innings and something drastic like that can happen. All because of two walks.
“But innings 1 through 6, he was unbelievable. He was awesome. He had them on their heels all night. He was dotting everything. He’s a guy that’s going to be a top-of-the-rotation guy before it’s all said and done.”
On Uggla’s infield hit to extend streak
“I think the loudest cheer [from the Braves] all night was when he beat out that hit. You can say what you want about the home run and scoring that [final] run; I think we were all too tired to cheer there in the 10th or 11th, whenever it was. But, man, when he got that hit, the whole dugout erupted.”
On Prado’s night
“He did everything good. He’s been struggling a little bit here lately, but he’s made some adjustments at the plate. You saw the big home run to put us up 2-0, but the guy can filet balls into right field with the best of them. The guy’s a good hitter; he’s a .300 hitter. He’s not hitting .300, but I would not be surprised to see him there before too long.”
On adjustments he’s made recently
“People have been trying to help me figure out what I’ve been doing wrong. L.P. (Larry Parrish) has been talking to me, trying to figure out what’s wrong with me, and Chipper, all my teammates.
“First of all, I was trying to be more aggressive. I was taking too many pitches two weeks ago, because I didn’t have my timing. One day I’d feel good, and the next day it’s gone. So I have to be more consistent in my routine before the game….
“Today was one of those games, I went, just see a good pitch to hit and hit it somewhere. Chipper just — and L.P. – told me the pitch is going to dictate where I’m going to hit the ball. Two weeks ago I was opening my hips and trying to pull every single pitch. I’ve been trying to make that adjustment and find a spot where I feel comfortable every day.”
How big can a game like this be for you?
“It’s huge. When we feel like it’s late in the season, we’ve got to make a run and get [at least] the wild card. We’re trying to get the Phillies, but we’re not thinking about that. We’re just trying to play every single game and I’m hoping that I can get my timing back and be consistent.”
On importance of coming back and winning a game after blowing lead
“I always have confidence that, even when the other team ties the game, we always can come back. Because we’ve got a good bullpen and they give us a chance to stay in the game. I’m seeing my team start to the do the little things and not worry about who’s hot, who’s not. Just somebody step up and get the big hit. Thank God I was the guy that got the big hit tonight.”
On Bourn’s speed
“I’ve just got to get used to him. I was talking to him, trying to get to know each other. I’ve just got to let him run, don’t swing or whatever, because he steals – he’s one of those guys that he can take advantage of it. And I’m probably probably going to see more fastballs with him in front of me. That probably is going to be a good thing for the team.”
On Bourn scoring from second on Prado’s single through right side in 11th
“I know he was going to try. Sometimes you’ve to risk it. The grass was wet and there were a lot of factors. Fortunately, he scored and we got that run for our closer and got the win.”