Monday, May 20, 2013

Quotes from weekend series against Philly

Back-to-back home runs from two of the most unlikely suspects was the difference between the Reds winning and losing the series against Philadelphia over the weekend.

Both homers came off Aroldis Chapman in the bottom of the ninth Sunday. It marked the first time in 157 career appearances that Chapman had allowed two home runs in the same game.

Despite the heart-breaking loss, the beat goes on for Dusty Baker and the Reds, who now travel to New York for a three-game set against the Mets. Until then, mull over some quotes from the weekend series against Philly.

Friday (L, 5-3)

"Everything was working. Mes was calling a great game back there. We mixed our pitches really well. It was two mistake pitches. I left them a little too much over the plate. It's what cost me."
[Tony Cingrani on his outing]

"The walk and then the infield hit, how many infield hits is Ryan Howard going to get? And then the ball bounced so far on the other side of second base that Cozart couldn't turn the double play. It was just a matter of a couple of feet. ... That would have been a great play."
[Baker on a tumultuous eighth inning]

Saturday (W, 10-0)

"I don't care what the score is. You stay together and you keep fighting. And that's what you've got to do. But if you don't, well, that's kind of sending a message of what kind of player that you are. That's how I look at it. Like I said, I played for 20 years. I've been on a lot of teams. Your character is revealed. They say the game builds character. I don't know about building, but it'll definitely reveal your character."
[Charlie Manuel on the blowout defeat]

"Everything worked today. I didn't think anything was outstanding, but everything collectively was a good mix against this lineup. It's been so tough for us to win over the years in this ballpark, it's nice to nail one down with good run support and keeping them off balance all night."
[Bronson Arroyo on his stellar start]

"My swing feels quite a bit better. It feels quicker and more direct to the ball, and combining that with being able to see the ball as deep as possible, it's usually when I am at my best."
[Joey Votto on reaching base six times]

Sunday (L, 3-2)

"Rarely do you see back-to-back homers [to end a game]. We were thinking Freddy Galvis has power from the left side. We were thinking Eric Kratz was really the only guy that could hurt you at the bottom of the order. I guess it shows that anybody with a bat is dangerous. That's a tough one to lose."
[Baker on Sunday's ending]

"As soon as I hit it, I knew I hit it good. I didn't think it was to the wall, but thank God it was a homer. "[Chapman is] really tough. Here's a guy who throws 99-100 [mph], sometimes throws a 96 cutter. What I did when I went to home plate, I was like, 'OK, follow it right there and try to hit it.'"
[Galvis on his first career walk-off]

"It's sort of spoiled you that you expect automatic. There is no automatic. He went through a couple of streaks last year at this time. They all do. You don't like it. But everybody is capable of it. Right now, we just have to get him out of this funk that he's in and hope it's not too long."
[Baker on Chapman blowing two straight saves]

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