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Selected Francona, Swisher and Masterson from Indians postgame quotes

By Stephanie Storm Published: April 12, 2013

Indians post game quotes following the Tribe’s 1-0 victory over Chicago Friday night:

Indians Manager Terry Francona

On starting pitcher Justin Masterson – the 1st 3-game winner in the big leagues:

“I can say all you want me to say about (Masterson).  He threw an obscene amount of strikes. His two-seamer had some depth to it, a lot of depth to it. The four-seamer had some ride and life. His breaking ball is very good. And he’s attacking the zone. He’s quick to the plate when a runner gets on. It was fun to watch.”

More on Masterson:

“Late, he reached back for a little more. I think just by the fact that we allowed him to face (Chicago slugger Adam) Dunn in that situation shows how much confidence (we have in him). Because we have complete confidence in our bullpen as everybody knows. I just thought he deserved to pitch there.”

On sending Masterson back out to pitch the 9th inning with 100 pitches:

“No. He had an extra day (due to back-to-back rain outs versus the Yankees). I think you’re pitching let’s you know whether you’re struggling or not and he looked like he was pretty good.”

On Chicago starter Jose Quintana, who pitched a season-high seven innings (giving up just one hit, while striking out seven):

“He’s got the little cutter into righties and then he was really commanding arm-side with his fastball. Then he started to get comfortable and flipping up that breaking ball on hitter’s counts. He pitched a really good game.”

On Nick Swisher’s game-winning bloop single down shallow RF line:

“I didn’t care where that ball landed. As long as it landed fair, I didn’t care where it went.”

On walk-off win:

“However we win is good. As long as we’re shaking hands and they’re playing music. But that was a good win. We’d sat for a couple days and we got beat around (in the Yankee series) a little bit before that. We didn’t do much tonight offensively, but Masty was so good, our defense was very good and we won. We showed up for it today.”

What has Masterson changed from last year to command the strike zone better?

“I know what happened last year. But whenever I’ve seen Masty in a Cleveland uniform, whenever we faced him, it was 95 and with some ride. Right now though, he’s just on everything and it’s for strikes. He’s able to elevate, down has a tremendous depth to it. And his breaking ball, he’s in a really good zone with  that right now.”

Indians first baseman Nick Swisher:  

On game-winning hit:

“I was just able to get a fastball on the plate. In a situation like that, it felt like it was 20 degrees tonight, so you’re not really trying to do too much. Especially in a spot like that, it would have been a shame for us not to go out and give Masty that win that he deserved.”

On first mob scene in Indians uniform after game-winning hit:

“I ended up in right field. I don’t how that happened. But either way, such a great team win, especially with how the last couple games have gone for us…and let’s be honest, you one was doing much of nothing for us tonight (offensively) with two great pitchers going (against each other). But for us to pull that win off, like they say, it’s all about winning the game.”

On what made Quintana so tough to face:

“Really locating his fastball, it was the first time I’d seen him in a starting role. He was using that backdoor cutter and changeup effectively, also using his breaking ball as well. Really mixing and matching. Him and the catcher were really on point tonight. And on a night like tonight where it’s really cold out there, you’re really trying to do your best to just put the barrel on the ball. Because if you hit it anywhere else, you’re not feeling your fingers for a couple innings.”

RHP & starter Justin Masterson:

On defense behind him:

“We had great defense out there. You saw, I got a lot of ground balls. Had a lot of guys making solid plays – (shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera) Cabby was good (third baseman) Lonnie (Chisenhall) and (second baseman Jason) Kipnis. It was great. And Michael Brantley out there in left field throwing guys out at second base in the first inning, that was pretty impressive.”

On surprising to go back out in the 9th inning:

“Not really (surprised). I mean, unless we scored. But I figure, for me, I want to go out there and save the bullpen, let them have another day…No one told me I wasn’t (going back out), so in my head I was unless someone told me different.”

On Nick Swisher’s game-winning single:

“Swisher told me he was gonna do it. He went out there in the ninth and hit that game winner for us…we were talking about it in the ninth and I said, ‘Someone hit a home run.’ And he was like, ‘We just need to get a couple singles, we’ll be good.’ Then (Michael) Bourn hits that double, gets to third then (Swisher) comes up and does it.”

On career-high 19 consecutive scoreless innings:

“It’s going to end sometime. I mean, you just have to go out there and finish off each inning. That’s what I’ve been trying to do, just go out there and make good pitches. Yan Gomes was great back there, he helped me get a few calls here and there. He was leading me along the correct path, so it was nice.”  

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