On first win for Delgado
“Good for him. He pitched himself out of a couple of jams. He was terrific. And Heyward, he changed the game out there defensively. He made some great catches, coming in on balls. That ball towards the line he made a great play.
“And then the bullpen, to get four scoreless innings out of the bullpen, two with Martinez and two with Anthony [Varvaro]… That was it. That was the game.”
Just what you needed, early lead, rookie pitcher poised, got to rest the main relievers…
“Yeah, other than the skipper needing a couple of more runs. [Laughs.] We had some opportunities. I think we left 10 or 11 on base. But that’ll come.”
“McCann had some good at-bats, Jason had some good at-bats – it was a good day.”
“We’re calling it a strained calf. Hopefully with the off day on Thursday, give him tomorrow off, maybe that settles down a bit and we can use him the rest of the way.”
You think he got out of the game in time before it got worse?
“I think so. He’s pretty good about telling us his leg or something is bothering. Hopefully it’s just a couple of days. We don’t think it’s major, but those calf injuries, at times, can become major. So get him out of there.”
When did he do it?
“Actually he did it at home on Sunday, fielding between innings. He felt a little bit something there and it got a little bit worse, and we didn’t want to take a chance.”
On Delgado getting Morrison with bases loaded, Stanton with two on
“Ignorance is good sometimes, not knowing what’s going on. Go out and pitch. He probably doesn’t know who Mike Stanton is, or Ryan Howard…. Good for him, he got his first win. And Mac did a helluva job catching a shutout. Now we come tomorrow, get D-Lowe to give us a good outing, and see where we’re at.”
When a Miami reporter asked him about getting a win on a night the Cardinals “were off” [They weren’t actually off, of course]
“No, the Cardinals are playing. They’re tied 5-5. Not that I’m scoreboard watching.” [laughs]
“You know what, we need to win. If we take care of business in front of us, we don’t have to worry about what’s behind us.”
On getting his first win, and in a big situation
“It feels so good. I’m happy. It was an important victory for the team, too. I was thinking of that before the game, focusing on how we needed to win.”
Did you feel any added pressure?
“A little bit. I had to put my mind so I could do a good job today and concentrate no matter what happened. There was a little pressure, but after a couple of innings I forgot that and tried to win, no matter what happened.”
On facing Stanton with two on and one out
“With a man on first and second, I wasn’t trying to pitch right in the zone. It doesn’t matter if I walk him; try to get the out with the next hitter.”
On the three-run lead
“That was good. I said, ‘alright, let’s go, let’s get the win.’”
“He got in some trouble and made the pitch. He showed a lot of poise out there, a lot of focus. I was proud of him. He did good.”
“He’s given us a chance to win pretty much every time he’s taken the hill. That’s all you can ask out of him. I don’t think he’s given up more than two or three in a start yet. For a kid that was in Double-A at the beginning of the season, he’s showing that he belongs here.”
How big a win for the team?
“It’s huge. I’m proud of the guys for the way they bounced back tonight. I still would have liked to have seen us score seven or eight and make it a laugher, but we’ll take it any way we can get it. I thought we swung the bats pretty good. We got Anibal’s pitch count up early in the game, and the kid [Delgado] made pitches when he had to.”
On Delgado’s composure, confidence
“Yeah, man, he expects to go do that stuff. Which is what you wish everybody had. It’s one thing to have the ability as a rookie, and to have the ability to come up and expect to be good – I think you’re born with that.”
“He’s shown us every start. He’s getting better, he’s learning more. He came out tonight in a big game and stepped up huge for us. And I can’t say enough about Cristhian Martinez and Varvaro, thowing multiple innings, throwing up zeroes and not even letting anybody on base. It was a team effort, a team win tonight. That was good for us.”
On his calf injury, when he did it
“Saturday, standing at shortstop it grabbed me. Like a cramp.”
“I’ve got a strain. It could be worse. It’s on the side. Maybe a couple of days. See how it is Friday.”
On not wanting to miss time while so hot and games so important
“I want to keep playing, but I’ve got to take care of myself. Maybe miss one or two days then I can play more games.”