“Masterful performance. I mean, this guy’s throwing 88-90, in and out with his fastball. Threw some curveballs in on right-handers, made some nice pitches on change-ups and also curveballs. And we played some nice defense behnd him.”
On Maholm’s low pitch count
“His last start was the same way. He gave up a two-run homer and a solo homer to Maxwell, and he went seven innings and we had to pinch-hit in the seventh inning.
“You know what I like about him? He gets back on the mound ready to throw the next pitch. His pace is unbelievable.”
“Offensively we didn’t do much, other than two two-run homers. And I tell you what, the last one by Danny was big. He could go back out in the eighth inning with a four-run lead instead of a two-run lead. That was nice.”
On Uggla’s improvement lately
“He’s been swinging it. We’ve seen him get hot and roll off some multi-hit games, some RBI games. Especially today with McCann and Chipper out of the lineup, Danny comes in and does a helluva job giving us some RBI production.”
“You see his ball decent and you want to swing at it, but it’s just moving so much that you can’t square it up. I just remembered, I was like, these guys are still going to be aggressive and swing, they’re not taking. Because I remember being in that situation when we were in it, like when he beat us in Chicago 1-nothing. He did that tonight, just throwing the ball in the middle of the plate, having his sinker cut or breaking ball he brought out late and change-ups early on, and double plays.
“That’s a catcher’s dream. A lot of fun.”
Frustrating when he’s on the other side, nice when he’s on yours?
“Yeah. I was thinking, Reed [former Cub Reed Johnson, who also came in the trade] has got to be over here thinking, this is no big deal, this guy’s been doing this two months. I’m in here going, this guy’s carving. He locked in pretty good. Like I said, that was a lot of fun.”
On Maholm’s stuff
“His fastball was sinking early and he established that he was going to throw strikes. When he did that, they had to respect away, and they started to swing at some balls away. So then he went to his cutter in and jammed some guys, got some groundballs and easy pop-ups. He got a couple of groundballs early on with his change-up, curveball later on for a free strike early on in the count. He shook a couple of times to a fastball in, and I was like, OK, you better make this pitch. And sure enough, he did it.”
“You look over there at the guy they threw out there [Matt Harvey], he’s got great stuff. The guy’s throwing 96, throwing hard. But he’s got to learn how to pitch. Once he learns how to pitch he’s going to be really good. Pauly, when you’re throwing 87 out there, you’ve got to know how to pitch from the get-go. And he’s gotten nothing but better as he’s gotten older. There’s something to be said about veteran pitchers that know what they want to do to every hitter and know how to read hitters like catchers do and try to get on the same page as catchers. And that’s why you try to bring young pitchers along and try to let those guys work through things and figure it out. Because this isn’t Triple-A, this is the big leagues. So you’ve got to go through some bumps and bruises.”
On his performance
“My main goal is to get in the game, mix speeds, challenge them down [in the strike zone] and get groundballs. The guys made a bunch of great plays. Obviously the one at third. Freddie made a great play [at first base]. Two double plays. Mike went and got the one in center. And obviously with J-Hey and Uggs hitting home runs, it helped me just make my pitches.”
On Heyward’s first inning homer
“Obviously it’s good, then you’re just going out there and trying to get a shutdown inning, get some quick outs. I think I threw like six pitches in the first, so… I just tried to keep the ball down and get groundballs.”
Is this how you were pitching in Chicago before the trade?
“Better. Obviously if you throw a complete-game shutout it’s better. My first game last week against the Astros, I felt good. I missed two pitches and gave up three runs. When I’m feeling good everything’s working. Just trying to get ahead [in counts]. Rossy called a great game, and pretty much it seems like every time they were looking away we came in with a cutter or a four-seam and got some broken bats and some easy outs.”
Growing up a Braves fan, now getting your first win for them in this manner?
“Yeah, it’s obviously good to get off to a good start when you come over to a new team. And to get the first one out of the way, being a complete game, it’s fun. Next time I’m just going to try to go as far as I can, same thing, try to get some quick outs.”
On throwing fewer than 50 pitches in five innings, 95 for nine innings
“Last year my complete game was in, I think, 91 pitches. So I’ve had a few. Whenever it gets deeper in games, my goal is to try to keep it under 90, keep it under 10 pitches an inning. It’s a challenge, something to try to go out and do. But the main thing is making pitches. Every time they got somebody on base tonight, I executed the pitch and the defense made plays.”
“Just execute pitches and let the defense work. They took care of me.”
**Mets manager TERRY COLLINS
“Obviously he pounded the strike zone. We swung at a lot of pitches early in the count. He was strike one a lot of guys. No consistent pattern. He threw some first pitch curveballs, some first-pitch fastballs, some first-pitch sliders, some change-ups. Really kept us off balance. We didn’t adjust very good.”