10/05/11 1:44 AM ET
A Postgame Interview with Kirk Gibson
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Q. Can you talk about just what Collmenter has done against Milwaukee both regular season and tonight. What you saw of him, two hits in 7 innings?
KIRK GIBSON: It's been incredible. He gave up one run three times, walked three, struck out 16. I think he had one ground ball out, struck out 6 tonight and I think everything else was in the air. We talked about it before, he obviously has great deception. He obviously has great character. He was very composed tonight and threw strikes. He kept them off balance, and it's what we needed. He deserves a lot of credit for the way he threw and the way he was composed tonight.
Q. It was the kids' night, I guess, to come through for you. You weren't surprised when they walked Montero ahead of him. How did you feel about that at bat when you saw Goldy going up there?
KIRK GIBSON: When you're standing there, and you see Goldy standing right there, you know they're going to walk him. And you know, when you're making lineup, how you want to decide where you put people, and you guys know how I feel about Goldy, you know the big hits he's had this year. So that's why he's up on top right behind Miggy. And I had a good feel in who I had up there. He's been outstanding for us this year. Hit his first time up, great approach on Marcum, and then of course the grand slam. Got down in the count, stayed on the ball. You see opposite field approach. When you have a guy that can leave the yard over there, it allows him to have that approach and allows him to do a lot of damage. That's 5 RBIs for a kid that was in Double A this year. That's pretty impressive. It shows what he did in Spring Training against the Rockies early on when he hit a ball up on the berm, in a situation like that. It wasn't a fluke.
Q. Another must win tomorrow. Any thought at all to Kennedy going on three days rest or was it always going to be Saunders?
KIRK GIBSON: It's going to be Joe. Joe's been good for us all year. I've stayed in turn all year pretty much. Giving guys extra days. We're a team. Joe, he's ready to throw tomorrow. And if Joe wins tomorrow, like we expect him to, Ian will go in Game 5 against Gallardo. We've played as a team all year, and we've had total contribution. If he ends up over 228 innings, I'm not going to shorten him up, I'm not going to do that to him.
Q. Can you talk about how important it was for Montero to get going tonight after struggling in Milwaukee. And for Parra, what he needs to do, maybe just relax?
KIRK GIBSON: You guys know we have meetings a lot on how we let go of things that happen to us that aren't what we expect or like or negative things. And Miggy did a great job, actually his last two at bats in Milwaukee he had a good bat off of Hawkins, one that he caught, went off his glove. And then he had a good bat off Axford. We saw that as a good sign. He had a great approach tonight. He stayed up the middle his first two at bats, and drove in some runs. And G, we talked to him tonight, he's getting up there, he's overanxious, he trying too hard. He's young, he's never experienced this. He's just got to go up there and he's got to let go of what's going on so far. It doesn't matter. He doesn't have any hits. He may win the game for us tomorrow. That's what you have to hold on to. He's been great for us all year. He's hit in the mid 290s all year for us. He played exceptional defenses, he did again tonight. We're just looking for a way to win tomorrow. And you've got to believe that you can contribute.
Q. Your young guys, especially Josh and Paul stepping up when you needed them most. Talk about the confidence you have in them and the team has in them going forward.
KIRK GIBSON: They were in there tonight. One was starting pitcher, one was hitting 5th. The way we started out in this spring, with those guys in our camp, they didn't break camp with us, but we tried to lay it out how we were going to approach this and expose them to as much as we could. And then when they both came up we put them right in the fire. And I think organizationally with KT, if you look around, the good ones come fast. And I give Kevin Towers all the credit in the world. He told me about Josh Collmenter last year in the Arizona fall league and like not many scouts would be on this guy. And then this year when he watched him pitch in Spring Training. We have this thing, he says, I'm on him.And when we discussed who's going to start Game 3, KT had a lot of input in it and he was on him. And he was right. So they bought into it and they have great character and they have great composure. It allows them to compete. When you come into the game early in your career you have a lot of ability and maybe not as much knowledge. And as you're here for a while it kind of switches over where you use more knowledge. But those guys have shown a ton of composure and a ton of ability almost against maybe some of the odds that some of the people thought what they could do.
A Postgame Interview with Paul Goldschmidt
Q. A lot of big at bats obviously this year so far coming up in August. But just talk about obviously probably the biggest at bat of your life so far. Talk about what was going through when they walked Miggy to get to you, take us through that at bat?
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT: It's happened plenty of times hitting 5th, and there's been a lot of times I haven't came through, and luckily the time was right today and I was able to get a pitch and drive it.
Q. When that happens, when you see the catcher's hand go up and you know they're going to put it on you, what runs through your mind?
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT: You can't get too excited. In the back of your mind you know you want to get the job done to help the team. Like I said, I've been in that situation plenty of times and failed more than I've succeeded. And luckily tonight was a good night to come through.
Q. You started the season in the minors. Did you have any idea you'd be hitting grand slams in the postseason? What does that feel like to go that transition?
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT: Yeah, I mean obviously it's fun. But basically just being able to help us win the game. If we don't win the game, everyone is in there upset, our season is over.
Right now it's not about me, it's about the team. And really that's how it's been this whole year since I got here. And that's how we got in this situation, and try to keep going.
Q. Josh mentioned that he came in tonight and the team didn't feel like you were down 0 2. Did you feel that way, too? Can you describe what he was talking about, in the clubhouse, did it feel that way?
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT: Obviously we know the situation we're in, but we're a confident team. We've had a lot of come from behind wins this year. We understand it's a big test to come back. But we also realize you can't be out there trying to press and trying to do too much. The team did a good job of just playing the way we've played the whole year. And we've got to keep that attitude going forward.
Q. Of course you're obviously in your home stadium. How much did you guys feed off that crowd tonight?
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT: It was awesome. Almost 50,000 people here cheering for us. We were in Milwaukee and their crowd was loud. But to get home and get the momentum early with a quick first inning and score a couple of runs, it was definitely a huge momentum boost.
Q. Can you talk about what the pitch was, what you were looking for and when you hit it did you think it was out or what was your thoughts?
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT: I mean, I had two strikes, and so just trying to battle. I can't really sit on one pitch. He ended up throwing a fastball. And I'm sure he missed his spot because it ended up down the middle and I was able to get a good part of the bat on it. I knew I hit it well, but Hart was going after it hard. And luckily it was able to get out of here.
Q. Does it affect a hitter when it's a bat without any rhythm, stepping off the mound, the catcher going out there, all that going on?
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT: If you let it affect you, it can affect you. I just kind of kept stepping out. I felt good in there, the whole at B, and I wasn't too aggressive.
But I mean, I've failed in that situation or not gotten a hit or he's made a good pitch. That was a mistake pitch, for sure. If he makes a good pitch we're probably not talking about it and probably got out. And so it just ended up being good timing for us.
Q. You've gone opposite field quite a bit lately, the last several weeks, month. Has your approach changed a little bit? Have you tried to do a little more of that, take pitches that way?
PAUL GOLDSCHMIDT: I mean, I think my approach has stayed fairly the same. I haven't tried to change too much. I just think now I've I guess in the bigger situation, been able to come through. I think it happened some when I was here, and I was just not as consistent. My approach has pretty much stayed the same, but it's just worked out in my favor a few times when the cameras are on.
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A Postgame Interview with Josh Collmenter
Q. Obviously biggest start of your career. Just talk about a little struggle the first inning, 20 pitches and a lot of balls, and you calmed down after that. Talk about that. And secondly about just the success you've had against Milwaukee so far, the three outings.
JOSH COLLMENTER: Yeah, I'm getting in a little jam there in the first. I wasn't going to give in to Braun, and the game plan is to pitch the infielder inside, and I decided to actually use some pitches to Weeks. And I wanted to slow it down and make the pitches I wanted to make and not let them get the momentum that we ended up getting.
And the bottom half of that was some runs. Once I got that, I was able to make pitches, and move it in and out and move the fastball and keep them off balance.
And just pitching here and having some success against Milwaukee and pitching well at home, the fans were incredible. They were great. I think we really fed off of that and I think the more that they got into the game the more we got into the game.
Coming into the game I knew I had success against Milwaukee. I knew if I executed my game plan I could get them out. I didn't have to pitch out of my head. And I think that gave me some confidence to know that if I ever got in the situation with some runners on or got in a jam, I knew I'd pitch out of it by executing pitches against different guys.
Q. You're known as being kind of an unflappable character. Were there butterflies dancing in you before this game, last night when you went up to bat? And what do you think the guys at home in Michigan are thinking?
JOSH COLLMENTER: No, no butterflies. It wasn't until you see the atmosphere and the fans all wearing red with their pom poms and how exciting that was.
Other than that, I just stuck to the same routine, got to the ballpark at the same time, did the normal warmup things, I didn't want to try to put any other pressure on it.
I don't think anyone was thinking we were down 0 2 coming into tonight. They were playing like we were playing at home. Just having that mindset really helped us out.
We were relaxed and the dugout atmosphere was incredible. The guys were rooting for each other and that's the way we were doing it all year.
At home in Michigan, I'm sure there's a lot of lights on at a time they usually aren't because everyone is gathered around the TV. I knew of a few places getting together, and maybe even tailgating the game. So, as special as it is for me here with the fans and teammates and stuff, I'm sure they're eating it up back there at home, as well.
Q. When you envisioned this game, did you envision 7 innings as dominant as you were or did you exceed your own expectations?
JOSH COLLMENTER: I exceeded my expectations a little bit. My goal was to give the team a win. Whatever I had to do just to keep the team in the ballgame and give us a chance to win down the stretch. Or in a situation like this, just pitch deep into the game, save the bullpen, and give the team a chance to turn the ball over to Saunders tomorrow in Game 4.
I wanted to look at myself as a bridge to get to that next game, to give us two here at home and Milwaukee held serve on their end and now it's our turn. And I'm expecting another good game tomorrow, good atmosphere, and it should be a lot of fun.
Q. You weren't the only rookie that had kind of a good game. Paul surprise you?
JOSH COLLMENTER: No, I've seen him play a handful of times and heard about his exploits in the minor leagues through friends that have played with him for a little bit more than I have. And the guy just has ice water in his veins. I said that out there earlier.
He just repeatedly hits, and that's what he does. And I don't think anything phases him. Whoever he's facing, as you can see, they put the stats up all the time about homering off of former Cy Young winners and things like that.
He's walking Miggy to get to him, we like our chances there. He came through big for us. And as much as a single would have worked out there, for him to put the one over the wall, I think it showed people what he's capable of and what he can do.
Q. How much with the two spot right away in the first inning, how much did that help you, just giving you a quick lead?
JOSH COLLMENTER: It's huge, anytime a starting pitcher can get runs early. It really helps calm you down and you don't have to be as fine. You can maybe get away with some pitches and try to challenge guys a little bit more. And knowing that if they put one in the gap or something, it's not the end of the world. As opposed to if it's nothing nothing, going deep into a game you've got to make sure you're not the one to make a mistake.
Those runs, coupled with the fact that I had already done well against Milwaukee and got out of a little jam in the first inning, I think threw all the momentum on our side. Each inning when I went there, I wanted to focus getting the first guy out, making sure to got a quick out and not let them start a rally of any kind.
And that was really my focus going out each inning is getting the first guy, now focus on the rest of your pitches, and get back in the dugout and let the offense go to work again.
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