“We hit some balls hard, and they did also. They hit a couple of balls to the wall and we made catches, and we hit some. Prado lines out on that rocket to the second baseman, gets them out of that inning. We hit the ball hard. For only getting four hits, we felt like we had a good approach. I thought Uggla’s approach today was really good. He hit that ball to straightaway center. I thought that ball had a chance.”
“Bu Casey was good. He kept his composure for a young kid. He did a nice job. He did a lot of good things for them. Fielded his position. Got a base hit. Gave them some innings for them to win the ballgame.”
“Paul was outstanding. Giving up two runs and goint 6-2/3 innings, giving an opportunity for us to win the ballgame. It just felt better than a shutout, the way we swung the bats and the way our approach was.”
All of Maholm’s runs as a Brave have come on homers
“You know what, that’s the way it happens sometimes. He’s not going to walk people. He’s not going to get dinked to death. He’s going to fill up the strike zone. He just left a cutter right over the plate there.”
“That team has won eight in a row now, pitching well and playing well. We just came out of a real good series against the Giants and had a little momentum. They just pitched a little better and we hit the ball at them.”
On Bourn’s catch
“I’m not going to complain too much about the way we were robbed [on catches], because they hit some balls that we made nice plays on. Also, Jason made a nice play to turn a double play on that sinking line drive to right field.”
On the pitch he gave up the homer on
“I was trying to bounce it. I had thrown an 0-2 one that he took, but I was trying to go to the same spot. It was in and it was just up. He was able to get the barrel on it and able to capitalize.”
You’re aggressive in the strike zone, are homers sometimes a result?
“Not usually. It’s one of those if you miss, for some reason it seems like every time I miss lately it’s been kind of hanging for them to do damage. But my mindset is to keep the ball down and keep it on the ground. That was pretty much the only pitch tonight that stayed up. I’ll take the two runs in 6-2/3 pretty much every time out and have confidence in the guys to go out and score. But obviously they pitched a great game.”
Not enough homers lately to be concerned?
“I usually give up around 20 a year. It’s not like I’m up into the 40s or anything. You try to be aggressive. Sometimes it hurts you and sometimes it’s good. But I’ve been able to make the big pitch when I need to. Obviously the Headley at-bat tonight [strikeout with bases loaded], he’s one of the hottest guys in baseball and I was able to get out of it.
“We just weren’t able to get anything going. We hit some balls hard right at them and they made some good defensive plays, and we made some good defensive plays. It was a well-played game, it’s unfortunate we were on the bad end of it.”
On flying out to the center-field wall
“I felt good all day. I’ve been feeling good, just haven’t been getting results. That ball got in on me just enough to keep it in the ballpark. I thought I still got enough of it. Stayed up the middle like I was trying to do. Felt good.”
On Padres pitching, sub-2.00 ERA during eight-game winning streak
“They battle. They know how to pitch. We actually hit a lot of balls hard, but they made the plays and made pitches when they needed to. Sometimes it’s just not in the cards, you know?”
On Casey Kelly’s effectiveness
“He made his pitches, hit his spots, and didn’t really leave anything over the middle of the plate. Got the outs he needed to on the pitches that he wanted us to swing at.”