Orioles and Yankees postgame quotes after Game 4 of the ALDS

October 12, 2012|By Dan Connolly | The Baltimore Sun

Here are some quotes after the Orioles’ 2-1 win in 13 innings over the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League Division Series:

Joe Saunders on the extra-inning win: “This team has been doing that the whole year. Ever since I’ve come over here we’ve been scratching out extra-inning victories and that happened tonight. It was a good win. We needed it so we could play tomorrow. We’ve got a tough task ahead of us. And hopefully we can pull a victory tomorrow.”

Saunders on pitching well in a do-or-die game again: “I just told myself, ‘Hey, just try to minimize the walks.’ I think I walked way too many guys more than I wanted to but we got some big outs there and wanted to go deeper in the game, but it didn’t work out that way. I just told myself, “Hey, let’s not have a repeat of what happened in 09, when I had the last game here (with the Los Angeles Angels), and lost in Game 6 of the ALCS in 2009. I didn’t want to end the season again for me and the team.”

Saunders on feeling the pressure: “You do. It’s pressure, anxiety. But you’ve got to battle through it. Like I’ve been telling myself all along, you’ve just go to stay yourself, can’t try to do too much. And go out there and battle your tail off. I did that tonight.”

Saunders on Nate McLouth’s great catch and double play in the fifth: “McLouth’s double play was just kind of how I had written it up. It was a 395-foot fly ball that we doubled up the guy. But, hey, in this game at this time, outs are outs and you’ll take them anyway you can.”

Jim Johnson on wanting the ball after blowing the Game 3 save: “Yeah, it was the same response from Game 1 to Game 2. You want the ball right away. You want to be able to come back right away for your teammates. And, obviously, that’s the way this game usually works out, just like that.”

Johnson on often winning in extra innings: “With all these extra inning games, all these close games, obviously it’s fitting with the type of games we have played all year. I think that gives us good practice so when we get to this point in the season. Because we have been there, we’ve had, not necessarily playoff experience, but we’ve been in these types of games and we can draw on those types of experiences to help us now.”

Johnson on going to Game 5 with the Yankees: “I think we kind of were expecting that. That’s how things have always worked out this year. It seems like we play better when our backs against the wall and we’re not supposed to win. This guy’s got bad numbers. It’s just the way things work out. This team is resilient and I wouldn’t expect it any other way.”

Johnson on dealing with bad outings: “It bothers you for a little bit because that’s human nature. … I am never going to beat up myself too bad because I know I’ve put the effort forward, I’ve put the work in. Everything I’ve put into it, I left it all out there. So I can’t be upset if I make a bad pitch because I’ve done everything I can except for maybe I’ve made a mistake. So I can’t beat myself up for mistakes, I mean nobody’s perfect. So you trust everything that you do. And then the next day you come back out and trust yourself again.”

Manny Machado on his key double and the team’s struggling bats: “It was huge, huge for the team. We scuffled with the bats today and we just needed something to get the bats going and get the momentum back up.  It’s been tough. We had our ups and downs, but we faced some great pitchers this postseason, every day. So, we just got to be patient and keep doing what we’re doing.”

Jim Thome on the team’s attitude: “The key is to never lose that good feeling. And I don’t think our club ever has. The key for us is when we have a night like last night to come back and get a big win like we did. So we will see. Roll the dice, see where we’re at.”

Thome on Machado’s success: “It’s really, really cool to see. I think the great thing in baseball has been to see the young guys come up and experience not only postseason but (to do it in their) first three months of their season. And to get this opportunity it will build their careers as they go forward. And it’s kind of cool as a veteran to see it and watch it for sure.”

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