10/06/11 2:42 AM ET
Postgame interview with Ian Kennedy
By / MLB.com
IAN KENNEDY: I think just using that experience, just like any experience, you learn from it. And you try to build and learn the positive things from it. I've definitely got the first one under my belt. And this one hopefully helps me my next start. And just prepare like any other game, like I did last time. And just know that my preparation will be all right and hopefully the outcome will be different.
Q. [D-backs manager Kirk Gibson] told us today that you had gone into his office every day this week saying hey, I'm prepared to pitch on three days. Were you ready to pitch today? Did you want to pitch today?
IAN KENNEDY: You know, I talked about it with him. I told him I was going to prepare as if I was going to come on the third day after the third day's rest and pitch today. And I really liked how he was just for me, just knowing that I like the ball to be in my hands, but I also know that it's going to be all right in my teammates' hands. It showed that I think Josh threw really well last night. And we just had Collmenter today. And Joe didn't have it today. But he knows that we have a good bullpen behind him. For me, I was preparing as if I was coming back on the short day's rest.
Q. Did you ever have a doubt that there would, in fact, be a Game 5?
IAN KENNEDY: You know, when you're down 0-2 you just know every single game matters. I was willing to do anything, anything possible, just to help out in any possible way. Because as a starter you have that one time and you have to wait another five days, maybe six. I mean, a lot of guys try to come back in four days rest or three days rest, sorry, and I was going to try to help any possible way I can. Luckily, it worked out and we played well here at home.
Postgame interview with Chris Young
Q. Just talk about the feeling, obviously guys down 0 2 and then you jump on Wolf early today and it turned out that second home run was really needed the way this game ended up turning back. Talk about picking up Saunders and the comeback today.
CHRIS YOUNG: Yeah, it was nice. Saunders, I talked about it a little bit earlier, you know, I know on paper it looks like a bad start. But he got into a couple of tough, really tough situations in those first few innings to where a lesser pitcher could have imploded and given in and the next thing you know they have five or six runs instead of three runs.
I give Joe a lot of credit for that. The bullpen came in and did a tremendous job. But our mentality is it's never over. A big hit for Ryan tonight.
But we couldn't just settle for five runs. Milwaukee Brewers, they have a good offense. We know that as a team and we know we have a good team to tack on, even against the best pitchers. They're going to be able to scrap up some runs every now and then. That was our mentality, and so that's why we kept pushing.
Q. Coming back from a 0-2 hole, even though you're headed to Milwaukee, do you feel like this is your guys' series to lose, you have all the momentum right now?
CHRIS YOUNG: Obviously I feel like it's a brand new series. When you're down 0-2 you feel like your back is against the wall and you feel like the pressure is on you. Now we've been able to tie it back up and we have to go back to their house.
So we have to forget about what we did when we were there. But I think take only the good things from this home stand. Try to take the momentum with us and hope that they remember it, as well. And if we're able to jump on Gallardo early, I think it will make a big difference.
Q. Can you take us through the two home run at bats, what were you looking for and what did you get?
CHRIS YOUNG: I was just looking for something up the middle, honestly. In the playoffs your adrenaline is flowing so much you're just trying to hit the ball hard. You're not thinking about homers, you're just thinking about having good at bats and trying to get on base to produce runs. And every now and then you square some up. I think that's what happened to me tonight.
I don't think Ryan was trying to hit a grand slam. The pressure is on him, he has the bases loaded, if he doesn't get it done, the momentum stays with them. I was just trying to stay through the middle of the field and they left a couple of pitches out over the middle for me.
Q. When Gibby changes the batting order, how much explanation does he give you guys?
CHRIS YOUNG: One more time, please?
Q. When Gibby changes the batting order, how much explanation does he give you guys?
CHRIS YOUNG: None (laughter). None at all. You come in and you see the lineup at the same time as everybody else sees the lineup. He doesn't pull you in the office and tells you why he changed it; he just does it. We've had that all year. So we're used to it.
I showed up and saw I was batting 7th. Honestly, it didn't matter to me. You don't get selfish at this point in the season, you just try to do your part and stay positive and be ready when your at bat comes up. Sometimes you'll still come up in big situations no matter where you're hitting.
Q. Are you aware now that you're the all time postseason home run leader for the Diamondbacks?
CHRIS YOUNG: Really? A short history, I guess.
I mean, that's cool. I think Goldy's homer was the first grand slam or something like that. But it's cool. You hold on to that for what it's worth.
But it's been nice. I've been here for quite a few years now. I've been able to experience the ups and downs of this season and actually hang out with guys like Gonzo [Luis Gonzalez] and Matt Williams, and guys from that old team, as well. So I respect that and I take it as a compliment. That's pretty cool.
Q. Obviously you're not trying to get home runs. As a team, you've really beaten them at their own game the last few days.
CHRIS YOUNG: Yeah, it's been cool. That hasn't been our game all year, but at the same time we have a lot of guys in our lineup who can hit home runs.
I don't know if you consider any of us home run hitters, maybe J-Up [Upton]. I don't know if you consider any of us home run hitters, like a Prince Fielder. But we have a lot of guys in our lineup that can hit 20 home runs in a season. And if you just happen to catch us at the right time, at any given moment we can go off like that.
Q. You talked about going back being a new series. What's the key to Gallardo, you mentioned getting to him early. Is that the key or being patient? How do you guys attack him differently than what you did in Game 1?
CHRIS YOUNG: Honestly, I don't know if it's one plan against Gallardo. I don't know if it's one plan against any pitcher. You have to get a feel for the game. Gallardo is not going to pitch us the same way. Even if he tries, he may miss a spot. That's what this game is about, can you execute those pitches. If you miss your spot, can we take advantage of it.
I think every game is separate. He pitched good against us the last time we were there, but that truly has nothing to do with this start. He could miss the spots. We could take advantage. We could get a couple of bloop hits, Goldy could hit another bomb, you never know in this game.
Q. Were there any doubts that either you or Gerardo [Parra] would track down the ball that Corey Hart hit?
CHRIS YOUNG: No, I knew somebody was going to get there. When he hit it, you know, we communicate pretty well out there, just because we've been able to play together so many years.
When I'm running out there and I'm looking into his eyes, his eyes are big. I'm knowing he has a bead on it. So when I look into his eyes and saw that, I kind of backed off a little bit.
The adrenaline is flowing, so you can't hear each other calling it. You have to trust each other from the past experiences of playing with those guys.
Q. You were pretty successful the last time you were in the playoffs also. What about the playoffs energizes you, and does it take your game to a different level?
CHRIS YOUNG: In the playoffs you don't think about mechanics, you don't think about ... I don't ... some people do. I don't think about what a pitcher is going to do. The adrenaline is just flowing. And you have nothing to lose in the playoffs.
You're not worried about your stats, you're not worried if you're 1-for-4 or 4-for-4, because you don't care. The only thing that matters every day is only to win. You can go 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
If you all win, you go in the clubhouse and you'll be happy. You'll be happier than you would in the regular season. Because then you're in the cage after the game trying to figure things out.
It's just a different feel to me. I like playing in situations like this. It's a lot of fun for me, so I just try to live in the moment.
Postgame interview with Kirk Gibson
Q. Can you talk about the decision making process on Saunders. Obviously he's struggling early on, but he still got the lead. You make the decision to pull him and Cowgill comes up with a big hit.
KIRK GIBSON: It was easier because we had a chance to score runs. Didn't like the way Joe was throwing the ball; he was elevating, overthrowing the ball. Didn't see any ground balls. And I had a feeling Milwaukee was not going to give in, which they didn't. We had an opportunity to score some runs, so I took advantage of that.
Q. Back's up against the wall, how impressed are you with the way your team has swung the bat the last two nights?
KIRK GIBSON: Well, we know we're capable of scoring runs. So that was outstanding.
But to keep things in perspective, we haven't accomplished anything yet. We didn't come here to win two games and not win the Series. We have to stay level headed about it.
It was a battle today. I give Milwaukee credit. They didn't go away. It was not easy, believe me. They made us use a ton of pitchers. They kept coming at us.
So we're just going to have to stay level headed about this and we're going back to a very hostile environment. We know what it's like, we've been there the first two games. And we've got our work cut out for us.
Q. Cowgill and Shaw performed well tonight and yesterday Goldy and Collmenter. A lot of rookies, you're putting them in positions to succeed, and most of them are. Can you talk about that a little bit?
KIRK GIBSON: I think it's one of our organizational philosophies from day 1 when we thought about how we were going to approach this. We brought them into the mix, into the environment, tried to get them to understand what our aspirations were, what our goals were and how we were going to approach it.
And I think just overall you try and put people in situations and try to motivate them to believe in themselves and fight through some of the negative things, and maybe some of the labels or stereotypes. The sky's the limit.
And those guys, we obviously have confidence in them. That's why they're in the game. We've brought guys up from Double-A and they were exposed to a very good environment down there, as well. They've got good stuff. They've got good abilities. They're getting a chance to prove that they have the character to utilize their abilities and be a great team player.
Q. You guys have hit four grand slams in four straight home games, the second team in playoff history to hit them back to back. Any explanation for what your players are able to do with bases loaded?
KIRK GIBSON: I'm not sure. The key is to get the bases loaded. I hope we get to come back here and maybe do it for the fifth time.
I think we talked about this a little bit earlier today, when you get people on base, it adds a different element for your opponent, because they have to deal with it. And certainly when the bases are loaded it has a lot of pressure, with two outs. That was big, that hurts.
When you've got bases loaded, we have Parker, we're thinking just make a good pitch, get a double play, get out with one run. Shaw came in and did a great job. Hart hits the ball, Parra runs it down.
The other thing, the 6th inning, we had a really good 6th inning, on the bunt play with Gomez. We had talked about Aaron Hill was going to cover the bag the whole way there tonight. We were going to come in and try to detour the bunt.
For them to trust it and for us to trust it and execute that, it was a tough play. That was a big out. When you get in a situation like that you're just looking at outs, just get outs, just get outs. There's a lot of game left. We're not trying to make a great play and compound our problems like we did in Game 2.
Q. Can you talk about the decision to use Parker in that situation and then evaluate his performance?
KIRK GIBSON: Well, you know, we were up some runs and Daniel Hudson would have been in the bullpen, as well, he was down there in the end of the game. You're just trying to get innings. When Joe Saunders went three innings, Micah gave us two, Shaw give us an inning and two thirds. You just try to get outs. You're trying to save your guys the best you can.
Like in the end we had Ziegler and Paterson and Hudson, the guy we didn't want to use. We had the lead, so we had to do what we were going to do to preserve the lead.
But the Brewers did a great job, kept coming at us. And fortunately we kept tacking on, as well.
But you need a contribution. It was a big stage for him. I think he'll be better because of what he went through tonight. The first hit on Betancourt was a fluke hit. He hits the ball in front of the play and it bounces over Roberts' head. I think it will be instrumental and big if we have to use him again.
Q. Chris Young, the two home runs, how much does he mean to your offense?
KIRK GIBSON: Everybody means everything. I moved him in the lineup today. I told him before the game, he's one of my picks to click. I moved him before and he's responded well to that.
Chris Young has been there for us all year. He'll play every day. He never runs from anything. If he's slumping, he doesn't care. He's hardheaded about it. If he's hurt, he'll say he's not hurt.
He puts himself out there to be able to succeed. He doesn't think about the failures. That was a huge game from him tonight for us.
Q. Looking ahead to Friday against Gallardo, he's had a lot of success against you guys, swinging the bat the way he did today help you guys out at all?
KIRK GIBSON: I haven't thought about it. He's been very good. He's mastered us pretty good. So we're going to have to think about how we approach him. We have to change something different than we have before. Very formidable.
We have Ian Kennedy on the mound for us. As we sat and laid it out, if we can get to Game 5 in their environment with our No. 1 guy against their No. 1 guy, you couldn't ask for anything better.
Q. After the momentum you guys built from the last two days, do you wish you could play Game 5? Are you worried about the off day slowing down the momentum?
KIRK GIBSON: We're not worried about that. We have to absorb this, stay focused. As I said earlier, we didn't come here to win two games and go to Game 5. We got into this round to try to win and advance to the next round and we'll gather our thoughts here.
It was an exciting win today. A good environment we've been in and we need to get ready for our next challenge.
Q. When you pack, do you pack for more than --
KIRK GIBSON: We pack for five days. If we win, we'll go right to wherever we have to go.
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