On replacing Delgado with Medlen, bases loaded and one out
“I just thought the inning unraveled a little bit on him, right from the very beginning on the leadoff check swing that could have gone either way on Phillips, then a wild pitch, and then … it just got out of hand. Tough position to put Medlen in, with no wiggle room. He got a ball out over the plate and he hit it out for a home run.”
On Delgado pitching well until the sixth
“And to leadoff the inning with the slider or changeup in the dirt to Phillips, the check swing didn’t go in our favor and inning kind of unraveled on him a little. Bit. Until that point I thought he did a nice job. He had a first-and-third early in the game and induced a double play to get out of the inning. But other than that….
“Then one pitch to Mesoraco with bases loaded, which is a tough spot to put in Medlen. No room for error, he doesn’t want to walk a run in, and the guy got a swing at it.”
On offense falling short again
“Well, most of our bats were in the dugout sitting with me, with Freeman and McCann and Chipper, for a couple of different reasons. But it’s tough to score runs… But you’re going to go through a stretch like this in a long season, and you feel like the guys you put in there are going to do OK. Hinske got a base hit, Francisco got a nice home run. He was the right guy to have up there with runners at first and third and one out in the ninth inning, a guy with some juice that can hit it out of the ballpark. But he just happened to roll over it and the game was over.”
“Michael’s swinging. What’d he have, three home runs in the series? And Prado’s swinging the bat and had a couple of stolen bases.”
“One of our things is to get them back on the horse again. We had a chance to keep it at two runs with those lefties coming up. He gave up soa pitch to Stubbs for a home run, but it was nice to see him get back on the horse and retire the next three hitters. Well, I think he gave up a base hit and then got a double play. But it was nice to see him get back out there and get him going again and get his confidence built.”
More on Delgado running in trouble in sixth
“I just thought the inning unraveled a little bit on him right from the very beginning, on the leadoff check swing [walk], then the wild pitch. I just thought it got out of hand. Tough position to put Medlen in, with no wiggle room. He got a ball out over the plate and he hit it out for a home run.”
On giving up the grand slam
“Obviously I expected to go in there and just throw one pitch and get out of it with a double play, but I fell behind and had to go at him. See what happens. I feel bad for Randall. You hate to go in there and give up someone else’s runs especially with the bases loaded. But like I said, I fell behind and had to go after him.”
Tough to pitch?
“You don’t blame the park for anything. Our hitters are just as capable of hitting fly balls out of here, same as them. Can’t blame it on the park. It was a fastball down the middle and he hit it. He’s a big-league hitter, so he can handle that.”
Not to blame the park, but isn’t there smaller margin for error?
“It’s an even playing field. Our offense hits in the same park as them. You don’t blame the park at all. I needed to jump ahead and I didn’t. And me made me pay for it.”
Giving up someone else’s runs like that feels worse than your own?
“Yeah, anybody’s runs you’re giving up, it definitely sucks. I’ve been on that side, too, when I got the start and someone comes in and gives it up. It’s not a good feeling. But it’s part of the game. It’s a tough spot to go in, bases loaded with one out, but, you know, it happens.”
Did you think it might hook foul?
“I stood there as long as he did just watching that ball go down the line. But I saw it about 10 feet to the right of the pole before it even got there, and I was just like, damn.”
“We were playing well before we got here. It’s tough to get swept, but it’s going to be good to go home, relax for an hour and just keep playing.”
On the bad inning beginning with a walk, like the grand slam inning at Tampa Bay
“It’s almost the same as the last start. We paid for both walks. I was trying to keep the game under control, but I couldn’t.”
Did you understand making the pitching change?
“Yeah. He tried to prevent the runs but the grand slam came. We can’t control that.”
Tough place to pitch?
“It’s all right, but one pitch can change the whole game. That’s what I learned tonight.”
On Delgado before the sixth inning
“He was pitching real good. He was pounding the zone. He gave up that one double to Frazier, but he was throwing great. He hung a slider to Heisey. That’s a tough pitch. But they’ve got a good club. You can’t walk guys. That’s been kind of his little thing. He’s a fastball pitcher and these are good fastball hitting teams.”
On Reds, who’ve won six in a row
“They’re definitely rolling right now. They’ve got a lot of confidence. Their pitching staff’s a lot better than people give them credit for. They’re good. And we’re a little banged up. We’re not 100 percent. We know that. The bench players are here to pick up the slack when those guys are banged up, and we haven’t been doing a great, great job of that. But we’ve been in most of the ballgames, in close games, even with Chipper out basically, and B-Mack being out for three games, and Matty was sick for a few days. We’re playing some of our bench guys, but we’ve got a good, deep team and our pitchers are keeping us in games. That’s all you can ask for.”
Can you go home and get this turned around?
“I think so. We’re a Chipper getting better and B-Mac feeling better and Freddie getting his eyes fixed – that’s 3-4-5 [in the lineup], or 5-6-7, whatever, of your lineup that’s not functioning at full strength. I’m sure if we go back and put those guys in the lineup, if we had been at full strength it might have been a little different outcome. But it is what it is. You go through those things in a season. We’re anxious to get home; we’ve been on the road a lot. Get some rest in our own beds. We can’t be down on ourselves. We’ve got Washington coming to town.”