“He’s been getting some playing time and he’s swinging the bat. A hell of an at-bat there. Down two runs we came back and battled, tied the ballgame, a lot of great things going on there today. Tommy pitched well. The bullpen did terrific, all the way down to Jonny. Good defense, good baserunning. I wish we didn’t have to play extra innings. We had a chance there with Bourny at third and had three shots at it and we couldn’t get that run in.”
On Janish’s two 2-out hits
“Two big hits, and Rossy there in the 11th bit hit and also a great job going first to third for a guy that doesn’t have the greatest speed in the world. That’s good baserunning.”
On Janish’s game including three hits, great D, relay throw
“He had a great night but I appreciate him. The hits, those are great things to do but I appreciate the hell out of him defensively. The stuff he can do. The relay to cut the runner out at the plate with two outs. Nice game on his part, and I know him and Walk have worked hard to get a swing where he’s not an out. And he’s not by any means of the imagination and like we always say, he’s not here to win a batting title, he’s here to help us win on defense. And he’s done that. Whatever we get offensively out of him is a plus.”
On Uggla swinging with 3-0 count
“He’s going to try to go yard there and end the game.”
Encouraged by what you’ve seen out of Venters lately?
“Yes, this has been about four or five in a row that even when the ball is put in play, it’s on the ground which is encouraging. And going out of it today, we come out a bullpen arm shorter and sure enough the baseball gods test you and go ‘OK we’re going to go 11. See what happens.’ But I think we’re going to be OK. The bullpen is going to be OK. Nobody got taxed. Everybody pitched one inning the rest of the way. And give credit to Tommy, he gave us 6 2/3 innings, three runs, it’s a hell of an outing.”
Uneasy walking Kemp to get to Ethier?
“Yeah pick your poison. You’ve got the guy who’s arguably the MVP of last year and maybe even this year and you’ve got to try to put your guy in the best spot he’s going to be successful in.”
More on Hanson
“He battled and got right to 100 pitches. That was a very promising outing.”
On getting three hits, two of them in late innings when Braves scored
“It’s huge. It was one of those nights where Capuano had good stuff. He’s been throwing the ball really well lately. It was the same tonight. We couldn’t get much going throughout the game. Fortunately we got to him in that last inning [he pitched], when we were able to tie the game. Jason came up with a huge hit against [Belisario] to tie the game.
“Going into extra innings, you’re on the edge of your seat. Anything can happen. O’Flaherty came in and did a good job. Jonny did a great job. And the biggest thing is to win games like that, because they’re so emotionally involved. It’s kind of a kick in the pants if you don’t find a way to win them. But at the same time, it’s definitely a sign – good teams tend to find a way to win those games.”
On all the two-out hits in late innings
“That’s huge. Guys are grinding. Ross had a couple of the best at-bats of the game really without anything to show for it until that last at-bat. He got on two out and nobody on base, they’re kind of taking a breath thinking the inning’s over. We string a couple together and then Juan – that was huge coming off the bench, and being able to stick a ball in the outfield with two outs right there. You really can’t say enough about that.”
On the relay throw that nailed Ethier at the plate
“That’s really on Martin [Prado]. He did such a good job with that, cutting that ball off and getting it in in a hurry. I think they kind of rolled the dice. Obviously if we make two good throws there, he’s out by quite a bit. Rossy did a good job picking that ball; it was a short hop. To catch it and tag him and hang onto the ball is pretty big. It ended up being a pretty huge play.”
On his three-hit game
“I haven’t been swinging the bat as bad as maybe it looks like. I’ve been hitting the ball hard at people and whatnot, and having decent at-bats and just not getting the results. On a night like tonight, when we really couldn’t get much going offensively, to be able to come up with some key hits at key times, that’s obviously a good thing.”
On the team’s two-out hits including his own in the 11th
“Those were big. When J-Hey tied it up for us, he gave us that spark to come back, because we’d been pretty dormant other than Chipper’s home run. That was a huge home run to give us the lead, then Tommy had pitched out of some jams. They got him a couple of times, but he threw well, and J-Hey and Mike B … that’s what we do, we grind at-bats. Nobody gives away at-bats. You’re going to have to get us out, especially late in the game, you’re going to have to get us out with some good pitches and we’re going to fight you tooth and nail.”
On Janish’s hits in the eighth and 11th
“He was humongous. You know he hits the ball good if I can go from first to third [in the 11th]. He made some great plays defensively. And I feel like Janish is in every AB. I know the numbers don’t show it, but he makes a lot of contact. He rarely strikes out and he hits the ball hard. Early on he had a lot of tough luck, and tonight they found some grass.”
On getting a big two-out hit vs. team he’s struggled against
“Yeah, man, just trying to get better with time and keep grinding out at-bats. The starters threw really well and we were able to hang in there and get some runners home late, and put up some tough at-bats against their pitchers out of the bullpen.”
On number of two-out hits for Braves tonight
“It’s just being in situations more times, you want to try to get better at it. You’re not going to always come through but you want to just make sure you at least have a chance, whether it’s with two outs or no outs. And the more opportunities we have, the more we feel like we’re going to come through.”
Were you aware of your stats (6-for-63) against Dodgers before that two-out hit in eighth?
“Out there for sure. This is my first year swinging the bat decent out there in L.A. That’s the thing, I’ve only hit one home run in Philly and that’s one of the smallest ballparks. Same with Cincinnati. But time goes on and you get wiser with more at-bats. Same thing with two-out RBI situations, clutch situations and whatnot.
“You just want to keep improving. Last week the way the game ended in New York, it ended with me at the plate with two outs, a chance for an RBI to tie the game. And here we go again tonight, it was another chance, and it happened. So you just want to be patient with yourself and don’t over-think it, just relax and take what you can from each situation.”
On his outing
“I thought I threw well. Besides the ball to Ethier, I thought I threw pretty good. I was happy with how I threw, but know I can throw better.”
Back feel OK?
“Yeah, everything’s fine.”
Special coming from behind to beat Dodgers in series opener?
“Yeah, especially since this is a big series. The Dodgers have a really good team, so to win the first one, and the way we did, is huge. Obviously they have a tough team and Capuano threw really well against us tonight. So it was nice to get those runs late and win it in extras.”
– Compiled by David O’Brien and Carroll Rogers