Q. What's the most satisfying part of the victory besides the victory? What pleases you more?
DON MATTINGLY: It's really the win. That's what you show up for here today. There's really nothing we're trying to do but that.
Q. The game seemed to change when Capuano came in and started shutting down the Braves. Can you talk about that?
DON MATTINGLY: Obviously, Cappie (Capuano) is really good for us, right on time. A lot of stuff happened early. By the time we got to him it felt like it was a long game already at that point. I think, what is it? It's the 4‑2, and then by the time we get to him, it's like we just need to settle the game down. He gave us those three innings there to kind of get us to the back end of the bullpen. So he kind of basically just put the game in order.
Q. Did Ryu just have trouble settling in, or is there something going on with him physically?
DON MATTINGLY: It seemed like he had trouble getting settled in. And tonight was one of those nights, usually with him there is more swing and miss. And there was really no swing and miss tonight. His velocity was okay. It seemed like he touched 93, and we've seen him starting out at 90, 91 which is pretty normal for him. He just didn't seem to have that same finish and be able to locate. So, you know, it was just one of those rough nights.
He had a chance to get out of the one inning with a double‑play and he missed his first. Then we have the play down the line that we just take the out at first base. We try to go home, and we end up getting out of that. But it just seemed like he was a little out of sorts tonight. Just got going a little too fast.
Q. So it's not a physical thing?
DON MATTINGLY: He was fine. There was no restrictions on him tonight. Obviously, he threw a couple of ‑‑ his pitch counts were up there pretty good in the first couple innings. If there had been anything physically wrong, we wouldn't have let him pitch today.
Q. 13 runs on 14 hits, what's that do for the overall confidence of the club and your thoughts on Ricky going tomorrow?
DON MATTINGLY: I don't think the hits make any difference. It's what we talked about the first question, it's get a win. So there are no moral victories. You don't get to add total points together or anything like that. So it's one win, it's over at this point. We get a chance to close the door tomorrow.
Q. If Ryu doesn't have any physical problem, does he have any second chance for the Postseason?
DON MATTINGLY: A second chance?
Q. In the Postseason, yeah.
DON MATTINGLY: We hope. We hope. You know, if we can win ‑‑ put another win on the board, then he gets another opportunity. We don't turn our back on guys that have had great seasons for us after one game. So, yeah, he's part of what we do.
Q. Any particular significance to winning today and taking any debate about whether you're going to bring Kershaw back on short knowing you can bring him in with full rest now?
DON MATTINGLY: The biggest thing was getting the win today. That's kind of been the plan the whole time is kind of win every day. I'd like to be able to close us out tomorrow. I didn't know there was any debate, really. Lot of questions, right? You never know what happens. Twists and turns of this game.
Q. Coming in, even you didn't know how Hanley's back would react, second straight big game from him. How refreshing has it been to have him be himself so far through three games?
DON MATTINGLY: It's nice. I mean, him and Adrian together is a real force. Carl swings the bat great. That's a huge home run he hits for us. They were swinging the bats good early. Carl's hitting, he makes a great play. But then you get Hanley and Adrian there, and you start putting some guys with them. Yasiel had a big game tonight.
Hanley, I've been talking about him all year long just how good I feel like he is. I'm glad, again, when we were going down the stretch and he was wanting to play some of those games and we were trying to hold him off.
I just kept telling him, I want the whole world to see you. I want the whole world to see how good you are. And that's been, I want him to show everybody how good he is. And it's been good so far.
Q. Those first four inns were a roller coaster. Did it feel like the first team to settle down was going to be the one to kind of pull away?
DON MATTINGLY: Not really. It was funny today. Kenley was watching one of the football games and he was like this is a boring game. It's 3‑3. I said you're probably one of those guy that's don't like the 1‑0 game, right? You probably like a 12‑9 game. So it ended up being one of those kind of games early.
But it felt like you just don't know what's going to happen with that game, because Cappie (Capuano) comes in and he hasn't pitched in a while. He's rough or something, that thing just turns into just mix and match, and guys are going to have to do things they haven't been asked to do.
Cappie was the key to settling that game down.
Q. I know you have Game 4 tomorrow, but just I want to ask you if you're going to be next season, you don't think you'll change the pitching rotation?
DON MATTINGLY: Are you talking about Hyun‑Jin, changing the rotation?
DON MATTINGLY: Everything depends on how you put it together on rest and time, and if we can, again, we still need to win a game. We don't know how we get that, and we don't know where that takes us. So with rest and things like that. So the rotation could go all different directions if we're able to do something.
Q. Uribe's obviously loved by all his teammates. What was the reaction like in the dugout when that ball went over the fence?
DON MATTINGLY: It was nice. At that point, more runs, so obviously everybody's excited. Papi has a flair for the playoffs it seems like. He gets a lot of big hits.
Oct. 6 Hyun-Jin Ryu postgame interview
Q. The earlier part of the game today, we were wondering if it was just nervousness, anxiety? There were also some words going around about a possible injury. Can you talk about that?
HYUN‑JIN RYU: There was absolutely no injury whatsoever; and, of course, there was anxiety and I was a little bit nervous taking the mound.
But I think in the earlier part of the game when I had the count going my way, I think I should have honed in and focused a little more. I think that's the mistakes that I made.
Q. We've noticed that you used your changeup and your fastball combination a lot more than usual today. Was there a reason for that?
HYUN‑JIN RYU: Yes, I was leaning more towards my fastball and changeup. I felt more confident and more comfortable with it today. But obviously, that plan didn't work because I gave up a lot of hits and a lot of runs early in the game. But, yeah, I think I did use those two pitches more often today.
Q. How did this compare to pitching in the World Baseball Classic and the Olympics?
HYUN‑JIN RYU: Yeah, I felt a little more anxious than compared to those games. Today was a little bit more intense. I just feel it's really unfortunate that in front of our fans I wasn't able to perform at a better level. If I get a chance to play again here or pitch again here at Dodgers Stadium, I'll be sure to perform better.
Q. There were some defensive mishaps in the bottom of the third inning on your end. Could you please talk about that?
HYUN‑JIN RYU: Yeah, both incidents in the bottom of the third were completely my fault. Me covering first base, I just rushed and I missed the bag. The next play throwing, I tossed it to home. Just a thoughtless mistake there. I'm going to make sure those things don't happen again.
Q. Going back to the injury reports two days before your start, you threw a bullpen. There were a lot of reports about a possible injury. If you weren't injured, was that at least a distraction to you in preparing for today's game?
HYUN‑JIN RYU: No, none whatsoever. I was fully confident that my body was fine. I know myself better than anyone else if I'm not hurt. Doesn't matter what people say. I'm not hurt, so it wasn't a distraction at all.
Q. I've covered you as a player for a very long time, and I think out of every game I saw you play in you showed the most emotion today. Can you talk about what this game meant to you and why there were so many emotions during this game?
HYUN‑JIN RYU: Yeah, that might be true. I just had a lot of disappointing things happen to me in today's game. That's why different negative emotions came out. I'll certainly use this as an opportunity to make sure my next starts these things don't happen again, and I'll just take it as a learning lesson.
Oct. 6 Carl Crawford postgame interview
Q. I know you were very disappointed at your production at the plate in Game 2. So this more than made up for it. This is one of those dream nights for you, wasn't it?
CARL CRAWFORD: Yeah, pretty much. I had a good night at the plate. You know, drove in some runs, struggled in Game 2.
So it was nice to be able to come back and bounce back and have a strong outing tonight.
Q. The Dodgers had a pretty good lead and when you went for that foul ball and found the stands, were you thinking you didn't need to do that or you wanted to win?
CARL CRAWFORD: I honestly didn't think the ball was going to the stands. It kept floating, it seemed like. I didn't see the wall coming. Next thing you know, I felt my feet coming from up under me, and I felt myself flipping over. So good thing is I held on to the ball. So that's all that matters.
Q. What do you think about the way you've seen Hanley? I know you've seen it all season, but he seems to have kicked it even into another gear for the playoffs. Can you talk about that?
CARL CRAWFORD: Yeah, he's been getting clutch hits for us all year, getting big hits for us and playing extremely well. So it's been a joy to watch him play. You know, it's even more impressive to see him do it during the playoffs. So I just hope he keeps it up and we can ride his coattail all the way to the World Series.
Q. Talk about the emotion of the team and coming back home after a road loss, just coming back with a business‑like attitude? I heard a lot of discussion before the game that you guys were very focused and just very business-like. So talk about the emotion of coming back home to play in front of the home crowd here?
CARL CRAWFORD: Well, we lost that game 4‑3, a close game. Guys were unhappy with the way they played, so we wanted to get back to playing the way we did the first game. We knew it was going to be at home in front of our home crowd, and we were going to have some extra energy for that.
So, like you said, we just wanted it to be businesslike, and come out and take care of business. Hopefully we can like wrap it up while we're here at home.
Q. Where does that home run rank for you?
CARL CRAWFORD: That's, you know, all playoff home runs are big for me. That's definitely a big one for me to take the lead right there and get the team some momentum going into the rest of the game. It was huge for us. That was at a point in the game where we could have fell back and gotten into a big hole. It was good to hit that home run right there.
Q. How's your back feeling after taking that tumble into the stands there?
CARL CRAWFORD: I'm on all kinds of medication right now, so I won't feel it until tomorrow. I'll have an answer for you by tomorrow (laughing).
Q. What was the pitch you hit for the homer?
CARL CRAWFORD: I think it was a slider. If I can remember correctly, I think it was a slider I hit out.
Q. Is that what you were looking for?
CARL CRAWFORD: No, I wasn't looking for it, just trying to get a base hit. I'm always looking for a fastball, so I was able to make the adjustment to it and hit it out the park.
Oct. 6 Hanley Ramirez postgame interview
Q. Your first time in Postseason play. Why are you having so much success at the plate? You talked about how much fun you're having as well?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: I just try to keep everything the same at the plate and on the field. I don't try to do too much and just let things happen. That's been the key all year.
Q. Talk about the mindset. You guys fall down early and then you gain the lead, then they catch you again. What is the mindset in the dugout with regard to the offense maintaining the type of production that you have all season?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: We've been doing it all year long. It happened a couple times during the season, the beginning of the game we were down and we knew we could come back any time.
I just tried to keep everybody in the game and letting everybody know we can win this game. I think we did pretty good tonight.
Q. You're one game away from moving on to the next series, and you have never even been in the playoffs before. What is this like for you?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: It's an unbelievable feeling, just the energy around you, in the dugout, on the field, the crowd, playing in front of our crowd. I knew that it was going to be crazy tonight, and you've got to thank the fans for bringing that energy from the beginning ‑‑ from the first inning all the way to the end of the game.
Q. You started your career with a lot of success. Won a batting title at a young age and then had you some injuries. Do you look at this Postseason as a chance to show everybody you are again one of the best players in baseball?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: I knew what I was going through the last two years after that big surgery on my left shoulder. I wasn't feeling the same. So I knew that I've got to put extra work on my shoulder to get back on track.
After I got here, the medical staff, man, they've been unbelievable. I think they're part of my success, you know? I think I wouldn't be where I am right now without them. And my teammates, you know, they show me a lot of support all year long. I really appreciate that. You don't go anywhere without your teammates and whoever is around you.
Q. On your triple, that was the type of ball that it seems like typically you settle for a double stand into second base. Were you feeling physically better today when you were rounding second base and going all out to third?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: The treatment I get here every day early to get my treatment. I work on my back, my hamstring to get going. I think those guys ‑‑ those trainers, they're keeping me on the field. I've been feeling great. What Donnie did at the end of the season or the regular season, gave me those days off helped me a lot.
Q. Similar question, regarding the pain you've played through this year, what parts of your body are hurting right now?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: That's a secret (laughing). I don't try to think about that right now. We're going to finish what we start. We can't stop right now. We've got to stay positive. We've been doing that all year. That is one of the good things that we have. We always stay positive, and everybody's happy around the clubhouse. Lots of good vibes.
Q. How have you spent October the past seven or eight years? What have you done? Have you gone home? What have you done? Also, when you feel like this at the plate and you look this good and feel this good, what is going on in your head? What feels good physically and mechanically? What is happening that allows the results?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: I don't remember, just have the season. Go back home and watch the playoffs with my family. I remember telling them last year that I want to be there. It's a different feeling. You know, the fans, the energy, it's unbelievable. It makes you pumped.
My family got me back and said, next year you're going to be there, and they were right. We're here now.
At the plate, right now I'm not thinking. I'm just looking at the ball and hit it, whatever the pitch is. It's an unbelievable feeling when it's just less thinking, just produce. Go out there and have fun and play hard.
Q. 13 runs on 14 hits, what's that do for the confidence of your team and you personally get a couple of clutch hits to day. Was it as much fun as it looked like you were having?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: I don't like to talk about myself. I think it's 25 guys out there that we come here every day and we put in hard work on the field. Everything I do I do for my team and for the city. You know, when I see a big smile from my teammates and my fans, that makes me happy.
Q. What about the confidence of the on team overall?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: It's great. I felt like after that tough loss in Atlanta, we knew we had to come back in and play in front of our crowd. It was going to be unbelievable. You know, just we've got another game tomorrow.
Q. On those games that you weren't playing down the stretch, Don Mattingly was telling I want the world to see your talent. Were you still fighting him on trying to play those games, or did you understand?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: You know, I want to play every day. But at the same time I knew that he was doing the best for me for me to be ready to go for the playoffs. He played this game and he knows what he's doing. That's great when you have a manager like that. That makes you keep doing your best every day, every inning, every out, every pitch.
Q. You're batting .538; you've already tied a Dodgers record for extra base hits in a series. If you weren't hurt, what were your numbers look like if you weren't playing good right now?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: You know, everything happens for a reason. So I'm just really happy we're here to be part of this great organization that I have a lot of history. We just got one come and go; and everybody knows what it is, and that's what we're here for. We don't think about personal stats or nothing like that.
Q. When you were talking a moment ago about not feeling right for the last two years going through what you went through, was there a time or times it crossed your mind where you might never get back to where you were before? How did you deal with those thoughts?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: Oh, yeah, it was tough. It was really tough. I don't want to remember those moments the last two years. It was awful. I think mentally it was really tough for me.
But I've got my family, and I've got my teammates. When I got here, they changed everything around me and in my mind. From the first day, Donnie, I remember when I got to St. Louis and when I walked into his office, he just told me just be you. We've got 24 more guys out there that come here every day and play hard and have fun. I want you to be the same. Since day one, I think it's what I've been trying to do every day.
Q. You shared with me how much you wanted to win the division in front of the fans. You didn't get a chance to do that. What would it mean to win it for the fans tomorrow?
HANLEY RAMIREZ: It would be great. We can spend some time with the fans, but we have to win the game first and then we can decide what's going to happen.
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