Q. You made a lot of moves tonight that seemed to work out exactly the way you wanted it to do, the pinch hitter, the change in the infield defense. Can you talk a little bit about that? Last night you guy his some bad luck, and tonight it seemed like everything went your way?
MIKE MATHENY: Well, we just had some good players put into position to do what they do, and they did it well tonight. We have some guys that are prepared to come off the bench and take big at‑bats, and sometimes I think teams may overlook a Shane Robinson and what he can bring to the plate. But no real secret with Pete Kozma. We've done that a lot on nights when he doesn't start. Tried to figure out ways to get him in the game and help us out defensively if we have a lead. He came in ready.
So you definitely acknowledge and tip your hat to the guys that, when it's not their night to start, that they're ready to go when they get the opportunity.
Q. With Freese, are you hoping can you have him tomorrow?
MIKE MATHENY: No, Freese is fine. That was a defensive move. So he felt pretty good today. But we are conscious to make sure that everything still looks good, and right now everything does.
Q. With the 3‑1 lead, but having Greinke and Kershaw the next two games, does it keep people maybe a little more grounded than to get too confident?
MIKE MATHENY: Right now we've got no problem celebrating this one. Every one of these in the postseason are so tough to come by. We really don't get too much beyond what we have tomorrow and realize that we have to go out and play a good game. We've got to have the solid pitching and play a clean defense, a great move forward in that department tonight, much more characteristic of our club. We just go out and get ready for tomorrow's game.
Q. How much does your catching experience and background come into play in terms of determining how long to go with a guy like Lynn on a night like this?
MIKE MATHENY: I think, hopefully I've learned a lot from everybody I've been able to be around. My time as a catcher, I believe, can be used as an asset. But not nearly as powerful as the staff that I've put together. I lean on them a lot. We talk about what we saw. Our pitching coach, Derek Lilliquist, has a great sense. In my mind, we have one of the best on‑field managers you can have and Yadier Molina behind the plate constantly in conversation of what he sees and keeping him up to speed on what we're thinking of doing and getting feedback from how he sees the life out there.
But besides that, we're able to bring in some talented kids that can make a decision look good because they come in and do their thing.
Q. On the pickoff play on Punto, is it Yadier? Is it Kozma? Is it daylight for the pitcher? Tell us how that came about?
MIKE MATHENY: Yeah, that was unbelievable. That's instigated by Kozma, so great head‑up play by him. Then it has to be natural instincts and athleticism by Carlos Martinez, and I don't know many guys that pull that off. He has such athletic moves. He's quick in everything he does. Then to have the guts to wheel and let it fly like that in a game like we have right now, it's off the charts.
Q. Does this game kind of underscore what you've always talked about in terms of this club's resilience? You had a difficult performance last night and then come back?
MIKE MATHENY: Yeah, we talk about that a lot and take a lot of pride in being able to learn from the rough ones. You're going to have them. We're not going to sit and sulk in them though. We're going to improve from them and then come back out with a vengeance to prove something different.
I think the guys have been very consistent with taking those games and putting them behind them and having an edge of I'm going to prove the kind of player I am and the kind of team we are. I think they showed that once again today.
Q. What did you see from Lynn? What were your thoughts on his performance tonight?
MIKE MATHENY: They did a good job. I thought he even got better as he went. I'd say a real gutsy performance with a lot of heart. He got himself in trouble a couple times. Wasn't afraid to make tough pitches in tough situations and put people in scoring position to get to a spot that he wanted to be. Then he made the pitches he had to. He had a good rhythm going, and he used his defense effectively.
Q. You are obviously in a wonderful position right now, 3‑1. But you also know baseball history, 3‑1s are not a guarantee to win. What is your attitude right now? What do you tell your players? Do you make sure they don't get too up after this great win?
MIKE MATHENY: We certainly don't talk about wonderful positions. What we talk about is we've got a game to play tomorrow. We've got a huge responsibility to go out and play it the right way, to take a lot of the positive that we had in our clubhouse and on our bench and out on the field that we saw today and continue that.
Hopefully we can throw some offense together like we were today a little bit and keep some positive thoughts going. Hopefully just execute, not get too far ahead of ourselves. When we start talking about where the series is, I think it's a distraction. What we've got to do is play a game.
Q. Could you walk us through the fourth inning with Lance? It seemed like that was a speed bump. The pitch to Puig got everybody revved up and the inning slowed down at that point. From what you saw could you talk about how he handled that situation?
MIKE MATHENY: Well, we had men on first and second, so we've got emotions high. If guys didn't have emotions at a high level right now, they probably shouldn't be playing. Now it's just a matter of how we can control. Lance did a nice job as the crowd got into it at that point of getting back and just pitching. He got himself into a little bit of trouble, but he was able to gather himself and keep us with the opportunity to hold the lead.
But he's an intense guy, and I think that's something that he's fought probably more in the past than he's doing right now. He's able to control himself and get back to making pitches, and Yadier did a nice job of getting him back into a good spot.
Q. Can you expand a little bit on what Carlos Martinez gave you today and throughout the playoffs?
MIKE MATHENY: Well, we asked a little bit more of him today. We got into a position in the game where we were kind of in between, and he's done such a nice job for us in the 8th inning. But today we got to a point where we had a couple right‑handers and a tough lefty in the middle when we were stuck in a spot. We needed to come in with our best, and Carlos has been very good. He's been efficient enough to get to the first one, and we let him ride to the second, got us out to the point where we could get the ball to our closer.
He's been pretty resilient. Hopefully tomorrow he'll feel okay. He didn't make too many pitches. But just the way this kid has handled anything we've given him, I think everybody in baseball is stopping to notice him.
Oct. 14 Holliday, Lynn, Martinez postgame interview
Q. Matt, what is the team feeling like right now? You guys are on the verge of getting to another World Series. Have you had a chance to gauge the emotions yet of the team?
MATT HOLLIDAY: Honestly, I think the team will look at it very narrow minded that we've got to come out and try to win a game tomorrow, and we can't get ahead of ourselves. This team that we're playing against is way too good to think that for some reason it's not going to be a very tough task to get one more win.
I think as a group, while you're excited about the victory, we've quickly got to turn the page for a day game tomorrow against an extremely tough pitcher and try to win that one.
Q. Matt, could you take us through your at‑bat where you hit the homer?
MATT HOLLIDAY: Well, it didn't really last long, threw the at‑bat. It was one pitch, middle‑in, and I got the barrel to it. He had pitched me in the at‑bat before and I popped up. So I had an idea that he might try to come in, and I wanted to try to get the bat head a little bit further out front, and I was able to do that.
Q. Could Carlos take us through that pickoff play? And when is the last time you actually picked somebody off at second base?
CARLOS MARTINEZ: I felt relaxed in the game, and thank God I was able to focus on that play and focus on the game that allowed me to pick off Punto.
Q. When was the last time?
CARLOS MARTINEZ: Last year.
Q. Have you ever hit one further than that in BP? And what does that do for you having been 0 for 14 before that at‑bat? How does it change things for you?
MATT HOLLIDAY: I think I hit one here at Dodger Stadium in '06. I think that they said went a lot further. I don't know what the number was today. Yeah, I got it good. Have I hit further ones? Maybe, but not in that kind of situation.
As far as being 0 for 14, I don't look at it like that. If you're constantly as a hitter just looking at the results, it's frustrating. It's a terribly frustrating skill. The way I've looked at it, I've actually had good at‑bats, I feel good. My swing feel goods. I've hit some line drives right at people. I've hit some hardballs that were just outs. And I feel like I've swung at pitches that I want to swing at.
I'm one of those guys, or at least try to be, where I look at sort of the process and not necessarily always the result, especially with hitting, because there are so many variables that go into it.
Yeah, I'd love to get a hit every time; and getting hits is a lot more fun. But I feel like I've been swinging the bat pretty well.
Q. How do you feel with the responsibility of having two innings and that the manager gave you two innings?
CARLOS MARTINEZ: Thank God I've been able to maintain that presence and maintain the focus to carry out that responsibility.
Q. After a rough night for the team last night and some of the struggles to score by both sides, what did it mean to the team and to you to get those three quick early runs particularly on the bomb by Matt?
LANCE LYNN: It's a good feeling. I felt like I was throwing the ball pretty well; and to get three runs right there gives you a little bit of breathing room to where you don't have to try to make a perfect pitch every time maybe. So I was able to relax a little bit. But they got after me in the fourth, but after that I was able to make some pitches.
Q. Lance, it seemed like in the first three innings you found a pretty good rhythm and dealt with stuff pretty good. The fourth inning seemed to get a little bit complicated, especially after the first pitch to Puig. If you could take us through that inning? A lot of people expected intent on the first pitch. Just talk about that, if you don't mind.
LANCE LYNN: I faced Gonzalez, who had the at‑bat before I was able to get him out in, and I left that breaking ball for the double, got Ethier in a situation to get him out, and then I walked him on three straight balls, still walked him. When you have nobody out and runners on first and second, you're definitely not trying to hit anyone or throw the ball up and in to give a situation to load the bases. So there was definitely no intent there.
Q. In terms of just getting over that inning and getting out of that inning and obviously keeping the game in order beyond that?
LANCE LYNN: I was able to make some pitches after that. Puig was able to get one up the middle. Then after that, Ellis put a pretty good swing on the ball, and I was able to get Skip there rolling into a double‑play, and that was big, especially that it was just one out and first and third right there.
Q. Carlos, after so many times up‑and‑down between St. Louis and Memphis during the season, did you have any idea you'd be playing on this kind of stage in October?
CARLOS MARTINEZ: Yes, I always thought I would be at this position at this level, and thank God I was able to maintain my focus going down and coming back up and maintain the faith of the manager.
Q. How surprising was it to see Robinson hitting the homer?
MATT HOLLIDAY: It's always a tough task, especially for a pinch hit tore come in and hit a home run, is huge, but especially in that situation. But for Shane being a little guy, he's got pretty good power. He's surprisingly got pretty good thump.
Yeah, it was a huge lift and maybe somewhat surprising. But having a chance to watch him play and knowing that he's got a little bit of ‑‑ he's got that potential in his bat.
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