On tying in 9th, losing in 10th
“We came back and scored three and tied it, and felt pretty good that we were going to have a chance to win the game. We had, what, first and third, with two outs there in the ninth? But we couldn’t get the last knock.
“These guys battled through a tough night facing Eovaldi. He was really, really good. I have’t seen a starter pitch that deep in the ballgame still cranking 97, 98 miles an hour on the fastball. It’s been a while since we’ve seen that. We come in in the ninth inning, tie the ballgame up, and feel like we’ve got a good chance.
“We got out of that bottom of the ninth with Jonny and Gearrin, feel like we’ve still got a chance. And then we just couldn’t get out of the other jam, with Gearrin in the 10th.”
Did you think the odd configuration and angles of the 420-feet center-field fence might have thrown off Bourn on the triple?
“I haven’t even asked him so I’m talking out of school here, but it looked like one of those where, you know how outfielders have their timing, and he just kept going back and going back, and you feel like the wall’s going to be there? That’s what it looked like, that he went so far back that he felt like the wall had to be close, and it kind of threw him off.
“I don’t like to talk to guys when something like that happens, because it’s a lot easier [for people] in the dugout to talke about that stuff. But that’s what it looked like. Most outfields, he probably runs out of room. And he still had another 7, 8, 10 feet left.”
On Janish’s dislocated shoulder
“We’ll know more tomorrow, but in those situations where you’ve got to pop it back in, there’s tissue that gets torn or whatever. We’ll know more tomorrow, but it’s not a good injury. It’s a [shame]. You put him in there to play defense and he makes a hell of a play, and he hurts himself. But we’ll see tomorrow. I hope it’s nothing major. He’s had it before, maybe not to this extent. This one didn’t pop back in by itself. Bubba [trainer Jeff Porter] had to manipulate it back in. That’s when you kind of do some damage when you manipulate it back in.”
On using Venters and Gearrin in ninth, Gearrin in 10th
“They did a nice job in the ninth inning. Then we walk Brantly [in the 10th] and hit the next guy, and here comes the meat of the order, Reyes and Lee. Reyes just happened to put some bat on the ball and blooped one in there on a 3-2 count.”
“He gave us a hell of an effort. What did he give up, two runs? One was on the home run that Buck hit on Moylan. He did a nice job.”
“He was throwing 97, 98 miles an hour in the eighth inning, and he was commanding all of his breaking pitches. He was tough. He made a pitch on Danny that was 2-2 pitch or a 3-2 pitch that was 98 on the black. No chance. And he did that all night.”
On the ninth-inning rally
“J-Hey leading off the inning with a double was huge. Chipper walks. Just down the line, ninth inning we all put together some good ABs and fought back to tie it up.”
“He was great. Anytime you go seven innings and give up two runs, that’s pretty good. His effort tonight was amazing. He made his pitches when he needed to, he worked in and out. He had a good pace of the game going.”
On McCann’s two-run double off lefty Dunn
“The first pitch was a slider. He’s got a fastball away, slider away. I was looking out over the plate and got a fastball I could drive. Luckily I put a good swing on it.”
Did you think it was going out?
“This is a big park and I don’t hit a lot of home runs to left-center field, so I knew it was going to be a long shot [to clear fence], but I knew I hit it good.”
On what you can take out of this game
“All you can ask for is for everybody to play hard, and that’s what we did tonight. It didn’t go our way and so be it. We show up tomorrow. If people were dogging it, that’d be one thing. But everybodys playing as hard as they can. At the end of the day, that’s all you can do.”
On Eovaldi pitching lot better than he has
“He’s got great stuff, man. On any given night, a guy like that can shove. If you’ve got electric stuff like that and you can run your fastball consistently in the mid-90s for seven innings, you’re going to run into outings where you’re dominant.”
On Venters’ recent work
“He’s been great. I think his last 10 to 12 appearances he’s only had two bad games. We’re very confident in Jonny coming in, working his sinker down and away, down in and in, and mixing in his slider when he has to.”
On the triple by Buck that landed back in the deepest part of center field
“Obviously I missed the pitch where I wanted to throw it. It was over the middle. I still kind of thought he popped it up, but it kept going. And when [Bourn] got there, it’s a tough play. He went a long way. He ended up with a triple. To me, with a guy on third and nobody out I was more or less conceding the run, and trying to make pitches. I got to two outs and Gorkys did a good job of just kind of taking the change-up the other way and scoring the run.
“Obviously their guy [Eovaldi] was on his game. We battled back and did everything we could. We fell short, but I think coming back from 3-0 in the ninth against a closer gives us momentum to come in and win a series tomorrow, which is kind of the important thing.”
On how he felt
“I felt good, I felt better than I have been in my last few. You have rough outings going through the season and you get back on track. Hopefully tonight’s one of those where I kind of just bounce back. I get to face these guys again next week, so it’s one of those cat-and-mouse games now to see who has to make the adjustment.”
Fredi said you’d dislocated your shoulder before?
“Yeah, this time it actually dislocated and got stuck out. I’ve had that happen before where it subluxes my shoulder when I dive, and usually it just slides back in. It still hurts but it’s kind of something you just kind of shimmy in and deal with it. This is the first time I ever had it stuck and not be able to get it back in. When I got back up here [to the clubhouse] they popped it back in, which was a little painful, too, but at least it was immediate relief.”
“It’s usually sore for a few days, but it’s not too bad.”
So this has happened multiple times in the past?
“I’ve probably done it eight or nine times before, but never stuck, never got actually dislocated. But I’ll be fine.”
“Everything looked fine.”
“Yeah, I think so” (He said this as he was being led away to the training room for further treatment.)