On missed opportunities
“We had some opportunities to add on and they got out of it. I tell you what, I was impressed with their pitching overall. Their starting pitching and some of their guys that come out of the bullpen. They’re pretty impressive. Overall I think that might be one of the best staffs we’ve seen, one through 12.”
“I thought he did OK. I thought he did fine. He wiggled out of a couple jams but that’s good to see. I think he did fine. Go on to his next start.”
On if plan was to get him through the sixth inning with him due up second
“Yeah. You go out and you say you want your starters to go deep in the ballgame, now you talk with a forked tongue if you go out and get him in the sixth. He was fine to get him through that inning.”
On Young timing Kimbrel’s fastball
“I think he didn’t play the first two games and he comes in and gets a home run off Venters yesterday and one off of Kimbrel today. I think he is getting hot right now. He’s a pretty good player. We threw at what seemed to be his loop right there, those two at-bats, the one last night against Venters and this one here. You know what? It’s going to happen. I’m sure Craig is going to be fine for the rest of the season.”
If closer gives it up, better to do it by homer than walks, etc?
“There’s no question. If you’re going to give it up, make a mistake over the plate and he hit it out of the ballpark, tip your hat and go on. You hate to walk three guys and give up a bloop single and give it up that way.”
Wasted some early opportunities against the kid Bauer
“We had opportunities against a lot of guys. They made some pitches…. We had the opportunities and we didn’t add on. I think it came back to haunt us a little bit.”
Kubel as hot as anybody right now
“Yeah and we seem to handle him the night before. Tommy (Hanson) did a nice job handling him a couple times. It’s a good ballclub. I’ll be curious to see how they play over there in the west.”
Can you come away encouraged by starting a homestand winning two of three?
“Well we always look to win two out of three and we won the series. you always want to get greedy and get one more. We go onto Washington which is a very important series for us. Try to win that one also.”
Big spots seems to find Uggla when he’s struggling like he is now
“It finds anybody. This game is cruel at times. I’ve been with him a long time and we all know that he’s the right guy to come out of it. He’s not going to worry about that kind of stuff.”
On giving up the Chris Young homer in ninth
“I missed a spot. We were trying to go down and away. He’s a good high-ball hitter and I threw it right into his wheelhouse. He got the barrel on it and it went out.”
“It happens. It’s part of the game.”
After long scoreless run, feel like you’ll just pick it right back up tomorrow?
“It would have been nice to pick up a game on the Nationals before they come in this weekend. It’s too bad we didn’t get it today, but all I can do is come back tomorrow and start over.”
Easier to give up a homer than allow a run on walks and singles?
“I wouldn’t say it’s easy. You never want to give up any runs, especially in a situation like that. But like I said, all I can do is come in tomorrow and go right back at it.”
You seem like you’ve learned to deal with these situations in your short time as a closer
“It sucks that we lost, but there’s nothing I can do about it or we can do about it now. All we can do is show up tomorrow and go back at it.”
You mindset any different going into this game, after the start at Boston?
“No, I was just trying to go out there and have fun, keep my team in the game, give my team a chance to win. Try to have a solid performance again.”
After hitting your spots so well in Boston, looked like you were a bit off his strike zone tonight
“Yeah, I think a couple of pitches could go both ways and didn’t go our way. But I just wasn’t as aggressive in the strike zone as I wanted to be today. I fell behind a lot and needed to come back, and they put together tough ABs against me and fouled pitches and worked the count.”
The heat get to you at all, tire you any?
“A little bit. That’s the first time I ever got tired from the heat. I was shocked. After my strikeout [to end the second inning] I was trying to walk back to the mound and breathing hard, and thinking, what is going on?”
Kubel tough to pitch against right now?
“Yeah, I think he’s seeing the ball like a beach ball right now. He’s fouling tough pitches and taking really close pitches. He’s in the zone right now. I think he’s an RBI machine for them right now. He’s a pretty tough AB against pitchers. He’s waiting for a mistake to make them pay.”
On improvement he made in Triple-A
“I’m stronger. I can keep repeating my delivery and making quality pitches. I think that’s the thing I needed to work on in Triple-A.”
On missed scoring opportunities
“We had a couple of chances. After we scored two runs, we were in pretty good shape. They tied the game and we knew we had a chance to win the game. We went for it, but we didn’t get the run when we needed it. It was a pretty good game. They got the big homer in the ninth.”
On Kimbrel reminding folks he’s not a machine
“Man, he’s a human. I’m always going to support my guys, and he’s one of the guys that’s always going to be there for the team. It happens to anyone.”
“He was locating pitches. When he’s got those pitches, he can put them wherever he wants. His velocity and everything is going to come back. He’s come back and he’s working hard to get that confidence again. He looked pretty good again tonight.”
On rookie pitcher Bauer of the Dbacks
“He seems pretty good. His first start in the majors, probably nervous, didn’t feel confident enough. But he looks pretty good. He’s got pretty good stuff. Let’s see how he’s going to be from now on.”