Showalter speaks after 6-3 win

Miguel Gonzalez picked up his fifth win today for the Orioles, but he’s still waiting to hold his first child.

“They have a baby as stubborn as Miguel when they told him he couldn’t do this,” manager Buck Showalter quipped after today’s 6-3 win over the Red Sox.

Here’s a sampling from Showalter’s postgame press conference:

On significance of taking three of four in this series
“It’s early. Four-game series are really tough because it’s obviously, you consider how good the competition is. There are certain things you look for when you glance at a schedule and you see four games with anybody, you know it’s going to be a challenge for your staff and your bullpen. Play Boston as much as we do in the spring and last year and this year, there aren’t many secrets. You kind of line up and know you’re going to play some competitive games, you hope. But it all plays off your pitching. We pitched well this series. Very appropriate that the father to be had a good day on Father’s Day. Trainers talked to him about whether there were any updates on the movement toward that, and there’s not.”

On Gonzalez maintaining his focus
“There’s two ways to look at it. Sometimes, it’s a release to get out here and pitch and be in this environment. He’s a guy - you all know him, you’re around him a lot - when you’ve been through what he’s been through in his life, there’s not a whole lot fazes him. He’s a quiet, competitive guy and when you have the background he has, he doesn’t take anything for granted. Every pitch. You don’t have to talk to him about staying in the moment.”

On Nick Markakis, who went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored
“How about the game Markakis had? I wouldn’t know where to start. It starts with, how about the tag up at first base way back when? You talk about knowing the ballpark and knowing how the ball was hit. I cannot tell you how many people play that ball halfway. I started writing them down. He read Manny’s single. A lot of guys wait to see the ball hit on the ground, but he reads it and scores. His defense, what else can you say? He was talking about having trouble seeing the ball. He said there’s a lot of orange. He said he’s used to having that good, green background. He said, ‘That’s a good thing, right?’ And I said, ‘Yep, that’s a good thing.’ Getting a hit off Miller, left-handed. That’s impressive. I probably missed a couple, but it’s an honor to watch him play. He gets it.”

On Jon Lester, who had won all seven decisions at Camden Yards before today:
“I thought he was carrying really good stuff. We knew we were going to have to grind him and see if we could work the pitch count, if nothing else. We had some balls that weren’t hit firmly fall in. So did they. But we were fortunate that some balls found spots where we don’t normally hit them. Of course, Chris probably had the big blow. It’s hard to hit a ball that high and have it go that far. You have major league players and teammates kind of go, ‘Hmm, that’s pretty cool.’ It’s hard to impress these guys up here.”

On Davis getting his first hits off Lester after being 0-for-13 going into the game
“I just think he figured he was due. Some people can get into... I think Chris has been in the mindset since he came over here that the glass is half-full. He knows he’s going to play for people that, they liked him in Texas and we like him, that he’s going to get an opportunity, and I think we’ll keep running him out there. If you don’t think guys don’t know numbers and what they mean, guys that have been playing a while... I try to take the approach them, you’re due. You’re a good hitter and things like that are in your favor. A lot of guys use it as an excuse to say it’s just one of those matchups. Matusz and Ortiz. He has some good swings off him, hit some balls firm, but they seem to find the glove.”

On Jake Arrieta starting Monday night in Detroit
“I think we’re planning on starting Arrieta. The problem is, we can’t send Miguel there and then it’s a week and we lose the three days to bring a player in. We’ll carry Miggy and see what transpires. I don’t think I’ve ever talked about an impending birth other than my own children. We’re trying to use it right. And the other part of the equation is whether we’re going to start Hammel on Tuesday. If we don’t, then we have to have a position... He’s still pretty weak. He ate his first meal this morning. We’ll see if that stays around. Hopefully, not a bumpy plane ride. We’ll see if he’s still having some effects. We’ll potentially pitch him Tuesday. If we don’t feel good about that, we’ll see another starter then. Jake will pitch tomorrow.

“(Hammel) knows the level he has to be at to be competitive. I think these guys know what’s at stake. They’re not going to do something that jeopardizes our best chance to win a game. We’re going right into one of the toughest teams in baseball again. And Toronto, you all have been noticing how well they’ve been playing.”

On the fans
“We were talking about all the orange in the park. Don’t think the players don’t notice it. Nicky’s saying, ‘I wish they’d kind of get the black thing going this year in a day game. We sure could see the ball.’ Then he goes, ‘Ah, it doesn’t matter. Just glad they’re here.’ And that’s when he said, ‘Well there used to be a lot of green there.’ I said, ‘That’s because of the way you’re playing. Keep playing well, there will be a lot of ‘bad’ background.’”

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