On pitching around and walking Wright to get to Davis
“I think it was … I know it was the right decision, he just left a breaking ball over the plate and he hit it out. That was the name of the ball game. One pitch. But I thought overall Tommy was very good. He did a nice job for us, gave us seven innings. We just didn’t score runs like we had been against Milwaukee.
“Go out tomorrow and start a new winning streak.”
On Hanson’s performance
“He pitched seven innings. I thought we might try to push him to eight, but his pitch count got a little too high there at the end. But he did a nice job. That’s three outings in a row from our starters who’ve given us seven innings. Seven-plus from Minor. So we’re going in the right direction that way.”
Scouting report said curveballs to Davis?
“You look at the history that he’s had against us. That’s the right pitch, it’s just out over the plate a little bit. Can’t second-guess anybody. It’s the right pitch, just out over the plate.”
Surprised at Bay’s catch to rob Jack Wilson of homer?
“I think it got too much air under it, gave a chance for Jason to get back there and get it. I thought we hit the ball hard all night. Hinske hit a rocket to the first baseman, Jack gets robbed on a ball over the fence. We hit some balls hard, right at people. We had some good at-bats against Gee but nothing to show for it.”
On Heyward getting another two hits
“Was that a third hit on the catcher’s interference? That’s no at-bat for Jason? He’s swinging the bat real well. So we go on to tomorrow, Delgado gives us another good outing and start a new winning streak.”
On Davis’ homer, fifth straight curveball to him
“That was the pitch I wanted to make, and he put the barrel on it. Plain and simple. Sometimes you’ve got to tip your hat, and you’ve got to do that with him right there.”
“I felt really good, and I still felt good [that inning]. I kind of threw around Wright right there and then put him on, and then Ike caught that curveball. I felt good and felt like I threw the ball well, just the results weren’t there.”
Lot of curveballs tonight…
“That was the pitch I wanted to throw and he got it.”
On hard-hit ball that hit him above left ankle
“He got me good. It started tightening up there, but it’s fine. Just bruised up a little bit, but it’s OK.”
The curveball was where you wanted it to Ike?
“Yeah, that’s what I want to do. I don’t want to bounce it there, I want to throw it for a strike.”
On pitching around Wright
“You’ve got to look at how Wright’s swinging the bat right now. We’ve got open bases there, so … I really don’t know what else to say. We put him on right there and we felt like that was the best move in that situation, to try to face Davis. I don’t know what his numbers are against me, but feel like I do pretty well against him. I’m not going to beat myself up over it. He barreled a curveball and hit it out, plain and simple.”
Plan was to let Wright chase a couple of pitches and then from there walk him?
“I mean, there’s no set plan. I wasn’t going to give him anything to hurt me with. That was it. Once I went 2-and-0, that was it. We put him on.”
Did you think you had a homer?
“I didn’t get all of it. When I hit it I thought it had a chance, but he made a good catch. Kind of shifted the game right there. That would have put us up. One of those things. It was a great play and it kind of knocked us down a little bit.”
On Dillon Gee
“We got guys in scoring position. He made pitches to limit the damage in the first inning. When it counted he made the pitches. We didn’t get too many to hit.”
Say anything to former teammate Bay?
“I’ll text him. It won’t be pleasant. But you just have to tip your hat. I’ve seen it many times in left field when I’m playing shortstop looking back at him over the four or five years we played together. So it definitely wasn’t a surprise. A little disappointing, but he’s a really good outfielder.”
On the 7-3 Mets
“I never once thought that they’d be like a pushover or anything like that, and they haven’t been. They’ve been clicking on all cylinders so far, and we’ve really got to bear down and be competitive.
“A lot of the attention was with the Nationals and Miami with all the acquisitions they made. But if you played against this Mets team the last few years, they’ve been able to hit. They’ve got a healthy David Wright. They’ve got some pretty good hitters in there that have a good idea what they’re trying to do. Murphy’s solid. Thole’s solid. They’ve got a lot of guys in there that’ll give you a pro AB.
“And they’ve got a healthy Johan Santana, and they’ve got a healthy David Wright, and Niese and Dickey….
“A lot of keys that, if they stay healthy, I don’t think this is just a hot little start for them. They’ve got a good, solid ballclub.”
But you probably never imagined being 0-4 against them….
“No, even though I think they have a good ballclub, I never expected to be 0-4 against them. It’s a funny game. We’ve got to obviously make an adjustment against them, because they’ve kind of put it to us these first four games.”