On Hanson’s erratic five innings
“He wiggled out of some jams. His fastball command wasn’t good. He knew that. It was hard. I think Mac did a nice job navigating him through those things.
“I think if we were in Vegas it would have been a nice line — seven walks, seven stolen bases, seven strikeouts – that’s a good line in the slot machines, but it’s not something we want to do every fifth day. He got his 11th win not being real sharp.”
On Medlen’s three hitless innings
“Medlen did a terrific job bridging the gap to the ninth inning, and Jonny came in with another solid inning, hopefully we get him turning the corner.”
Medlen show enough today, 46 pitches in three innings, to be an option to start?
“That’s an option. It was nice for us to be able to do that, just to give us that option. Roger and I were talking about maybe going to a fourth inning, but he had pitched on Monday, so we didn’t want to take him further than that. But that [starting] is an option going forward. We could do that. It all depends on how we come through the couple of games before that turn comes. Because he’s been terrific bridging that gap in the bullpen, getting us some wins and getting us to O’Flaherty and Kimbrel. But it’s an option, and we’re weighing it and thinking about it, and we’ll see what happens the next two or three days.”
On Hanson allowoing seven stolen bases, will other teams try or takes real speedy team to do it?
“It takes a special team. They’ve got some guys that can run. That’s the way he’s been forever. We try to speed him up every once in a while. It concerns me a little bit, but I go back to what my people from SABR [Society for American Baseball Research] say, that stolen base does not equal runs, and today it came true. But it’s not really a good feeling when guys are running all over the basepaths.”
On Juan Francisco’s big day
“That’s what we got him for, to give Chipper a day off every once in a while and match him up [against right-handers]. I think combined they’re in the high teens in home runs? That’s a nice number to have out of a corner power position.”
On his strange pitching line and performance
“Yeah, definitely. It was really weird. Definitely not ideal, but we got the win. That’s what counts.”
Feel like always pitching on edge of potential disaster today?
“Yeah, seven walks and seven stolen bases … to go out and pitch five innings and only give up one run, I have no idea how I did that. I don’t even know if that’s ever happened. I was obviously just having a hard time locating my fastball and throwing strikes when I needed to. So I’ve got some work to do. Still working. I guess the good part is we still won, and hopefully I can do a better job next time.”
“I know what I’m doing wrong. I’ve just got to keep working and try to fix it.”
On being similar to struggles in Washington on Friday
“Everything feels really good. I feel like if I can command my fastball, I’m going to be right where I was before the All-Star break. That’s the goal now, to find that. I know what I’m doing [wrong]. It’s a mechanical thing. Once I get that figured out, I feel like I’ll be back to normal.”
On Medlen following him with three crisp innings
“Yeah, he just made it look so easy. I’m sitting here like, ‘I suck. I’m NOT good right now.”
On his three-inning performance
“Yeah, we won the series and all that. He asked me after the second [inning] if I was all right and I said, yeah. You get a lead like that, you just want to keep it going. You get a couple of scoreless innings out of the bullpen, why not get another one? We had a lead so I could just execute my pitches and pound the zone.”
The curveball’s helping?
“Yeah, last year Don [Sutton] was trying to help me, explain it to me when I was coming back [from Tommy John surgery]. Now that I can trust my arm, I feel a lot better and a lot more confident with it.”
Think you can get stretched out this way and move into rotation?
[Smiles, a sort of not-this-line-of-questioning-again smile.]
“I’m just going to keep doing what I’m told and all that. That’s beyond me. Like I said, I just want to keep doing what they ask me to do, like I’ve done my entire career. I want to keep doing that, and we’re winning, so it feels good.”
If could’ve gone more innings, how far do you think could go now?
“When I was down there [at Triple-A to get stretched out to start] I got up to 96 [pitches]. It is what it is. I haven’t done that in a while. It would probably take me a few starts if they felt like doing that. It hasn’t been brought up and I’m not really worried about it. I just want to keep bridging the bullpen, from the starters to the late-inning guys.”
Nice getting couple of extra-base hits today, double and homer?
“Yeah, especially the first one, gave us a chance to get a run across and tie the game up.”
On winning two of three here, four of seven on trip
“You want to come out of a road trip like this one above .500. Both teams are in your division. Both teams not playing too bad, especially at home. It’s a good way to go into our next homestand against the Phillies.”
On Juan Francisco
“He’s a tough at-bat for pitchers, especially being toward the end of our lineup. Getting some big RBIs, some big knocks, making those pitchers work that much harder throughout our lineup.”
On Bourn continuing to excel
“Whether it’s grinding out an at-bat late in the game or extending the lead with a home run like that that you don’t expect.”
On going into off day
“I myself don’t really want to go into an off day right now. But we need some rest. I’ll probably do some swinging or whatever. Not a bad way to go into an off day at home.”
On giving Hanson a lead
“We just wanted to hang in there for him, get him some runs and get him a W.”
On his homer
“I’m happy that I had a good game. The home run came at an opportune time, and I’m thankful that the pitching held up and we played good defense.”
On filling in for Chipper
“I want to do all that I can to help the club when I’m in there.”
You get all of that ball? (the long home run)
“I could see that it was going to go far.”
Marlins manager OZZIE GUILLEN
On getting seven steals, seven walks, only one run vs. Hanson
“The game was pretty confusing. In five innings we steal seven bases walk like seven times, three doubles and we only score once. You think about it and you check your head how that can happen.”
“For the first five innings we felt like we could score any time, any moment, and we didn’t… I’ve never seen that before. That’s amazing.”
On his team’s stolen bases
“That’s the way we’re going to do it. We don’t have that much power. We’re going to use the speed we have. We have to do something positive before the year is over.”