“He wiggled out of some jams there. He wasn’t as sharp as he was in New York obviously, but he kept us in the ballgame. I’ll talk to him tomorrow about it, but I think sometimes he’s not afraid to walk a guy to get to a guy he wants. That’s what it looked like a couple times in today’s game. He’s going to give me and Roger [a heart attack?]…
“I think with the bases loaded, he got Hundley out and the pitcher’s spot early in the game, but it looked like from sitting in the dugout, he wanted to face those two guys. He didn’t want to walk the shortstop but he didn’t want to give him something to hit. That’s something me and Roger will talk to him tomorrow about, if that’s what he does, to calm us down a little bit.”
“He’s heating up. That ball that he hit today was gone in a heartbeat. He hit the ball hard and Jason got some good hits and drove in some runs and Prado had a three-hit night. I tell you we ran the bases extremely well today. We get second and third in that one inning, they make that play at the plate, they’ve got a rundown, we end up second and third again, which is big. I was afraid it was going to come back and bite us a little bit, we give second and third in the second inning and we didn’t get nothing. But we were able to keep putting pressure on Volquez and we got some crooked numbers.”
That the Uggla you’ve seen in the past, when he gets hot it can roll for a bit?
“And we saw it last year. This is a good time for him to get hot and drive in some runs.”
On the run support early
“I made a bad pitch and gave up a solo homer. The next half-inning Uggs comes through with a huge three-run homer.”
On working out of jams tonight
“Just trying to execute pitches. I think it was the fourth inning, bases loaded with one out, and made some good pitches and got out of it and the defense took care of me.”
Did you pitch around Everth Cabrera (walk to load bases with 1 out) to get to No. 8 hitter Hundley?
“Whenever you have guys that aren’t have the years that they’re capable of, obviously I’m not going to give in to Cabrera when I’ve got Hundley and the pitcher coming up. I threw some close pitches [to Cabrera] and he laid off of them. You just kind of move on and go after the next guy.”
On staying calm in the fourth when they loaded the bases
“That inning when the bases were loaded, I threw a pitch to Quentin that hit him in the foot. Maybin barely hits one out of the home-plate circle, and I walk a guy. So it’s bases loaded and one out. You’ve just got to know that you can continue to execute your pitches and let the defense do their job.”
Did growing up watching Glavine in those situations help mold your approach (i.e. not giving in to good hitter)?
“He’s a Hall of Famer, so I’m not going to compare myself to him. But I think I try and keep the same mindset no matter what, and not give in. I think that’s probably coming from watching him growing up. Like I said when I got here, my mindset is to not give in and not allow the other team know whether you’ve got your good stuff. No matter what the score is, I’m going to go and compete and just try to keep it calm and compete and just make pitches.”
On getting career-high 11th win
“Yeah, but we’ve got a long way to go the rest of the season, so I’m just going to keep doing my routine, keep expecting to win every time out. When you’ve got a club that’s playing well it’s fun to come in every day and it’s fun to go out there for your start days. You just have to make sure that you keep us in and let the offense get relaxed and put up some runs. Obviously Uggla’s three-run homer, and J-Hey had the big double. It’s fun to watch and fun to be a part of.”
On getting to that high-and-in pitch and pulling it over LF fence
“I don’t know, I guess it felt a little up. But that’s what happens when you’re on time. When I’m on time, my bat’s as quick as anybody’s. I was able to get on top of one finally. Man, it felt good.”
On feeling better and better in past couple of weeks
“Yeah, just to get on base, get some hits, drive some runners in, score some runs. That’s when you know you’re getting back on track, when you’re creating some run production. That’s the only thing I really care about, scoring runs and driving in runs. Once you get to this level, that’s all it’s about.”
“He’s really come a long way. He’s really figured out how to pitch. He’s really figured out what type of pitcher he is. Not just this year. Every year he’s been in the league, he’s been getting better and better. And he’s a bulldog out there. He’s going to challenge you, he’s going to get you off-balance, and he’s going to give you a heck of an at-bat.”
On facing Volquez
“You don’t want to get behind 0-2, 1-2 on a guy like that, who has such good stuff. He’s got a lot of things he can make you swing and miss with, and he’s got a fastball he can blow by you. So it’s just a matter of not missing that mistake, and if you do get behind in the count you’ve got to stick your nose in there and just grind until you get something you can handle.”
Had the hitting shoes on tonight?
“One of them.” [laughs]
“No, just tried to keep it simple. Again it’s good to be in some situations with guys on base, just try to keep improving on those at-bats myself and we’ll have some opportunities to score and win.”
On Uggla coming around after long slump
“It’s awesome. I’ve been there personally, and it’s just huge to see him staying with it like we know he can, and I’m really happy for him to put together a lot of good ABs in the last few weeks. He looked really dangerous at the plate.”
On Maholm, not as sharp at at New York, but only allowed one run…
“It’s huge. He only gave up one, kept us in the game. It’s good to give him some run support early on and let him go out there and feel comfortable. Even though he threw a lot more pitches this time out, it’s still more comfortable pitching with a lead.”
Frustrated at all to keep winning and not pick up games on Nationals?
“It’s good to keep winning, bottom line.” (smiles)
Not frustrating at all?
(smiles) “It’s good to keep winning.”
On scoreboard watching
“We’re well aware of what’s going on. The thing we have to be aware of every night is, what we can do. And that’s all we can do is try to win games and have the opportunity to get to the playoffs, no matter how.”