On Freeman’s return
“He swung the bat just like before all the eye issues. That’s nice to see and just right on time because today was an offensive day. I thought the whole series was weird – balls going through the infield, up the middle and we got out in front, then came back and tied it, kept battling, they came back. we put a big number there in the bottom of the eighth inning to give us a cushion. It was a shame we couldn’t get Huddy a win, but I like the way the guys battled and really looked like the offensive team that we were the first month and a half, or almost two months of the season.”
On Hudson’s start
“He had the sinker going, and some of the groundballs – I think Holliday hit I don’t know how many up the middle in this series, just not hit very hard. And Molina was hot as a pistol and he kept coming up. We won a series after losing eight in a row, and now we’ve got a day off tomorrow, get on a plane, try to keep winning series to get back on top of our division.”
On getting some bloops to fall for hits
“That evens out. I thought offensively we did a lot of good things executing. That bunt there going first to third. Constanza reading the ball in the dirt. All that little stuff. Getting in a rundown at third and able to get Bourny back in scoring position. I’m pleased with the offensive part of it. it’s a little different lineup when McCann’s in there and Danny and Freeman. Now we’ve got to get the other end of our game going.”
On shot in the arm from Constanza
“He brings energy. And to use a Stan Van Gundy or an NBA term we had the hands team out there. he made a hell of a play to start the game up against the wall there.
On playing in the new glasses, you like it?
“I do. It took a little getting used to, but I was able to get used to it pretty quick today so it worked out.”
Surprised you were able to hit a homer in your first pro at-bat wearing glasses?
“I was surprised by how I hadn’t played in a few days and was able to have a swing like that. I wasn’t really worried about the glasses; I knew they worked well. I did a lot of work before the game just to make sure I was able to stay through the ball and go to left-center. I was happy with the results.”
The glasses will be a permanent fixture for you now in games?
“Yeah, I don’t see me going back to contacts because my eyes, I still can’t put contacts in there so there’s no reason to go back to square 1 with that and have my eyes burning and all that stuff.”
Feel good in the field, too?
“Everything was fine. The only thing I’m going to have to worry about is, like, a day game, a sun ball, just have to figure out what I’m going to do there.”
No prescription sunglasses like these?
On winning two after the eight-game skid
“We went through a stretch. Everybody is going to go through a stretch like that during the season. Hopefully that was our longest one. We’re going to go through another stretch; I’m sure we will. It’s how you minimize those and bounce back like a winning team does. It’s good that we came out here and battled the World Champions like we did. To take five out of six from those guys on the season is pretty good.”
On the sixth inning, lot of ground balls
“They were hitting some ground balls just out of our reach. Some odd plays. I’m just glad we were able to come back and win. It was a game that I thought we should have blown them out. I felt really good out there and they got in position to score some runs. It feels like the last couple of games every baserunner that I’ve had has scored somehow. Seems kind of hard to do, every single baserunner scores. But that’s kind of been the case the last couple of outings. Just got to do a better job making some better pitches when I get in a jam.”
“Just hitting ‘em where we’re not. They had some pretty good at-bats, fighting some pitches off, a little bit of good luck on their end and not-so-good luck on our end. I’m just glad we won. That’s the main thing. All the personal things aside, it’s a good win for us. I’m not happy with my outcome personally, but bottom line is we won the ballgame.”
Nice having Freeman back in the lineup?
“It was, man. He came in and did what he did. He plays great first base and he’s some of our thump in our lineup. It’s good to have him back in there. Obviously Ski’s role is coming off the bench and he’s very comfortable doing that. We kind of took him out of his comfort zone a little while Freeman was out. Now hopefully things will get back in harmony.”
“It was a great game for a baseball fan. Not so much if you were winning 5-nothing early and then it was tied up late.”
On coming back from the skid
“We knew that we were a lot better than a team that was going to lose eight in a row. This is more like the kind of club I think you’re going to see on a day-in, day-out basis. It’s a great win tonight. We beat a good ballclub.”
On getting Freeman back in the lineup
“That was huge. Getting him back in the lineup is a big deal, because you’re throwing another presence in the order that the pitcher has to make quality pitches to, and they can’t leave pitches out over the middle of the plate. That’s just going to help everybody around him.”
How good to win a series after losing eight games in a row?
“It puts us back on track. We had a little skid there. The good sign for us is putting up runs. That’s something that we weren’t really doing during that little stretch. So to be able to come out and score some runs was big for us.”
Does this show what the team can do when you’re closer to full strength?
“Yeah, any time you take the four, five and six hitters out of anybody’s lineup across baseball, they’re going to suffer. Your team’s built around the middle of the order.”
On Hudson cruising until the sixth
“Just a bunch of seeing-eye singles, man. I thought he was going to be able to throw a complete game. His stuff was electric. That’s the problem being a sinkerballer sometimes. If luck’s not on your side, it’s a bleeder, up-the-middle knock. He had some balls find the holes on him.”