On coming back after rough start
“A lot of spirit and Simmons hitting that home run tied the ball game and they got a quick strike with their home run. You still feel pretty good, first and second there and some guys at the plate. It seemed like that was all night. We had some people on….We had Detwiler on the ropes a few times and couldn’t punch him through until late in the game when Simmons hit the home run and we got four runs in that inning.”
“Delgado didn’t pitch particularly well but I thought that third inning he goes out after laboring through the first couple innings with a high pitch count. He gets out the first two guys, quick outs, and then we didn’t help him much after that. we made some mistakes behind him and got his pitch count up to 90 pitches for four innings. The good thing is we battled back and made it a hell of a game. And I think it’s going to be this way against these guys for the next 12, 13 games that we play them.”
On pitcher needing to cover that, but this case extreme
“He did, he covered it. I think the next guy got another groundball. Three errors? And Simmy is trying to backpick there with LaRoche, the runner at second base. Just put him [Delgado] in a hole. if that inning maybe works a little different he gets that next guy, gets a 1-2-3 inning, he may be able to breathe a little bit and go five or six. But we put him behind the 8-ball there in that inning.”
The way your bench is composed, is there much you do can besides have Hinske swinging away?
“You could do a couple different things if you want to but you feel like with ‘Ski at the plate being a left-handed hitter, that he’s going to get a pitch that he can at least hit to the right side and if it goes through, it goes through. It was a change-up down and away, good pitch by Clippard and ‘Ski popped it up to the center fielder.”
On not expecting Jack Wilson to botch a groundball, and maybe a youthful error by Simmons?
“Yeah I think Simmy was definitely a youthful error. He got excited and tried to create something with his arm, which is a very good arm. But that’s chalk it up. and Willy… people who don’t make errors are the people not playing. You play this game long enough you’re going to misplay a groundball or throw a ball away. That kind of stuff happens sometimes.”
On tying home run, got to be thinking we’re going to win this one
“Absolutely, at home and we just put up a four-spot to tie it, broke their hearts a little bit. I think first pitch next inning, Morse he hits it to right center field. But we go back out there and get some people on base and we just couldn’t get them through.”
On pickoff plays early, first and third situatiuons when Braves had Espinosa between 1st and 2nd but didn’t get rundown
“It’s a missed hit-and-run is what I’m thinking and he gets in no man’s land. Jack Wilson goes to cover the bag and Mac can’t vacate the plate [with a runner at third]. What we should have done better at was when the second baseman comes off the bag and shortens that distance a little bit, creates a shorter gap. I don’t think we did that because Jack had gone over to cover the base on the hit-and-run or the potential stolen base.”
On Morse’s decisive opposite-field homer off him
“He’s got a lot of juice going that way. It’s the first pitch and he’s 3-for-3 at that point, he’s going to try to be aggressive, try to get that fourth [hit], maybe try to leave the park. You don’t want to get behind [in the count] either, the way the guy is swinging. It was middle-middle, probably middle-away just a little bit. Might want to make a little better pitch, but then again, until they hit it out or hit one in the gap it’s not all that bad [a pitch].”
Situation makes it so much tougher to take
“Yeah, we come back, score four. It would have been nice to keep it even, let us get a chance at them.”
On the team coming back from 4-run deficit
“Once we got a couple of breaks – it seemed like early we couldn’t catch one, or made a couple of bad decisions. Coming back and scoring four that inning puts all the pressure on them. They start to think about, who are we going to throw out there, what are the matchups? To give back a run that quick … if it’s 2-0 maybe you feel a little better about it. Yeah, it’s not a good feeling.”
On being in position to pull out a win after his tying 2-run homer
“Yeah, we put ourselves in a hole early. We made a couple of errors and we had a couple of opportunities to score runs and we didn’t. I left, like, eight people on base, or 10, I don’t even know. I mean, we had our chances. We definitely had our chances. They got a lot of hits but we stayed in the game. We just didn’t capitalize.”
On his throwing error while trying to force things a bit and get LaRoche at 2nd
“I saw two balls go off of gloves, at second base [Jack Wilson’s error] and go off of Chipper Jones. I was trying to back-pick LaRoche at second. I was too aggressive. Just a little immature of me. I’ve got to be better than that.”
Tough night, to feel like game’s lost, then have it back, then lose it again?
“Yeah, you want the games like this, because you want emotional games. You want to battle, and after you win you feel good about yourself, like you accomplished something. But after battling that much and losing, it hurts.”
You’ve lost five of six to the Nationals; you feel like you guys are closer to them than record indicates?
“Yeah, I feel like we’re on the same level. Just a couple of bad breaks. I mean, the guys are hitting the ball well. Pitching has been good; we’ve had some ups and downs, but we know what they’re capable of. Defense can be good; we struggled a bit tonight. It’s just a matter of being consistent, and we’ll get these [next] two games out of them.”