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Here are some quotes from the clubhouse after the game:
Hammel on the bullpen: "We've got to give these guys in the bullpen a day off one of these days."
Hammel on the slow pace of the game: "I felt from the first pitch there was absolutely no rhythm to the game. Maybe a boring game to watch for those sitting in the seats because it was so slow."
Hammel on not going deep: "Six innings isn't enough and that's what I have been camped at and then today five innings, so I am obviously very frustrated because that's not the way to build a winning team. Because after a while those innings will start to chew up the bullpen no matter how good they are. And they have been outstanding. So I've got to get deeper in the games. That's just the bottom line."
Hammel on the bullpen as the club's leading factor for success: "Without a doubt. The offense has been very good, too. We've been able to put up some runs. And the bullpen has shut it down for us for the most part. It's definitely on the starters' shoulders right now. Obviously, Chen with an outstanding outing last time out and we look for him to do it again. But overall we've just got to get into the seventh inning, eighth inning. You got to start doing that a little bit more. Because those innings are starting to add up."
Hammel on how the starters can go deeper: "It's just being more economical with the pitches instead of being too fine. Being aggressive in the zone and not trying to do too much, not trying to strike everybody out because I've seen guys try to do that. Just stay aggressive try to get the ball into play early and stay with that instead of nibbling and trying to make perfect pitches all the time. I still think we are competing really well, obviously, or we wouldn't be five games over .500 right now. But those innings are going to add up if we don't start getting deeper into games."
Dickerson on the bullpen: "You never feel like you are going to stay in trouble long. Someone is going to come out of this awesome bullpen and give us a strong performance. This whole bullpen has been unbelievable…It's truly incredible. The bullpen has been a huge lift for us when things have gotten a little bit hairy they can come in and shut the door. It's a huge luxury. And they've been doing an incredible job."
Dickerson on nearly making a great catch perched against the right-field corner wall before the ball popped out of his glove: "I'm so upset about that. So upset … That ball down the line has this crazy trajectory where it looks like it is going foul and then comes back. And I was anticipating it going in the stands and then at the last second it started coming back. And not only that I was on my way down. I was just so disappointed."
Dickerson on seeing the replay of the almost web gem: "It was so hard to watch. I just wanted to rewind time like you rewind the replay. It doesn't work that way."
Showalter on Hammel needing to go deeper: "We all have that criteria and you are right. But pitching five innings in the Major Leagues is hard to do. There isn't that many people walking the streets that are able to do that. It seems like we always want more and, believe me, our starters want to get deep. And they have before and they will again."