On wild game and loss
“Let’s take it a step at a time. I thought [Mike] Minor was outstanding. I thought for him to have not pitched for 12 days, he was terrific. He really was. We couldn’t ask anything more from him.
“We had some chances offensively to score some runs. We didn’t. That 10th inning was a tough play for Chipper [Jones] to make, that chopper to third base. That’s a bare-handed tough play to make coming in and they scored a couple runs. We came back. [Brian McCann] got us back in the game, a tie game, then we give up six runs in the 11th.”
On the late innings
“We had some opportunities. We had some opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of them. Who would have thought that you had [Pablo] Sandoval and [Buster] Posey out of the lineup in the eighth and nine innings, when they did some switching, and the guys who they put in there scored six runs. It’s just a tough day.”
On Durbin giving up two three-run homers in 11th
“It was some balls over the plate against some lefties. You can pinpoint anything — an extra-inning game and you’ve got [Anthony] Varvaro, who has been pretty good, hits a guy and walks a guy in the 11th, and puts [Chad] Durbin in a situation where you may not want him to pitch or pitch to the guys you want to. He just left some balls out over the plate to left-handed hitters.”
On Uggla’s continued struggles and what can be done
“Right now, he is having a tough July. The good thing going here is he has some history of coming out of it and mental toughness. We’ll get through it with him.”
On key at-bats finding slumping Uggla (scoring opportunities, etc.)
“When you are going bad that happens. When you are going good you come up big in those situations. We’ll keep running him out there and keep playing him. I thought [McCann’s] at-bat against [Santiago] Castilla was outstanding to get us back in the ball game. All of a sudden we had four home runs by both teams in the last two innings of the game at one in the morning almost. I don’t know what to tell you there. Again, we had some opportunities and we didn’t take advantage of them.”
On rollercoaster of a night
“Early on, both starting pitchers did a great job of making their pitches. It was … I don’t even know what to say. It was a hard-fought game on both sides, it just didn’t come out with us as a winner.”
Take any positives out of this?
“Yeah. We played hard. That’s the positive I take out of every day we come here – this team gives it everything we’ve got on a daily basis. We show up ready to play. Tonight they got the better of us, but we’ll be back tomorrow and get after it. I don’t think we played bad. I thought Vogelsong threw a great game. Mike Minor threw a great game.”
On Melky’s antics
“That’s just Melky. He’s joking half the time. He’s not a bad guy. He likes to joke around.”
On whether it was a bittersweet night, tying George Brett’s RBI mark after costly error
“It was bitter.”
On the under-handed throw that sailed over McCann
“It takes too much time to come back and throw overhand. It’s one of those do-or-die plays. I know the guy was fast. I possibly could have side-armed it, but he was running inside [the baseline], so it kind of takes the angle away from me. I figured I’d try to flip it as hard as I could, trying to get a little more of a flip. It turned out to be costly.
“We still had an opportunity in the [ninth], second and third, didn’t get it done. Mac hits a big two-run homer, we’re feeling good about things. A hit batter and a walk to lead off the following inning, then the floodgates came open.”
On his aching knee
“Both of them hurt; my right one is killing me.” [Ached more when he beat out the grounder that Theriot fumbled.]
Probably out of lineup Thursday?
“I would say so, just because when I had to back up on that ground ball [in the 11th inning, bounced throw to first] it was tough to plant my right leg and really be able to push off. It was kind of all-arm over there and that’s why you saw it come up short. It didn’t feel good when I got here today, and it progressively got worse.”
Can you even take anything from tying Brett for all-time RBI lead for third basemen?
“No, I’m not really thinking about that. It’s just an unfortunate loss. It’s a well-played game until the last couple of innings. It seemed liked we had some magic left in the tank there late, but obviously you give up six runs in extra innings in one inning, it’s going to spell your doom.”
On Melky’s antics
“That’s Melky, and that’s why he’s not here anymore…. He got a little happy when Blanco hit the home run. It won’t be forgotten.”
On giving up two quick homers in 11th inning
“Same pitch almost. A cutter that stays on the plate, and for lefties it runs right into their swing. After the cutter in that [Crawford] fouled off his leg, we were trying to run it back in there a little bit closer to him instead of leaving it on the plate. It didn’t quite get there.”
On giving up homers to a couple of guys not known for going deep
“The book on [Crawford] is you can get him out in, but it was just wasn’t in enough. It started middle and ended up on the inner third, and for a lefty that just runs right into their swing.”
Rough way to lose
“After Mac’s homer, and getting the out there [strike out of Arias, first batter Durbin faced after entering with two on and none out], then you blink and it’s 9-3. At least Chipper got his RBI. Not a fun way for him to get it, in a game that’s 9-4. But a hell of an accomplishment.”
On his performance
“I feel like we had a real good gameplan today. We went over it, and I felt like I executed my pitches. That’s what got me through the lineup a couple of times.”
On working through that jam in fifth inning
“I feel a lot more comfortable out of the stretch now. I’ve been in that situation a lot, and tonight it was more relaxing. I knew I just had to make quality pitches and get out of it.”
On getting a lot of strikeouts looking, what were you throwing?
“I was going back and forth with them [mixing up his pitches]. Besides the home run – I threw a lot of change-ups to Melky and he sat on that one. He’s a good hitter and he’s having a great year.”
“I threw inside. I went more back and forth and threw a lot of stuff for strikes, and then later on I mixed in a lot of sliders and curveballs.”