On the sloppy 5th inning and the loss
“We dropped a fly ball; that’s going to happen. A little miscommunication there with Pauly [Janish] and Chipper. But we had a chance to get out of it. The bunt that they popped up to the infield, we’ve got to get an out there. At the very least catch it in the air. And we didn’t do that, and they scored two.”
“We put a number up [run in the fifth] and we just couldn’t do anything else until the home run by Rossy. You feel like we had a chance to win the series today with Tommy on the mound. Didn’t happen. We go back on the plane 4-6. We were shooting to go back 5-5. Take the off day and regroup a little bit, then get the Phillies at home.
“But we had some opportunities early and just couldn’t take advantage. I don’t think we put a crooked number up the whole series. What did we have, a solo home run and another run yesterday, and one run today in each [of two] frames? You’re not going to win ballgames that way. When you get an opportunity you have to put a three-spot or a four-spot up on the board to win ballgames.”
Fatigued after long stretch of 20 games in 20 days?
“I don’t know about that. Our offense, we’re OK. We’ve got a pretty good offense, but for whatever reason … you’ve got to give a little credit to the Padres, the way they pitched us, but we need to get it going a little bit.”
On Hanson’s frequent early exits
“I think right now his command is the issue, his fastball command. It’s not going where he wants it to go. Some of the balls are being left over the plate, and he’s walking guys with the fastball. But this is only his third start off of the DL, so maybe he’ll get it going here in the next couple of starts.”
On Hanson not reaching down to field bunt, back bothering him?
“He hasn’t said anything about his back or anything. It was just not a very good play on our part.”
On ugliness of the fifth inning
“Yeah, but you’ve got to battle through those. Probably the biggest thing that sticks out in my head was the leadoff walk in the fourth. I thought I did a decent job early on, executing my pitches. Then in the fourth and fifth, no so much.”
The flubbed bunt in the fifth inning
“Stuff like that is going to happen. I don’t know, I heard someone yell and then I was going to try to play it off the bounce. Then it just kind of scooted past me.”
On his command
“It’s got to be better than what it is now. I’m just going to keep working and do what I can to get it back where it needs to be.”
On the missed pop-up, miscommunication with you and Janish?
“Yeah. I know I was drifting on it a little bit, but Paul called it right at the last second and I was pretty much at the point of no return. And I just tried to jump up and get it at its highest point. We made contact, so … It’s just a frustrating end to the road trip. Especially a play like that. It looks bad. Then to compound it, we don’t field the bunt right after that, and all of a sudden a one-run lead is a three-run lead.
“We, for whatever reason, struggled to score runs here in San Diego. Can’t seem to string anything together.”
Did you hear Janish coming?
“I heard him at the last second. How many times do you see somebody calls it at the last second and both guys shy away and it drops? And I wasn’t going to let that happen. It’s just one of those unfortunate ‘tweeners that didn’t go our way today. Not much else did either.”
On team being in better spot than before last year’s collapse
“I think we’re better mentally. It seemed like last year we just couldn’t get any breaks. Couldn’t hit, couldn’t make the big pitch when we needed to, couldn’t make the big play.
“You know, I still feel like we’re playing pretty good baseball. We ran into some pretty good pitching on this road trip, but I’m certainly looking for bigger and better things on this upcoming homestand. We’re a tired club right now. This is obviously a long trip, a lot of shady starting times, and playing every day. Some guys are tired. I think we’re looking forward to the day off tomorrow and the Phillies coming into town this weekend.”
On standing ovations in his last game at San Diego, also where he made his major league debut
“I’ve always enjoying coming here. It’s one of my favorite places to come. The ceremony the first night, getting to see Trevor [Hoffman] again, he and I faced each other so many times over the years. Good to catch up with him…
“It’s another one down. And obviously it holds a special place in my heart because it’s where I got my first appearance.”