On all the Reds homers
“Two nights in a row. They’re swinging it, and getting them over the fence. I thought Beachy was terrific. Again. Minor did a nice job yesterday getting us deep in the ballgame, and Beachy did a great job keeping it right there. We just didn’t have any offense to score.
“I guess you’ve got to tip your hat to their starting pitching. You hand the ball off to their bullpen and you’re going to be in trouble, because it’s a short game. You’ve got Chapman and the kid who pitched yesterday [Arredondo], and I’m going to mispronounce the eighth-inning guy here today [Ondrusek]. They’re pretty good.”
“He was our offense, really. Him and Heyward. Got two solo home runs he squared up pretty good, and Jason hit that RBI double to drive in Danny. Freeman hit the ball to center field [leadoff single, out stretching to double] and the guy made a great play to get him out at second base.”
“We just didn’t hit the ball, and they pitched pretty well against us.”
On offense going into a funk, continuing in this cozy ballpark
“Of all the places. It’s just one of those things. It’s baseball. You can’t figure it out. You try to figure it out, you’ll go crazy. But we’re going to come out tomorrow, get another good outing from our starter, and hopefully our bats will get going.”
The three homers, was it ballpark, mistake pitches, or combination?
“Probably a combination. But I missed some spots. I’m not going to let the ballpark be an excuse for any of those three home runs. None of those pitches were where they were supposed to be.”
Take any positives from this, that you settled in and went seven?
“Other than those three pitches, I pitched the way I wanted to pitch tonight. I didn’t have my good fastball tonight, but I was spotting up and I was mixing it up really well. Like I said, those three pitches, if those stay singles I throw a game to be proud of.”
You were eventually going to give up runs somewhere, whether here or elsewhere
“But it never feels good. You never want to do it. Especially when it’s the way it happened tonight.”
“Latos has some good stuff, and he kept us guessing all night, coming right at us.”
First two-homer game, can’t fully enjoy it
“No, can’t. It’s always good to do that; it’s my first time ever doing it. But all in all, you want the victory. It was a hard-fought game both ways. They hit a couple of home runs as well, and they were able to hold the lead the rest of the game. We had to battle back, but they held us off at the end. Chapman came in and closed it down.
“We fought them at the end pretty good, but he’s not easy to get to, throwing that hard.”
On starting game with homer off Latos
“He was at a full count. I just happened to see the ball good and was able to get ahold of hit. He pitched good the rest of the game after that. We tried to work him but he was pretty good tonight. He was throwing the fastball hard, had a good slider, changeup. He worked us pretty good and pitched seven innings. We didn’t get to the pen early enough where they’d have to use a few people; they just used the big right-hander [Ondrusek] and Chapman at the end.
“It’s not an easy team to beat at home. They’re used to this park and they use it to their advantage. They’ve got a pretty good lineup over there. We’ve got to come to play. They took the first two so we’ve got to come tomorrow against Arroyo, try to put together good at-bats against him and see if we can get back in the W column.”
“He’s a good pitcher, had a very good fastball tonight. For the most part he put it where he wanted to.”
On team going through rough offensive stretch past few days, even in this small ballpark
“It’s part of a season. We’ve run into some good pitching staffs. Got to tip your hat last night to Mike [Leake], same thing tonight with Mat [Latos]. We lost 4-3, a one-run game. We hung in there. They swung the bats well and were able to maintain that lead. But again, we were close. We had another opportunity at the end of the game to tie it up.”
On facing Chapman in the ninth (Uggla and Heyward struck out to start inning)
“I just looked at some of the video of swings I just took. I felt like the trajectory of the pitches, they kind of rise. It’s tough. Like Kimbrel, sometimes you see guys right on him but he throws the fastball that’s electric. Same thing [with Chapman]. It’s tough left on left. I know odds are stacked against the hitter there, against somebody who can throw 101. But all you can do is go up there and battle. We don’t see him many times, being that he’s not in our division. So right now he’s probably going to have an advantage a majority of the time anyway.”