On what went wrong for Jurrjens
“I think his command. The command wasn’t as good as we’ve seen it before. It just happened to be one of those days, whether it’s the long layoff between starts, but he just wasn’t the same and they took advantage. On a good note I thought Avilan was terrific. He gave us 3 2/3 innings of middle relief. That’s one of those games sometimes you’re thinking you’re going to use the whole bullpen just to get through. for a young man who hadn’t pitched but one-third inning in the major leagues I thought he did a terrific job getting us through those middle innings.
Did Jurrjens come up awkwardly after play at first base?
“I think the knee was all right, I think he just missed the bag. I think he tried to get to the bag and his steps weren’t there and he tried to kick it on the way by. A couple innings were weird: the stolen base that could have gone either way, they score a run, the hustle play by Cabrera, they get in scoring position with two outs and then they get a run. We don’t get the out at first base because we missed the bag, then we ended up getting six.
“Get it out of the way. It’s probably one of the ugliest games we’ve played in a while, and hopefully now we can go out tomorrow and Minor will give us a good outing, then Huddy, and get back to winning ways.”
On Posey being a tough out for anybody and bringing in lefty Avilan to face him
“It’s a tough situation. JJ had faced him two times before. And he gave up a walk and three base hits to get to that point. Yeah it’s a tough spot to put the young man in. It’s tough, but I think the kid did a nice job settling down after that, and he gave us a pretty good outing.”
On a couple of close plays that went against Jurrjens
“They took advantage of all those situations. You give a good club extra outs and guys like Posey and Sandoval are going to come up to the plate when you don’t want them to come up to the plate.”
On his performance
“I didn’t have my command. I was battling to get strike 1. They’re a good team, and I made a lot of bad pitches and they got hit…. That was a tough one. That’s a game for us to put behind us and be perfect tomorrow.”
More on what went wrong
“All the rallies, I think I started them with walks and not covering first base. The small things led to the big innings, and they just had good ABs and made me pay.”
On whether his velocity was down
“I wasn’t paying attention [to it]. I just know my command wasn’t there. I can throw hard or throw slow, if I throw it down the middle everybody is going to hit it. It’s not my velocity, it’s just my command.”
Being off for 10-11 days affect you?
“I still have to go out there and make my pitches. I had a chance to throw a bullpen and work on my stuff. It just didn’t happen today. Start working for the next one tomorrow and try to bounce back.”
If a player or two had been made, or you’d covered first base…
“Lot of if’s. We just didn’t get it done as a team. That’s it. I didn’t make pitches, we didn’t hit, we didn’t field. That’s a team loss. That’s it. Put this behind us and come back tomorrow. We’ve been playing good, and one bad game, nobody’s going to panic. Just come back and start having fun tomorrow again.”
On not covering first base properly
“I was too worried about Pagan being too fast and didn’t get close enough to the line like I need to do, and I just missed [the base with foot]. I was a little far from the base. I really didn’t pick up first base to see where I was headed; I was just focused on Freddie and trying to catch the ball. I didn’t see how far I was from the base.”
On Zito being craftier than ever at this point in career
“He’s got that slower-than-slow change-up, the front-door and back-door cutter, the straight one …
“But we just played sloppy. Sloppy. That’s the word for today, sloppy. We were sloppy on the mound, we were sloppy in the field, we were sloppy at the plate. You’re going to have stinkers like this every once in a while. It’s disappointing, but you’ve got to flush it, come back out and be ready tomorrow.”
On playing day after an off day, seven-game winning streak…
“I’ll never use that as an excuse. It’s disappointing. And nobody was exempt tonight.”
“We just couldn’t get anything going.”
On if the Braves had made a play here or there…
“You can never blame the game on any of those kinds of things, but you never know what would have happened say, if a few things would have happened differently. What it came down to, they took advantage of opportunities that were given to them early in the ballgame, then they put up that big inning against us.”
On Zito being crafty
“Yeah, definitely. He mixes it up. Still got a good curveball. Just kind of picks and picks and picks. Like tonight, he had us in a position where we had to hit his pitch, and he made pitches when he needed to all night. He kept us off balance. Sometimes, like my first at-bat, I had a great count and a good pitch to hit, and I just missed it by a hair. Should have been 2-1 right there. That’s the way the night went.”