More from the clubhouse…

Lots of extras and quotes from the Orioles’ thrilling 10-4, 10-inning win. You can read the details and reaction in the game story, but here’s a little more from the clubhouse last night in Chicago..

ADAM JONES

[on the win] “We didn’t quit, that ninth-inning that closer coming up, throwing hard. Nolan [Reimold] got something up, hit it out. I got something up, hit it out. Once we tied the game and went to extra innings, we knew this is our game. let’s win this game. and we had a hell of a 10th inning, with six runs. I’m pumped right now, still pretty pumped.”

[don’t quit team?] “A couple years ago, we were down 4-2 on the road, we were probably losing 4-2.  It’s a different team, we’re a different breed right now. We are just enjoying taking one game at a time and not do anything else but play our style of baseball.”

[Nice to save starter Jake Arrieta from getting stuck with a loss] “Oh, definitely. He threw the crap out of the ball. We had some opportunities to put some runs on the board early and were unsuccessful. We kept chipping away and he kept us in the game, as a starting pitcher that’s all we ask. Just kept us in the game and kept us close.”

[On Reimold] “He’s feeling good. We are trying to get him in a crazy attitude of ‘who gives a [damn]’ And it’s slowly starting to work. He’s a work in progress, we are really trying to get him to maximize his opportunity. He’s one of the most talented athletes I’ve seen. He’s fast, strong, he just has to have that mindset that he can do it and he can.”

[on the comeback]
“It was awesome. Six runs in the 10th how many times have you seen that? I haven’t seen that since I’ve been here. it’s a different team, we have that we’re not letting up no matter what. It all comes down to our starting pitching and Arrieta always kept us in the game and kept us in striking distance.”

CHRIS DAVIS

“We had chances early in the game to score runs. I came up earlier in the game with two runners on and less than two outs and didn’t even put the ball in play, so that kind of stuff even early in the season when you’re trying to get in the groove and get a feel for your teammates and trying to put things together, those are the things you’ve got to do. You have to get your runners in early in the game, especially when your pitcher’s battling like the way Jake was. Things kind of built up and in the last few innings, we were able to unleash a little bit.”

[on expecting the late comeback] “I don’t think any of us ever thought about quitting. When we walked into the dugout later in the game we were a little deflated, but there were still guys rallying around each other. Saying come on let’s go. There are the kind of games that prove what kind of team you are and they help you out later in the season when you have to play close games in ones that really count.”

[on the team's defense] “The error that I had, right before Konerko hit the double, it was huge. That’s on me I have to catch the ball. Jake was out there battling, doing a great job. Those are little mistakes that can happen, it’s just lack of focus. I felt bad for that, but we were able to battle back and put up some runs and get the win.”

[watching the game unfold] “When we started hitting home runs, it was like, ‘Is this about to happen?’ But it’s one of those things. With our team, it’s not a selfish effort. We’re going to stand up for one another. We’re going to have each other’s back and we’re going to keep battling until our last out, and that’s what we did. This is a young team, but we have some veteran guys mixed in who have been around a little bit. I think you see that energy from the young guys. I think you saw that play out tonight.”

MATT WIETERS

“We’ve been battling every game just to make it close so it’s nice to finally have a big inning and put some things together. Fortunately we’ve been able to get some contributions from different guys at different times, which is why we’ve been able to win some games, but it’s aways nice when everything clicks.

It’s sort of like a snowball effect. Once you get some runs going and maybe you quit squeezing the bat as tight it seems to always come a little bit easier.”

[on saving Arrieta from getting a loss] “Jake threw the ball great. We didn’t play well defensively behind him. It was nice to not saddle him with a loss for a game he really threw well in. Had a couple throws where I could have thrown a couple guys out, It’s nice for him not to get a loss for as well as he pitched tonight.”

[on a six-run 10th] “This year nothing’s really come easy so far. We’ve had close games late and we’ve have had to tie some games up and go extras and we’ve had some extra-inning losses, so it’s been a lot of hard work do far this year.”

[on his first career grand slam] “The grand slam’s not in (your) mind, just trying to extend that lead a little bit because anything can happen in this game. You’re confident with JJ coming in but it’s nice to have a few more runs to play with.”

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Last night was as close to surrealism as it gets. Still find it difficult to believe. But, I’m becoming a believer in this year’s team.!!

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