On the unusual game
“We had some opportunities almost the entire game, really, and we didn’t get anything from it. It’s a weird game. Four hits, four home runs and six runs [for the Dodgers], and we left 11 stranded. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that kind of boxscore, really.
“Sheetsy gave up those three runs early in the second inning, then he kind of settled in… Then all of a sudden after two outs he gives up another three-run homer. Other than that, and we didn’t score, what are you going to do? It was just a weird game.”
On the three-homer barrage off Sheets in second inning
“He’s going to throw strikes. He’s not going to shy away from the bat, and I think those pitches, he just left them over the plate a little bit. You get those pitches out of the boxscore, and the three-run homer in the sixth, and it’s a pretty good ballgame that he pitched. What’d he give up four hits? And they just happen to be three solo homers and a three-run homer.
“But again, we didn’t help him by getting some opportunities to score runs and not taking advantage.”
On Ross striking out with bases loaded in first inning
“That’s a tough pitch. It’s up in the zone, he checks his swing and the ball just happens to tip his bat, and the inning’s over. But we had some [other] opportunities, even there in the eighth inning, to score at least one or two more. And we didn’t do it.”
How do you evaluate this Sheets start?
“I’m always, the glass is half-full type guy. So you take away one or two of those at-bats and it’s a pretty good ballgame.”
On his biggest regret tonight
“The walks. The walks. Putting men on base. Them three home runs are pretty and they look good, and they are runs, but if I don’t walk them guys I feel like it’s 3-1 after six and we’ve got a chance to win it.”
On what was happening
“Man, I was just missing off the plate barely. Not that close, but I mean, just didn’t make a pitch. I went through a stretch where I just didn’t make a pitch right there.”
“The difference in a good game and a bad game is that last Hanley Ramirez at-bat. If it’s a good one you make a pitch and get out of it. A bad one he hits it into the seats.”
Those six batters – four homers, two walks – nobody else reached base
“Well, that’s a lot of baserunners. As long as I let my guys play. Walks, they can’t play behind you, and home runs, they can’t play behind you. If I give them a chance to make plays, they make a lot of great plays.”
“It wasn’t really weird. The solo homers, I can pitch around. They hit three tonight, you don’t see many people go back-to-back-to-back. So I can deal with those. But the two walks with two outs in the sixth inning … it pisses me off, to be nice about it.”
On the game and Sheets giving up four hits, all homers
“He was pretty good outside the home runs. A couple of pitches they put good swings on. He was pitching his game pretty good. We didn’t capitalize on some key points there in the first inning, that punch-out from me – we get a base hit there, or even a walk, it may be a different game with momentum going our way and Yonny [Janish] up.
“It was a weird game. We all thought we were going to win that game, then that three-run homer kind of hurt us a little bit.”
“We’re playing a good team. They’ve got a deep lineup. We’ve got to take advantage of opportunities when we get them, because they’re too good of a team to let those pass [without capitalizing].”
The 3 homers in 2nd inning were so quick, barely time to talk about them….
“Yeah, the one to Ramirez, just trying to go in and missed [in the] middle. The one to Loney we were trying to go way in and he just pulled it back over in a fastball count. And then that kid [Cruz] hit a first-pitch breaking ball, which is pretty impressive. When we made mistakes, they did a good job.”
Ever experienced anything like that?
“Back-to-back-to-back really quick like that was really, like, didn’t know what happened. I played in Cincinnati, the ball flies out there, maybe [it happened] a time or two. But that’s pretty quick. [Turner Field] is a big ballpark. Those guys took advantage [of mistakes]. You’ve got to tip your cap. Hanley Ramirez had a great game and did what he had to do to put them on his back, and we didn’t take advantage of some key opportunities.”
“We were in that game. I think Aaron Harang was just wild enough, he was throwing just as many balls as he had strikes right there at the end. He wasn’t on his game like he can be. I’ve played with Aaron [former Reds teammates], he’s a good pitcher. We didn’t take advantage today….
“We hit some balls hard at some guys. I felt like we were in that game right until that three-run homer, then we were going to have to battle and scrap and have some things go our way.”