Is that the Jason Heyward you saw so much in the past?
“Yeah, when you take a lefty slider like that with two strikes and hit a homer, that’s something special. It means you did everything right. He’s been swinging the bat great for probably the last three weeks. It’s nice to see that he’s doing it every day.”
On his own performance today, after returning to the lineup Tuesday
“It’s just good to be back in [the lineup]. I always say the most repetitions I get the more comfortable I get. It’s been hard because I play three games and miss a week, and all that stuff. My timing’s a little off, the feel and everything. I’ve got to get back into it and get out there every day.”
“It’s just nice to get in there and help the team win, and hopefully we can go on to Boston and do the same thing.”
More on Heyward today
“He’s fouling off pitches, I think he fouled off a ball on the [at-bat] where he struck out, that seemed to be this far [about two feet] outside. He’s reaching everything. When he gets it in the strike zone, like he did with Logan, he’s going to do damage with it no matter what the pitch is, no matter what side it’s from.”
On winning this series vs. Yankees after the bad homestand
“This was huge, to win some ballgames against good teams. It’s great to do it on the road.”
Feel like it’s first time you’ve been locked in in a long time, the homers and the mulit-hit games
“Stats-wise it’s been a while. It’s just good to have a routine, a rhythm, to go up there and trust myself, trust my approach. And just go up there and relax and try to put together a good at-bat.”
Freddie Freeman said you’re getting to everything at the plate right now
“It’s seeing pitches, seeing enough pitches. This is my first season playing through May and June [healthy], knock on wood. I just try and get better every night, keep making adjustments that you have to make.”
Lefty or righty doesn’t seem to matter right now who you’re facing
“All I can do is battle. The more pitches I see, the better chance I feel I have. I just have to go up there with the mindset to pay attention, focus on what they’ve done to try to get you out before. Try to get after them.”
On the ballpark and all the homers. Did it play small or what?
“It’s small to the corners. But give us some credit today, we swung the bat really well. And they hit the ball just as well a couple of times. It’s just that kind of ballpark, and at the same time you have two teams capable of hitting some home runs.”
On the win and the pitching
“I was really happy. Our pitchers battled today. Tommy was just up in the zone a little bit, gave up a cheap [homer] to A-Rod. He was up in the zone and they were mistakes, but… It was nice to get the win and win two out of three. You come in here and take two out of three, it’s a really big win for us, especially the way we’ve been going.
“I’ve been saying all year, when we’ve got everybody in there, with Freddie Freeman back, he’s a huge part of our lineup, let’s be honest. He’s a really good player, makes us really deep.
“Jason Heyward had a humongous game.
“I told our skipper later on, I don’t know if my heart cane take much more of these innings. Those last three…. Thank goodness Jason Heyward and Martin Prado came up big late in the game to get those insurance runs, so I could relax and be aggressive with [calling a game against] this lineup.”
On the heat, in the high 90s today
“I don’t know if it’s my age or what, but it was one of the hottest ones I’ve ever been a part of. These dugouts here, this new facility was a saving grace. They have air conditioning in the dugouts, which wasn absolute life saver for me. I don’t know if I would have made it through.”
Big series win help get bad taste out of mouths after the homestand?
“It does. And like I said earlier, when we’re healthy and Freddie Freeman’s in there, Mac in there, Chipper wasn’t in there today but…. We’ve got a deep lineup when Freddie’s in there. If we do some things right here and there, we could have taken two out of three from them at home.
“Our pitchers are battling right now. Our bullpen guys are battling their butts off. I know they don’t feel comfortable but they’re really doing a good job of battling and staying in the game. You’ve got to give these guys credit for just [continuing to] push.
“We’ve been good on the road all year.”
Your lineup a lot different when Jason is hitting like he is now?
“Oh, we’re really good when Jason Heyward is swinging the bat well. You’re talking about him in the six or seven hole, when Chipper’s in there? We’re really deep and I would hate to be the opposing catcher calling a game against our lineup when Jason Heyward and those guys are swinging the bat well.”
On Yankee lineup
“It’s tough. And I didn’t have to face Teixeira either. The top of the lineup is, I mean, I don’t think I have to say how good they are. They’re unbelievable. They’re definitely tough to face.”
How’d you feel in the extreme heat
“I was fine. Just sweated a lot. I didn’t have too many long innings, and I didn’t have to hit. It’s not like I run the bases anyway.”
On giving up four solo homers
“It didn’t kill me, but it’s not ideal. But, I mean, what can you do? I was trying to throw my off-speed for strikes and they got to them. Well, two [home-run balls] were fastballs, and the one slider, one curveball. Obviously I wish those were down in the zone a little bit more, but they weren’t. Luckily the bullpen and the offsense picked me up.”
With Beachy out for season, must rest of rotation pick up the slack?
“I don’t think so. I just think each one of us needs to go out and give our best effort every fifth day. That’s all we can do. I don’t think anyone can go outside the box and try to be someone that you’re not. We’ve just got to be ready to pitch and go out and do your best, give our team a chance to win.”
What’s it like to see that, with Beachy having a breakout season and all?
“It’s never fun. Especially when you see it happen to a guy like Beachy, who works so hard and is such a good guy. It’s never fun to watch, because I think we all know at any time that could happen to us, too. It sucks. I feel really bad for him, but you know how Beachy is. He’ll be fine. He’ll work hard and get back. But obviously he wishes he was here, and so did we.”
On the nine home runs by both teams
“Is that normal here for a day game?” [No, it’s a record for the ballpark.]
“That’s amazing. One, it might just have been the [close] fence in right field. But there were some balls hit pretty good today. And we survived. Tommy gave us five innings and we wiggled out of some situations. We’ll call a spade a spade – we got ourselves in trouble walking some people late in the game, and we did a nice job turning a double play and getting the win. And being able to add on some runs, too, late in the game.”
“He’s swinging. Yesterday he beat the Yankees with the bat and also with defensive plays, and today he just flat-out played good baseball. He’s been playing good baseball all year. And we can’t ask for anything more.”
On winning the series
“Two out of three. It’s good now to get on the train and go to Boston and win the next series. That’s what we shoot for, and hopefully we can get ourselves on little bit of a roll now.”
On managing a game when so many balls are flying out for both teams
“I don’t feel comfortable. Ask David Ross about that, because he came in about the eighth inning and said, ‘I don’t know how you do it.’ It’s tough. With their lineup, and you’ve got that [short] porch staring at you all the time. You walk somebody or make an error, it can be a big inning. And we kind of stayed away from that, other than late in the game we walked a couple of guys, with A-Rod at the plate it’s a scary moment.
“But hopefully now we can get a nice winning streak going.”
On better at-bats today
“Sabathia went a stretch where he got five or six outs in seven pitches [on Monday]. That’s not what we want. And today we battled. We got into some counts where we could hit, foul some balls off – and that’s what we were doing in April and May.”
“With their lineup, you’re going, we need to keep adding on. So it was nice that we were able to do that.”
On Brandon Beachy announcement (elbow surgery)
“He’s going to have Tommy John. It’s a shame, but Dr. Andrews confirmed what our doctors saw, and he’s going to have the procedure tomorrow. We’re going to miss him.”
“You can never have enough [pitching]. There’s 30 teams still looking for pitching.”
“I’m curious to see JJ. He won 15 games last year. He’s been pitching OK now, so I’m curious to see.”
**general manager FRANK WREN
On Beachy injury, surgery decision
“There’s different partial tears, [depending upon] which part of the ligament is torn. I think that also plays into the outcome.”
Tough on Beachy in middle of such a promising season
“Yeah, it’s tough. He was pitching well, really doing everything you could ask. Growing as a pitcher, growing in stature as a guy that you could really expect to shut the other team down. So it’s tough. Tough to lose him, and obviously tough for him.”
On Beachy’s symptoms, any going back recent starts?
“He never had the pain over the ligament at that point. The pain just came up in the fourth inning the other night. Every other time it was all in the back and the medial side of the elbow, which is where the spur is. So that was the first time we really had any indication of a ligament issue.”
Do you still feel like you have lot of pitching depth, or need to do something?
“I think we get through the next few weeks leading up to when the trading season really begins, and we evaluate what we have, how guys are throwing and who might be available. It was nice to see our guys bounce back the last couple of days here, because this is a tough place to play and they’ve gone some pretty tough pitching. And to bounce back and score runs, our pitchers did a fine job – this was a good series all in all.”
On evaluating Jurrjens in coming weeks
“I know Fredi said he’s looking forward to seeing him. I am, as well. He’s done enough in the last couple of weeks — with the exception of the game where he had the flu and probably shouldn’t have pitched, but he wanted to keep going – to give us some hope that he’s bouncing back.”