“I thought Tommy was pretty good. He’s going to get the L at the end of the day, but I thought he did a nice job. He just left two pitches out over the plate. I’m not so sure that the Gonzalez pitch was left over the plate. I think he went down and got him a little bit. And the other pitch, he hung a curveball. But it’s just too bad he got the L, because I thought his performance was better than that, really.
On difference between this game and Monday’s 6-1 win
“Yesterday we get three runs in the first inning with no hits, and today we get nine hits and get nothing. I thought we hit the ball hard at people at times and then the seventh and eighth innings got away from us a little bit, a couple errors, a walk, a couple wild pitches. We’re better than that defensively. I think we lead the National League in defense and we didn’t look like it today. But again, we didn’t score any runs but I thought Tommy did a nice job.”
Was Hanson’s biggest improvement his fastball command?
“He had good fastball command and threw both breaking balls over, his curveball and his slider.”
Braves couldn’t get the big hit again, lot of wasted chances
“We had two on in the first inning, I think two on in the first three innings. Six runners on. We hit the ball hard. We hit two line drives to the left fielder. We hit a line drive to center. We couldn’t get that ball to split the gap.”
On some aggressive baserunning backfiring
“With first and third with Rossy? Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. You’ve got a guy at the plate who if he hits the ball on the ground it’s a double play, so you try to stay out of the double play. You’ve got a guy at first base that could steal you the bag. They executed it pretty good — the prevent of the double steal, they did a nice job executing. But at that time the score is 2-0 you try to scratch one out there and make it a one-run game.”
Hanson’s best start since All-Star break?
“I think it’s a positive with him. I really do. He did a nice job.”
One of those nights for the offense, with balls hit to the wall and caught
“Our line, if you would have flip-flopped them from yesterday and today, you could believe it. I think we got four hits yesterday and scored six runs and today we get nine hits and score nothing. That’s just the way it goes. You’ve got to tip your hat to those guys. They just couldn’t get people out when we had some people on base.”
On his outing
“I felt good. I felt like my command is getting back to where it needs to be. Just a couple of solo homers, and then that last inning was a tough spot. But overall it was good.”
On his breaking ball
“Lately my breaking balls have been good. It’s been my fastball command that’s been the issue, and it was a lot better tonight.”
What’s behind the increased strikeouts tonight?
On Carlos Gonzalez homer to break scoreless tie
“We know that he hits those backdoor breaking balls pretty well, but at the same time that is one of my strengths. Looking back now, it’s easy to say we shouldn’t have thrown it, but that is one of my strengths so we went with that. Myself and Rossy thought he hit a pretty good pitch.”
Both homers came with two strikes, anything you’d do differently?
“Yeah, the 0-2 pitch [Jordan Pacheco homer] needed to be buried. The one to Gonzalez, not so much. I mean, he got me. He’s a good hitter, and that’s not one of those situations where I’m going to beat myself up over it.
“To Pacheco, the 0-2 curveball, I wish it was in the dirt.”
Only two walks tonight with eight strikeouts, command progressed since All-Star break?
“Yeah. I walked two, but the last one was kind of intentional. Yeah, I felt pretty good about that. I think the biggest thing for me now is my fastball command and getting better with that.”
Progress at the right time?
“Yeah, I felt like I threw well tonight. I had a good side in between these last two starts, and hopefully I can keep progressing and getting better.”
On Hanson’s progress
“Tommy threw really well. He was making his pitches. Fastball command was really good today. He was kind of rolling. Had Gonzalez set up, and it’s one of those things were Tommy was nailing the backdoor slider, but the scouting report in the back of my head says don’t throw backdoor sliders to Gonzalez. I’ll take that one, because he nutted the pitch and it’s just a bad call by me, really.”
On the Pacheco homer
“We had the other guy with two strikes and that breaking ball just … it was a pretty good breaking ball, I don’t know. The guy put a pretty good swing on it, you’ve got to tip your cap.”
On the 6-0 loss
“I think the game got a little sloppy at the end for us, but we hit the ball hard early on against their guy. I struck out with runners at first and third and we’re running, that caused that double play. Just the big hit and me letting that ball get by me, not blocking that ball was a big run, took it from three runs to four. Our bullpen did a pretty good job. Just some things that went a little bad. My stats may say I had a good game, but I didn’t feel like I had a great game.”
On not getting a key hit when had so many chances early
“Yeah, and especially early on we hit the ball hard right at guys. We were having good at-bats, guys were hitting the ball hard, we were getting guys on base. We left a lot of guys on base. One of those things, we weren’t finding grass. Three or four line drives hit to their outfielders, that they ran down. You’ve got to be pleased when you’re looking at that. The game got a little out of hand, sloppy later. But sometimes that’s baseball at this time of year.
“I thought it was one of those games where you feel like you’re winning or you’re going to win, then you look at the scoreboard and you’re down two…”
“The great thing for me, catching-wise, is that Tommy just threw the heck out of the ball. I thought that was one of the his best outings that I’ve caught all year. He really commanded his fastball in and out, and his breaking ball – he’s getting the big breaking ball over to lefties and his slider wasn’t his best one that he’s had, but the other pitches were really good.”
— Quotes compiled by David O’Brien and Carroll Rogers