Here's what Indians manager Terry Francona said after the Indians beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in 11 innings Wednesday night in Rogers Centre in Toronto.
Are those the types of at-bats you envisioned for Reynolds: “That was a nice way to … That’s what he has. He’s going to miss sometimes, but when he does that it’s a game-changer and it was tonight.”
Is that why he’s down in the lineup: “That’s the idea. He’s sitting down there, we’ve got Lonnie behind him, that’s what he can do, he can change the game with one swing.”
Is tonight an example why you live with his strikeouts: “Yeah, you just be patient and let him swing because he’s going to run into something. Hopefully he runs into a lot.”
On Ubaldo Jimenez: “I thought he was outstanding. His secondary stuff, his direction to the plate, down. He left the ball over the plate to Izturis. His off-speed, his change-up, his breaking ball, especially his change-up was really good.”
Fact he ran into trouble and got out: “Our defense is playing really well, turning big double plays. They’re alert on their positioning. We played a good game. We just faced two really good pitchers. We didn’t knock it all over the ballpark, but we played a really good game.”
Ubaldo’s 10-pitch at-bat to Reyes, threw all breaking balls: “He threw a lot of off-speed. That’s an heckvan at-bat. That’s exactly what you start thinking about when you get deep into a pitch count.”
Perez giving up home run to Bautista: “He threw a first-pitch breaking ball, really had him fooled, tried to sneak a fastball in and didn’t get it. You can throw into him and it almost has to hit him. He’s such a good hitter, keeps his hands inside so well. If he wasn’t on the other team, he’s fun to watch.”
The bullpen: “These are loseable games. You’re tied up in the ninth, you’re on the road, you’re one pitch away from going home. Cody (Allen) was next, but everybody has the ability. We talked about that in spring training. Joe Smith gets the save, Albers pitching, that’s the way the bullpen is set up.”
On Michael Brantley: “He could hit anywhere. In spring training he started off the first couple at-bats and he was all over everything. Then he got the cut to his elbow, he kinda worked back into it. There’s not a lot going on with his swing. It’s kind of simple, so he can repeat it.
“He could hit anywhere. But the way he’s swinging the bat, when Kipnis and Swish get going, that’s a good spot for him.”