“I don’t know how many he retired in a row after that first inning, but he did a nice job. We came back and it was 2-2 until they scored a couple of runs in that sixth inning. It was nice to see him get Mayberry to ground into that double play to end the inning, to end that threat so they didn’t add on more runs in the inning. They obviously added more runs later in the game.”
Why go to Martinez there, was it because you trailed?
“Yeah. Instead of who?”
“We’re in a situation where all three of those guys – Kimbrel, O’Flaherty and Venters – probably lead the league in appearances. And we’ve made a conscious effort — especially after throwing two days in a row and having one day off for O’Flaherty – we’ve made a conscious effort not to use them when we’re down. [Use them] if it’s tied or better. Because if not, it’s a situation where we go in [to the end of the season] on vapors.”
On letting Worley off hook couple of times
“I think if you put a crooked number up, instead of putting up one run, if you come in and put up a three-spot or four-spot, a big number up, it changes the thing. Right now it’s not Huddy, it’s not O’Flaherty, it’s not ‘you should have used O’Flaherty instead of Martinez.’ We need to score some runs.
“It’s everybody. The whole gambit. Offensively we’ve got to score runs, and the other side of the ball, we’re just kind of not getting deep into ballgames. That’s been the whole big ball of wax. That’s the whole thing right now. And I am real confident, real sure that we’ll get it turned around.”
On Hudson in 1st inning
“Utley’s ball was the only ball hit hard that inning. But the ones that are not hit hard count also. I would like to have a couple of those [for Braves hitters] with people on base – maybe a couple of broken bats, a hit batter in the ass, or something, and get some runs.”
On Worley working out of jams
“For a young kid, I think sometimes looking across from him, you see the confidence. Maybe we call it arrogance because we’re in a different uniform, but they call it confidence. He made some nice pitches when he had to, even late in the game. I think he went over 110 pitches, and he still competed.”
On losing six of nine and seven of 11
“Again, we’ve got enough good players and I have enough confidence that we have the resiliency that we’ll get out of it and start clicking on all cylinders, like we know we can.”
On wet field and rain most of the night
“Conditions were less than ideal, but both teams had to play in it. It was slippery and soggy, but both teams put on a pretty good show. We played well, they just played better.”
On letting Worley off the hook a few times
“We couldn’t get the big hit, and that’s what he’s done all year. If he’s gotten into trouble, he’s made pitches to get himself out of it. It was no different tonight. We had the bases loaded with nobody out, and he only gave up one. Couple other times, a gapper would have scored a couple of runs. But I give him credit. That’s the first time I’ve faced him, and he’s pretty good.”
On losing six of nine and seven of 11
“We’re falling behind early, and we’ve got a couple of guys at the top of our lineup who are scuffling a little bit. When the top scuffles a little bit, you struggle to score runs. You get behind early, you put some pressure on yourselves.
“It just seemed like they, for the most part, when they got hits they got three or four right there in a row to throw a crooked number up on us. Case in point, the first inning. Two quick outs, and then four base hits and we’re down two. And they did it again a time or two. Give them an inch and they’re going to take a mile.”
On his performance
“The first inning, couple of quick outs and then the homer to Utley with two strikes. That hurt right there. Then they managed to squeeze in another when Ibanez hit a pitch off the end [of his bat] and was able to drop it in there. I didn’t feel particularly great tonight, but I was able to go out and keep us in the game.
“That sixth inning, they just took advantage of some opportunities. Leadoff walk, obviously that ain’t something you want to do, I don’t care who is hitting. Even though it’s Howard and he’s usually pretty good in this park, you can’t walk him right there. You’ve got to make him earn his way on. Wild pitch right there wasn’t exactly how we drew it up. I don’t really know what to say.
“They had a couple of opportunities and took advantage of it. We had some opportunities throughout the night and they were able to wiggle their way out of it a little bit and limit our scoring. I felt like we let one get away. I’ve got to do a little better job myself. I’ve got to make some better pitches. This is a game we need to win. It’s a game we should have won.”