On Julio Teheran’s outing
“I thought the first for innings, obviously, he was nails. It was one of the hurdles in the fifth. You’ve got a four-run lead in the fifth, with a young kid sometimes that kind of throws them out of whack. I thought the first four innings was as impressive as I’ve seen him. He had a good mixture of curveballs and fastballs and getting everything over for a strike. That fifth inning just got away from us a bit.”
On whether Livan Hernandez’s troubles might’ve been caused by long layoff
“I don’t know. I don’t think this guy is going to forget how to pitch after 15 or 16 years in this game. Obviously we thought he could get out of that jam with the bases loaded and his experience. That didn’t happen.”
On why went with Hernandez in that situation with bases loaded
“Who else would you like me to go with? If you give me a suggestion we can talk about it. I could have brought in [Craig] Kimbrel there. Some of the SABR people thought that would be a good spot. In these situations, the fifth inning of a game, is a perfect situation for [Hernandez] with all the experience he can wiggle out of there. He’s not going to spook in that situation. They got him. You have to tip your hat to the Toronto Blue Jays.”
What happened to Teheran in fifth?
“We talk about sometimes with young pitchers different hurdles. That’s one of them, when you get a lead in the fifth inning. You’ve heard me talk about them enough that you know them all. That’s one of them…. First innings…. We thought about leaving him in there a little bit and letting him try to get out of there but at the point I took him out he had a 31-pitch inning. You start getting into some situations where he may get hurt.”
“We won the series, two out of three. That’s what we asked for. If this was the first game of the series and we won the last two, we would be smiling right now. It’s not the case. It’s the last one. Nevertheless we won two out of three. We’ve got the Yankees coming to town and we’re playing pretty good baseball and we’ll try to win that series also.
On whether there was a difference in fifth inning on crispness of Teheran’s pitches
“The second time through the lineup. Four-run lead. That kind of stuff. He’ll be fine.”
On end of winning streak
“It’s so hard to win games at major-league level and you spend so much, players or energy, to get to those winning streaks of six or seven. There are going to be some nights where guys are not available to pitch or to play. It might be the ugliest one we’ve played in a long time. Hopefully, we’ll get another winning streak going and [only] play one of these once a month.”
On Dan Uggla coming out of game for first time
“He’s OK. [Came out because of] game situation [i.e., blowout], but he’s OK. He got a ball off the ankle there but he’s fine. I expect him to play tomorrow with no limitations.”
On Chipper Jones’ return, he make it through OK?
“Chipper is fine. Everybody other than the team ERA was good.”
On what happened in fifth inning
“I just tried to do more than I did the first four innings. I was excited to win the game, and I got a little bit out of control with my mechanics. I got excited because I wanted to win the game.”
“Yeah, I take this like an experience, another one, and try to be better for the next one.”
On his first four innings, had to feel good about that right?
“Yeah, I was pretty excited. First four innings, try to make it a good outing and try to win the game.”
Surprised he took you out when he did?
“I was a little surprised because I was focused on my pitches…. But I don’t have anything to say about it. If he takes me out, he takes me out.”
On his improved curveball
“I’ve been working a lot on my curveball. It was my best pitch today.”
Curveball different than last year?
“Yeah, and different than it was in spring training. I use my curveball more now than I did then.”
On coming up for one start, disappointing so brief a stay?
“I’m not disappointed. I just try to get here and do my job. If they want me to go back, I go back and do the same thing I’ve been doing.”
What did Fredi say?
“He said you’re going back to Triple-A, and I said, I’ll take this as an experience.”
Did long layoff affect you?
“It’s tough, but I’m not going to say it’s because I didn’t pitch for a long time. I missed a lot of pitches and this is what happened. I’ve never made an excuse in my whole career. This is what happened. Got to go back and start throw a little more, throw a little bullpen [session] every two days.
“I haven’t pitched for a long time. I think if I start to throw every two days, like a little bullpen, 20 pitches, I’m not going to be all over the place with my pitches.”
Pitched a lot more frequently before your last appearance, feel better doing that?
“Remember starting pitching is different, you pitch more. I think it will be better [to pitch more in bullpen between outings].”
On getting knocked around
“I like to pitch. In that situation I’m supposed to get people out. A couple of bloopers, just people coming up and swinging the bat. When you throw it all over the place, these people hit mistakes very good. It’s the American League, so…. This is what happened today…
“It’s a crazy game. We’re supposed to win that game, and I let it go easy. But I’ll come back. I understand, the fans they’ve got to boo. I’m supposed to get booed, because I didn’t do a great job today. This is what happens. When I do good, fans are going to [cheer].
“I deserved it, I think. But there will be a next time. I’ll be all right.”