“What a game that was. I mean, the way Beachy pitched was amazing, then our bullpen came in and they did what they do every time they take the mound. We’ve got as good a late-inning bullpen as you’re going to find. We came in the ninth with some big ABs. That’s what you’ve got to do to beat good teams like this. You’ve got to hang close, then have a big inning. And ours was in the ninth tonight.”
On not giving up
“It’s kind of been the same for the last two or three years. This team has won a lot of ballgames, and we’ve come back, we’ve held leads … we feel like we’ve got a great team top to bottom, and we feel like nights like this will happen quite a few times because of the hitters we have in our lineup.”
How scary was that initially for you, when the ball went off Guerra’s face
“Oh, man. I told a couple of guys he’s my new favorite player. I mean, it didn’t even faze him. I hit it as hard as I possibly could, and I don’t think it even hit his glove. And for him to get up and pitch … I don’t think too many guys would want to mess with him.”
On how big this win could be, end of trip and for series win
“This was huge. To win two out of three here. This was an amazing road trip that we just played. To come out west and do what we did, the way we did it – it’s pretty special.”
On Chipper getting another big hit
“I think the way they’re using Chip is great. Give him his rest, because we’ve got guys who can fill in for him. And we need him fresh as many games as possible. I think they’ve done an unbelievable job keeping him fresh for games.”
“That was a big one. To come in here and two two from those guys. They’re playing great, the best in the west. It was exciting to watch.”
On the comeback, winning the series with that ninth-inning rally, etc
“It was a big turnaround. We were in the dugout watching it happen. Real exciting.”
What does it say about this team?
“It says a lot. We’re always in the game. Especially to come back against Guerra, who’s a great closer. That was good to get some runs off him and get a win.”
On the comeback
“It’s a testament to our team. We’ve done that all year. We keep going from the first through the ninth.”
On rallying to win in ninth
“And to win the series, too. We want to win every series, and to come into here, where they haven’t even lost a game, and take two of them – it’s something that makes our plane flight a little bit better.”
On the Kemp homer
“It was early in the game, so we weren’t too worried. It was one run. If we can keep his homers to solo homers, we’re OK with that. Beachy pitched great, and we were able to put together a really. We didn’t give up and we got a win.”
On Guerra getting hit in the face
“I still haven’t seen the replay. I don’t want to see it. Javy’s one of my good friends. I just hope that he’s all right.”
“To come in with one out and nobody on and get five straight hits off a guy that kind of stuff. I mean, I never faced him before and he threw me that first pitch, and I was like, oh boy, I’ve got my hands full here. But he made a mistake to a couple of guys in that inning and we didn’t miss them.
“It’s a great, great win for the ballclub. A great series win, a great road trip. And a well deserved day off tomorrow.”
On getting game-winning RBI on his last at-bat at Dodger Stadium, after growing up a Dodger fan (dad was from Vero Beach)
“It’s been a storybook season so far. It’s been one highlight after another, and man, I’m savoring each and every one of them. Because you never know when the next one is going to come. And to have revered this ballpark and this [Dodgers] organization the way I did as a kid, and to leave it here tonight, it’s awful special.”
You still get excited about a big hit like that in the ninth?
“Did you not see me? [laughter] I was like a schoolkid out there. That’s what you play the game for. It’s moments like that. You don’t know how many times I’ve rehearsed that very moment in my backyard growing up. Only I was a Dodger. So it’s indescribeable. And it wasn’t just me, it was a bunch of guys that got big base hits, and they all felt the same exact way.
“We didn’t hit the ball out of the ballpark, but we were tough outs and we were .300 hitters. And we got the job done.”
On the team coming back
“This team feels like our pitching is going to keep us in the game, and with the way we’ve been swinging the bat you’ve just got that feeling somebody’s going to get the big base hit. It started with Freddie and just kind of domino’d right down the line. You build moment and you build momentum, eventually you’re going to break through.”
What did you think of the line drive off Guerra’s face?
“The ball hit him in the face? Where? [jaw] He just went up one notch in my toughness book.”
On where his RBI hit will rank in terms of memories
“That’s way up there. I’ll remember that for a long time. I’ll remember that hit, I’ll remember that inning, I’ll remember the last play of the game. It’s just a storybook. That’s the only way I can describe it.”
“It was a fun game to be a part of that.”
On the homer by Kemp
“He’s a good player. I made some really good pitches in that at-bat. I didn’t get the fastball in [0-2 pitch for a ball]. It was the right pitch, I just didn’t execute it. I tried to throw it for a strike instead of throw it in the dirt, and that’s what happened.”
On the rest of the game
“Chipper made an unbelievable play to end the fifth. That changes the game for us. You just can’t say enough about the guys. They battled a couple of tough pitchers there at the end, put the ball in play and it worked.
“We’re a good team. Everybody’s realizing that, and we’re excited.”
“It’s a good finish. Guys had some good at-bats. Danny Uggla had a helluva at-bat. Freeman scored the tying run, then Chipper has a big hit, and we were able to add on with Jason.
“I thought Beachy was outstanding. I thought a key to the game was in the seventh inning, having Durbin come in to face Ellis and get the out, and O’Flaherty get Ethier out. It gave us a chance. Kept it right there, one run, gave us a chance to do what we did there.”
Line drive hit off Guerra’s face
“These are not my fans, but I was a little disappointed that they booed him. This guy took one off the face and tried to stay in there and save the game, and they booed him coming off the field. You’ve got to give the guy credit for some courage there.”
More on the comeback
“We had good at-bats there. And to be able to take one from them like that, it feels good to get on the plane and go home. Off day tomorrow, then get a good homestand.”
On the emotional turnaround, to come back and win, win the series before cross-country flight….
“Yeah, we’ll probably get in at 6 or 7 in the morning, but it won’t matter. We may get there before the plane does. Because it’s a pretty good road trip. We’ll enjoy it for a little bit, then get ready for the Pirates.”
“Good at-bats, competitive at-bats, not giving in … I’m proud for those guys.”
On Chipper being down 0-2, just like Uggla was in 9th…
“You feel good with him – he’s only done it 12,000 times – that he’s going to do something there, put the ball in play, whether it was in the hole or get a sac fly.”