10/04/2002 00:52 am ET
Giants post-game quotes
Dusty Baker, Giants manager
Are you surprised Javy Lopez was a
success in the postseason after a subpar regular
Not really. Javy's
generally had pretty a good postseason. The
games that he's missed he's still strong. And, you
know, swinging like he's in mid-season versus at
the end of the season. So he's swinging the bat
great, I mean he hit one out and he blooped one in
there to start a rally for them. So, no, not really.
Even though you'd rather be 2-0, how
important is it to go home even, 1-1?
It's very important. It's a
lot better than being 0-2. We're going home were
we play well. We know that they play well here, as
well as on the road, but these Braves are awfully
tough to beat at home, so here at home. So we
were hoping for two, but we are satisfied with one.
What was the difference in what Kirk (Rueter)
had tonight, as compared to the consistency that
he had been showing in the regular season?
It appeared they had a
pretty good game plan against Kirk. Earlier in the
first go-around, it looked like they were taking the
first pitch. Vinny Castilla and those guys, they
came up swinging at the first pitch so they sort of
changed their game plan in the middle and Kirk
got some balls up, but the ball Javy hit, you know,
was a pretty good pitch but it looked like his ball
was not sinking as much as usual, and there were
a couple of balls that even were cutting. I looked
up on the board and he was throwing 87, 88 miles
an hour, which is almost too hard for Kirk. So he
might have been, you know, a little overamped
early, and was throwing the ball really almost too
hard, to sink for him.
Your bullpen performed well tonight.
Are you happy with that?
Yes, I'm happy with that.
So did theirs. These are two -- the two premiere
bullpens in the League, and any time you get in
their bullpen or our bullpen, usually you don't get a
whole bunch of runs. So I'm very happy with the
way our bullpen performed tonight. When they
came in, you know, they had a pretty big lead
when they came in, so it made it a little tough on
our offense at that time.
Even though it didn't make a difference
in the outcome, do you think it was important to
score off of Smoltz for the future of the series?
Oh, I think so. Not only to
score off John Smoltz, but also for Barry to hit a
monster home run in the playoffs. Hopefully this
will get him going and us going. He and Barry
have had some tremendous matchups and
hook-ups in the past. Barry swung the bat well
against Smoltz, and any time you can score of a
guy with the quality of Smoltz, it's definitely
Have you been surprised they pitched
to Bonds so consistently?
Not really. This is a
quality pitching staff. You know they have had
some pretty good success, some of the guy,
against Barry, and some of them haven't, but they
have pitched to them. They are throwing him quite
a few fastballs inside and up. So I was glad to see
Barry catch up to one of those fastballs inside.
Do you think the fact that he got that
home run will affect the fact whether they continue
to pitch to him?
Probably not. They will
stay with their game plan. We have tough Greg
Maddux coming up. It all depends on the
situation. If it's a situation where they can walk
him, they probably will. If there's a situation that
calls them to pitch to him, they probably will do
that, too. It's just a matter of the score, the inning,
you know, who is on base and everything goes into
the equation, whether we pitch to him or not. Then
the score, you know, that's a big factor in this.