Manager Buck Showalter
On evening the series: “You know the math is you’ve got to win three or lose three, so I think you’d know what I’d be talking about if we weren’t able to win. It’s one win closer to winning three. We got through Texas knowing we had to win 11 games and starting out winning three is hard. We know it’s a tough task ahead of us, but you like the mathematics of it after tonight. At least you’re one step closer.”
On success at Yankee Stadium: “Just because you’ve been there, I don’t think anybody thinks that any preclusion [or] a give on how you’re going to play. I think our guys are very realistic. They understand the tough task ahead of them regardless of what’s happened in the past. I think that all gets thrown out the window when you get into this situation.”
On Chen’s preformance: “I'm really proud of Wei-Yin. All year long you think of all the challenges that have been with him since day one of spring training and I think his teammates have done a really good job of making his path easier and making him feel good. [He's] probably one of our best-conditioned athletes. That's why the five-man rotation he's been so good with, and we got him at 26 out of Japan. Before you got a lot of guys at 30, 31 that have some wear and tear.”
Right fielder Chris Davis
On rebounding from Game 1 loss: “I think that’s been big for us all year, the fact that we’ve been able to put our losses and our low points behind us and really learn from them and bounce back. I mean, we’ve had contributions from everybody all year. Chen has obviously been awesome. He did a great job tonight, but we’re really just kind of putting the negative behind us and moving on. It’s been big for us all year.
Catcher Matt Wieters
On Chen’s performance: He's been a solid starter throughout the year. He's going to go out there and throw the ball the way he did tonight. He pitched plenty of big games over in Japan and Taiwan. You never know how it's going to translate, but when he goes out there, he's got the mindset that he's going to win."
On the bullpen: "It's a way to shorten the game. They've been great for us all year and they come out and keep doing what they've been doing all year."
On whether he tagged Ichiro: "I thought I might have nicked a button, but it was close. He's quick and he made a pretty good move. I wish I could have got him, but maybe a leather strap nicked a button or something."
Was Ichiro out of baseline?: "No, at home you pretty much can go anywhere in the dirt and you'll be fine."
On Pettitte: "He was good. Didn't seem like he took too much time off. He had his cutter working and was able to locate both sides of the plate."
Starting pitcher Wei-Yin Chen (through interpreter Tim Lin)
Everybody was talking like I didn't really pitch good against lefties, but tonight I felt like I pitched good against lefties and against righties too. And today I just kept the down and lowered my pitch count. The only thing I wanted was just keep pitching. I don't want to think too much, and the defense, they helped me out.
Of course I'm feeling like its a little different now because this is the major leagues here. But there's one thing. We want to win. I want to help the team to win. That's my hope and my dream.
The experience of playing in Japan and the states is a totally differen feeling and of course like today, [I wanted to] win the ballgame, but that's not just because of me, that's because of our team. Those guys behind me did a really good job tonight, especially Wieters. He's the man. And of course the guys behind me played wonderful defense and swung the bats really well tonight.
Manager Joe Girardi
On opportunities against Chen: “Well, we had some, and we weren’t able to capitalize. He made some pitches when he had to, and obviously it was a pretty well-pitched game on both sides, and that why it ended up the way it did.
How did Chen get out of those jams: “I thought he pitched inside pretty effectively tonight to some of our right-handed hitters. I talk about his fastball, it seems to get on hitters quicker than what the speed indicates, and that’s one of his strengths. I thought he threw some good off-speed pitches when he was behind in the count as well.”
On Ichiro’s play at the plate: “It’s an incredible play. They put together a good relay and we knew that Davis has a strong arm, Andino has a strong arm, and somehow he got around Wieters. Wieters is not an easy guy to get around, I can tell you that with the size of him, but somehow he did it.”
Shortstop Derek Jeter
"You don't come here saying you want to split. You come here wanting to win every game, and we didn't win today."
"We're in a battle. We've been battling all year, and today, they were better than us."
On Chen: "He was hitting his spots. He was going after guys, challenging people, throwing his fastball. He was hitting his spots today."
First baseman Mark Teixeira
"They made some really good pitches when they needed to."
On Chen: "In and out, in and out. He didn't leave many pitches over the middle of the plate at all. He's one of the very few pitchers where you have to make him get the ball down. He kept the ball up in the zone, so a lot of pop-ups, a lot of fly balls. He was really good tonight."
Starting pitcher Andy Pettitte
"It was a tough game. Obviously the game came down to I made a mistake to Davis. I just left him a ball right in the middle of the zone to hit. And that was a serious mistake by me in that situation. Really, obviously, that pretty much cost us the game."
"Their guy did a great job of making his pitches when he had to."
"I felt really good early and pretty suspect after that. The stuff was real crisp early, and I didn't feel like I was very sharp after that."
"I just kind of the lost the feel for my stuff a little bit."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun