10/03/2002 11:32 pm ET
D-Backs post-game quotes
Bob Brenly, Diamondbacks manager
In the ninth, why not (Erubiel) Durazo?
We'd anticipated Tony (La Russa)
was going to bring (Jason) Isringhausen into the game.
We were saving Durazo for a later spot in the
inning, if it got to that. Let's just put it that way.
Neither of your aces came out of
here with a win. How tough is that?
It's tough. It means you're
in an 0-2 hole going back to their ballpark. It's
probably the understatement of the season that
our work is cut out for us now.
When you took Schilling out, was that
just for the bat?
He expended an awful lot
of energy to get out of that jam. The strike-out of
Jim Edmonds put him at 97 pitches on the
ballgame. You know, we had to score at that
point. Schill does a lot of things well; hitting home
runs is not one of them.
When you talked to Alex (Cintron) about that
play, did he think Scott (Rolen) was not going to
charge as hard? What did he say to you?
It was an instinctive play.
He read the ball off the bat. I think he thought it
was hit a little bit harder than it was. When Rolen
came into the baseline to field it, he tried his best
to get out of the way, but unfortunately made
contact. Just one of those things that happens.
Thoughts on leaving (Mike) Koplove in in
Pitcher's spot due up the
next inning. At that point if we decide to go to
another pitcher, most notably BK (Kim), we would have
to make a double switch in the lineup. I mean, I
guess we could have done it. Koplove was
throwing the ball well. I felt comfortable with him
starting the ninth inning, with (Mike) Myers and BK
available, should anything happen in the ninth.
Would you talk about Curt's
It's exactly what we
expected from Curt Schilling. You got to tip your
cap to JD Drew, that was not your typical hanging
home run pitch. It was a fast ball over the plate,
down below the knees. It was a real nice piece of
hitting on Drew's part to get it.
Other than, that I thought Schill was
tremendous. He did exactly what we needed him
to do. Offensively we couldn't get anything going
against Chuck Finley.
How did you feel your hitters
approached Finley today?
I thought we did all right.
We had some good at-bats against him. He had a
real good split-finger working for part of the game
today. Got a lot of swinging strikes on pitches that
were in the dirt. Probably looked bad from the
stands. From our level, those were nasty pitches.
Matty hit the ball well, Colby hit the ball well today.
Hit a lot of balls hard. Unfortunately for us, hit
them to the big part of the park.
Obviously, the toughest situation
you've been in all year. What will you tell your
The same thing I would have told them if we won this game. Tell them to
show up Saturday and be ready to play. That's all
you can do. There's no pep talks, there's no magic
words that are going to suddenly make everything
okay. You just keep grinding. You keep playing
the game. You keep doing the things you've been
successful doing and hope for the best.
Curt Schilling, starting pitcher
With you and Randy going in games
one and two, there had to be a confidence
factor. How difficult is it you guys losing these
It's tough, no
question. We got outplayed, though, you know.
Certainly didn't expect to leave here down 2-0. It is
what it is. We're going to have to find a way to
right the ship. Forty-eight hours to get this thing going.
They've come out and done what they had to do.
Are you ready for Game 5?
I'll be ready for Game 5.
You look like you had everything
you wanted today. Would you talk about your
stuff a little bit?
Well, I felt good. Today my best wasn't good enough. You know,
it's disappointing. Felt like I had all my pitches.
Felt like I had good command. The ball that JD hit
out was a ball I've gotten him out with quite a bit. I
made the pitch I wanted to make. I still got beat.
I was talking to Koppy (Mike Koplove) in the ninth. I said,
"It doesn't make it any easier, but sometimes you
do your job here and still get beat."
It's part of competing at this level. You
know, doesn't make you feel any better, but that's
life. The bottom line for me was, you know, this
came down to fundamentals. I had a chance to
move a runner over, get a bunt down. They ended
up driving in a run. We would have been up 2-1
going into the ninth. They got the bunt down, got
the runner in.
You saw it last year in Game 7 of the
World Series, fundamentals win and lose games.
I thought today was an example of that.
With some of that talk about tipping
pitches, the fact that (Scott) Rolen would have
benefited, any intent in that pitch?
No, absolutely not.
Have you tried about everything you
can with JD Drew?
I think he's like three
for his last nine or 10 off me with seven strike-outs.
The home run in St. Louis, I missed my pitch.
The home run that he hit last year in Game 5 was
a split that I left in the middle that he didn't put a
great swing on. But he's got so much power. You
know, I haven't seen the replay of the one today,
but everybody said he was out infront. He's so
strong. He's such a good hitter. He got that ball
elevated. That was all he had to do with that pitch.
I mean, I made my pitches for the most
part. Today, like I said, I made the pitch I wanted
to make in that situation, but I got beat on it.
What is your mood, what is the
mood in the clubhouse right now?
down 2-0. Our next three games, hopefully three
games, will be elimination games. You certainly
never want to leave home any worse than 1-1.
Like I said, it is what it is. We're going to have to
find a way to come out and get a game here Friday
and get Randy back on the mound and go from
But we're down 2-0. Got to find a way.