“Tommy did an excellent job. He really did. He gave us a chance to win the ballgame. Gave up two solo home runs, a 2-1 ballgame when he left it. We had some chances in the seventh with ‘Ski at the plate. He hit a rocket to the first baseman and they doubled us off. Then they were able to add on some runs late, and that was the game.”
“We’d seen the video of him, it’s 94-95 [mph] with movement. And then today he had the secondary pitches that he threw for strikes, had a lot of swings and misses. But still we felt pretty good, had a good chance, first and second there, ‘Ski had a helluva at-bat and lined out. One-run ballgame, you figure you can get to their bullpen a little bit and it’s a little different story.”
“Marmol kind of wiggled out of one. I couldn’t tell how hard Freeman hit his ball [with runners on] first and second. And that was it. We couldn’t do much after that.”
What did you object to [leading to ejection], the warning he gave both dugouts in that situation?
“To this day I still haven’t argued. I just asked him for an explanation. I asked him why would you think we’re throwing at people in a one-run game or they’re throwing at people in a one-run game, you know? It’s not like it’s a 10-run game or anything like that. It’s still a helluva game going on, and I’m talking to him like I’m talking to you, and I got thrown out of the game.
“Nevertheless that wasn’t why we lost the game. It was just kind of odd, that I got thrown out of a game for not even raising my voice.”
“It might be his first ejection as a major league umpire, I don’t know. But I never raised my voice or said anything other than I just asked him what he was thinking about that.”
Did that affect O’Flaherty? Or Durbin next inning?
“No, I don’t think so. The next hitter Campana was a bunt single, then you’re facing first and second with two out against Castro and he’s a pretty good hitter. He got a base hit.”
On his performance
“I felt good. Obviously wasn’t good enough, the back-to-back homers didn’t help the cause, and that was all they needed.”
Did you leave those pitches up?
“I was just trying to stay middle-down. Yeah, they had to have been up a little more than I wanted them to be. I don’t know, It was kind of one of those situations where that’s what I wanted to do, it just didn’t work out.”
Feel like you’re getting where you need to be?
“I’m feeling more comfortable, with the exception of the last one [start vs. Philadelphia]. I felt good today. I felt like I was throwing strikes. There’s always room for improvement, but I felt pretty good today.”
Pleased that you were able to bounce back after the two homers and pitch well?
“Yeah. I felt like I had confidence the whole time, and I was getting guys out. I just tried to not let that affect me, and I finished up OK.”
Conditions dfficult at all?
“No, it was fine. I mean, it was cold, but you’re going to see that. And pretty soon we’re going to be wishing it was cold. Conditions had nothing to do with it.”
What were you thinking when you got hit, after homering early
“What was the score, 2-1 at the time? Try to score.”
Will you say if you thought it was on purpose?
[No, wouldn't say. Just a smile.]
On the chilly night
“It started off as a nice night, before we couldn’t see [from fog]. It’s a nice stadium, the history behind it and everything. Cool.”
On his numbers at Wrigley, what do you like about hitting here?
“It’s only year three. I just think I just started feeling better at the plate, swinging better, at about the time we’ve come here. That’s just the way it’s worked out so far.”
“That was my first time facing him, I believe. He looked great. He’s got some good pitches. Fastball – four-seam and two-seam. Splitter was awesome. Slider was pretty good too.”
“He’s really, really good. Obviously I’ve only faced him out of the bullpen [before today], but he’s got staying power. Good heater. Has two heaters, a two-seamer and four-seamer. Cuts it sometimes. I didn’t really see any sliders but I saw a couple of splits. Command has always been kind of shaky for him, and it looks like he’s got the command thing down, or at least he did tonight. He was real tough.”
Good to see Hanson bounce back from the bad start against Philadelphia?
“Yeah, I thought Tommy pitched great, other than the two mistakes right there in the fifth, he was on top of everything. Throwing all his pitches for strikes. It was a tough environment to play the game in tonight, but it was a pretty well-played game.”
“We just didn’t get the big hit tonight that we’ve got the last couple of games. When Hinske hit that ball down the line that could have been a big inning. The last couple of days we’ve gotten that big hit and kind of rallied off of that. Tonight it didn’t come.”
“Pretty good command. He didn’t miss many pitches, that’s for sure.”
Better command that he’s had in the past
“Yeah, I watched him a couple of weeks ago on TV and he couldn’t throw a strike.”