On Sheets’ performance
“I think he left some balls over the plate. There were some balls hit pretty good. I don’t think we made any missed plays behind him or anything. I think he did a hell of a job getting out of that [second] inning with the bases loaded. But I think later on he left some balls over the plate and they capitalized on them.”
On struggling offense
“We got three solo home runs. Our guys battled back. We go up 2-nothing, they come back and tie, go ahead. You could easily have rolled over, and we didn’t. We battled and battled and got into some situations, just could’t get the elusive single with people on base.”
Only three hits other than the homers
“We’re just not keeping the line moving right now.”
On Sheets’ three-start losing skid, is he tiring?
“I’ll sit down and talk to Roger about it. I think he’s one of those guys, he’s going to charge. And maybe some of the balls are catching too much of the plate. You can see the breaking ball is still there. You can see the velocity is kind of still there. So maybe he needs to make a little bit better pitches, or maybe the pitches he’s getting hit on are just catching too much of the plate.”
Still hoping that one good game could get the offense out of this funk?
“Yeah, that’s what you’re hoping for. You’re hoping that broken-bat single, keep the line going, two-out single, and just keep it going. It’s contagious. Hitting is contagious. Hopefully we can catch a little bit of that.”
On whether he threw too many pitches over the plate
“I think some of them might have caught a little bit more of the plate. The scary thing was, a lot of them were located pretty good.”
“At the time you think you leave them up, like the one Sandoval hit off the wall to left field. But I looked and it was down and away, man. I can’t get it any better down and away. Maybe wrong pitch, wrong selection.
“I hate the way I pitched. I feel like I made some good pitches, just didn’t put anybody away.”
On the surging Giants
“They’re playing good. We just need to get back on the winning foot tomorrow.”
You ‘hate’ the way you pitched?
“I hate the results. That’s all it is, results-based. I can give up line drives, make good outs and throw everything down the middle and love it.”
They didn’t get any runs in the second, but you had to throw a lot of pitches in that three-infield-singles inning
“When you have to throw extra pitches in that inning, that just keeps that pressure on you. I mean, sometimes it don’t show right away, but they find a way to make you work.”
Past three starts pretty similar to…
“To each other.” [smiles]
… no, to the first five?
“It’s pretty similar. Probably the last four. Philly, I didn’t strike anybody out. You can have good results or bad results. A break or two, I could have had a great game today. So you just don’t know. The more good pitches you throw, the more bats you miss with two strikes, the better off you are.”
“We’ve got a good team and they play hard each and every day and battle the [opposing] pitcher. Our guys don’t give away at-bats. We like our chances each and every day.”
Some observers are going to say, you’ve lost three in a row….
“You can win four in a row, you can win three in a row. It’s what it is. Yeah, the last three were bad, the first five were good. Just keep plugging. Just keep plugging, man, do what you can do to help this team reach the goals we set.”
On hitting two homers to center in a spacious ballpark
“Yeah, I got a couple of mistake [pitches] and I was able to get them. I don’t think that second one is going out at Turner Field.”
On mounting losses
“It’s getting frustrating. Obviously, we’re a winning team and we’re just not winning now. We’ve run into some good pitching. We battled out there today and they just came out on top.”
On Giants playing well
“Their top of the lineup got on base today and made some stuff happen. Pagan caused a wreck out there today. We couldn’t get him off the bases and he really changed the game for them. He was always on base. It put Sheets in the stretch all the time. He left some balls up, but we had our chances. He kept us in the game. We only lost by two. The offense has got to take that one.”
Giants playing like you guys were until recently
“Yeah, they’re playing great. They’re not making mistakes, defensively or offensively. They’re getting guys in. They’re hitting and running on us. They get a hit to right field every single time they need to. They’re playing great baseball right now and we just ran into them at the wrong time. We need to get out there and get Bumgarner tomorrow.”
Some fans and others are going to start saying this feels like the beginning of last year’s collapse….
“You can’t put it like that. That was last year, this is this year. It’s a whole different season. We’re still in first place in the wild card. We didn’t lose any ground to the Nationals. We’ve just got to get back out there and get on the winning track tomorrow.”