“He was outstanding. Gives up the home run to Soriano, and we kind of make him work a little extra there. I think he threw 40 pitches in that [second] inning. But for him to go seven innings and keep us in the ballgame, that was big. That was really, really big.”
“I think it was two earned runs? And the biggest thing, we make him throw 40 pitches that one inning to get out of that jam. He gets the loss, but I think he deserves better. You look at the line score and it might be one of his best starts. Seven innings, three runs, two earned. He was really good. Hopefully this will carry on through the next start.”
On Randy Wells
“He was good. He was throwing off-speed. His breaking pitches and his changeups, he was throwing in hitter’s counts, mixing it pretty good, and we couldn’t figure him out.”
So Lowe’s going in right direction, in your view?
“Yeah, he’s been solid. I think three of his last four starts he’s given us the opportunity to win.”
You had the one rough inning
“Yeah. Just the changeup is what he hit….
“I don’t even consider that a rough inning for me. [Laughs]. Damage control.
“But no, all kidding aside, it was just one of those games where you felt that whatever situation presented itself, you could get out of. And that’s always a good feeling.”
“Games like this are going to happen. The guy [Wells] pitched a good game, and we can’t really complain about one loss the way we’ve been playing over the last six weeks. Just go to bed, wake up and come back and get another victory.”
On first time lasted 7 innings since May 17
“That’s obviously an embarrassing stat. But I’d rather be doing it now than back then. We’re winding down now, six or seven starts left, and you want to finish up strong, where we put ourselves in a good spot. We’re still trying to catch Philly, but again, I don’t think this loss is going to stay with us very long with the way we’ve been playing.”
On the loss
“All the credit goes to Wells. He had an outstanding changeup tonight. He made one mistake with it [on Jones’ homer]. I thought he pitched as good… Well, I can’t really say that because he had us no-hit until the seventh at our place [in 2009]. So I have seen him pitch that well. He did it to us again.”
“The two-run homer by Soriano, combined with the shoddy inning of defense, did us in tonight. I thought we kind of beared down there in the last two innings and made a go of it. But you’re not going to muster too much against the back end of that bullpen. It’s pretty good.”
“He did what we needed him to do. Kept us in the game, gave us some innings. That’s very important. Regardless of whether he won or lost tonight, we needed him to give us innings. He did that tonight.
“He really only made one bad pitch. Unfortunately it cost him two runs. But that’s the luxury of how well we’ve played up to this point – we lose a game like tonight, and it doesn’t really bother us. Because we are where we are. Now just file this one away and come back out tomorrow.”