On his mammoth would-be homer ruled foul
“I’m probably the only one that had the best view from my bat to going out. I had it fair, going up and around the pole. But we just asked them [to review it]. If you can’t tell, you can’t tell. “
Did you look at the replay?
“Yeah, I looked at it during the rain delay. It was for sure, exactly what I thought – it went over and then kind of went behind it. That’s all right.
“Yeah, it felt good. It was windy as I don’t know what, which pushed [the ball] away. But still scored, got on base, did our business, put up some more runs. Very important to do there.”
On the back-to-back homers, big moment in game
“Yeah, we kind of had it going against us a little bit. We kept chipping way and chipping away, then we got to deliver some big blows. Tyler had another hit right after that, got [Moyer] out of the game and got into the bullpen and kept putting some pressure on them.”
“We came out this year and bounced back after [losing] our first four games. Now you know that we can bounce back in the middle of a game. We prefer not to, but we know we can if we have to. It’s really fun. The offense is clicking right now. The pitching is still our strength, and as they start going deeper in games it really could be a fun stretch for us.”
On his swing, getting it back lately
“It’s always a work in progress. In my role I have to be happy when I don’t get at-bats, because that means people are healthy and playing well. But to keep your swing you need at-bats, so Fredi’s done a really good job with players like me and Hinske of getting us those starts when he feels like it would benefit us and the team. And so far we’ve been able to take advantage of it.”
On not viewing another deficit as, we can’t mount yet another comeback
“The beauty is, once you’ve done something once, you draw on it. That’s why people have success off the same pitcher. You have something to draw from. We have something to draw from. We came back on Roy Halladay, so yesterday when we fell behind I think it was on everybody’s mind that if we can come back on Halladay, we can come back today. And today was similar – ‘if we came back yesterday and against Halladay, then sure we can come back today.’ Especially in this ballpark. No lead is overly safe here.”
On that opposite-field homer, was it longest one you’ve hit the other way?
“The ball never came down. It went from, ‘Oh, please get over his head,’ to ‘Oh, please get over the fence,’ to … ohh.”
On getting his first save
“Maybe it’s going to be the last one.” [laughter]
Fun to be in that role tonight?
“Yeah, it’s nice. The first time I got the role of long reliever, I thought, I don’t know if I’m going to like it. But I have fun in the bullpen with the guys. We laugh and we watch the game, we enjoy every momen, we’re scoring runs … and I’ve started liking it. Maybe I’ll go do this job for a little more years.” [more laughter]
More on relieving
“Last year I thought about it and tried to do it, but it didn’t happen. It’s happening this year; they’re giving me a chance to do it. And I thought warming up [as a reliever] would take me longer, but I’m warming up really fast, and it’s nice.”
When did you know you had save situation?
“I’ve never been in this situation. I think Hinske told me, ‘Hey, first save.’ I said, ‘oh, yeah, we’ve got a three-run lead.’ And I found out when I started giving five to everybody after the game, someone said, ‘Wow, first save.’
“It took me like, 400-something games. But it’s very nice.”
** MIKE MINOR
On pitching at Coors Field
“I’ve heard a lot of stories about it, and tonight was the first time I’ve thrown here. Whenever the ball’s hit in the air, there’s always a chance [it’s going out]. Those balls tonight were no-doubters, but … I throw a lot of straight balls, four-seamers. Here, that’s not a good thing, to be a four-seam guy.
“It was just one of those nights again where I wasn’t really locating, and the breaking stuff wasn’t really breaking. I threw a couple of 0-2, 1-2 breaking balls that just wouldn’t do anything, just kind of spinners. Change-up the same way, it was just kind of flat.”
Coors Field make it hard to get bite on your breaking pitches?
“I don’t know if it was that or not, but they weren’t breaking, so…. But I don’t know if that [Coors Field effect] is true or not, but I’m not going to use that as an excuse.”
Another 2-asprin night?
What, you’re used to the comebacks by now?
“No, I’m not used to it, just numb.”
On coming back from big deficits past two nights at Colorado
“The last couple of days, you don’t give at-bats away, keep battling and battling, come up with some big runs, some big hits. Chipper with five RBIs. Hinske had great night last night and Diaz tonight with the home run and what, three hits? Bourney keeps swinging the bat. It’s good to see.”
On falling behind early
“What’d we spot them, five runs yesterday and six today? That’s not good. But I think today Mike got a taste of Coors Field a little bit, getting out there and you don’t really feel the ball, and all kinds of stuff.
“When I went out there in the fifth, it was a bad trip [to the mound] because the next guy hit the double and scored a run. But I said, hey, just hang in there. I saw the body language kind of get down a little bit. I said, hang in there. The good ones hang around in these games. We’ve all seen it with Maddux. Just hang around, your team’s coming back, learn from it. You’ve got a chance to go no-decision or maybe even sneak a win.
“But hopefully this is a big step in his maturity and learning as a young pitcher.”
On Heyward’s towering shot that was ruled foul
“I couldn’t tell. It was so high on the foul pole. I went out there and I thought the umpire did a terrific job. That’s what the replay’s there for, and hey came out and … they only had two [camera] angles though. Tim McClelland, the crew chief, said ‘from the two angles we saw, we can’t go one way or the other.’
“But anyway, I’m glad to see [Heyward] swinging the bat a little bit.”
On not pitching Venters, using Livan after O’Flaherty knocked out by rain delay
“We’re kind of laying off him a little bit. Hopefully he’s available tomorrow. I think the last time he threw his shoulder or his arm wasn’t acting right, so we’re laying off of him a little bit. He played a little catch today and he’s going to throw a light ‘pen tomorrow in the morning and if he feels good then he’s available.
“I didn’t want to bring O’Flaherty back after the hour and 10-minute delay, with his chronic back. I don’t think it’s fair at all to do that. So [Livan] just went with experience to get through that part of the lineup, Tulowitzki and Helton, who handles him pretty good. He was able to close the game and got his first save ever. So I hope he doesn’t get a big ego tomorrow and come in and declare himself the closer.” [Gonzalez was joking about that last part]