World Series Game 2: A.J. Hinch Postgame Interview

Q. Can you describe that game managing it, being a part of it.

A.J. HINCH: No. That’s an incredible game on so many levels, so many ranges of emotion. If you like October baseball, if you like any kind of baseball, that’s one of the most incredible games you’ll ever be a part of.

Q. In terms of the home runs, Gonzalez, Correa, Springer, Altuve, four guys with four swings in many ways changed this series?

A.J. HINCH: No doubt. There were some homers on their end, too. This was a night obviously the ball was carrying. A lot of big-time players stepping up and getting big swings. I’m just glad the last out, we got to it. This was a hard game to finish, obviously, for both teams. And some really, really key hits that honestly it’s hard to put into one game, let alone one series.

Q. What’s going on on your bench while this thing is swinging wildly back and forth? And what carried you through with some great swings against a great bullpen?

A.J. HINCH: Well, you see the emotion on the field tonight. Both teams, both swings of emotion, incredible key moments in the game, there’s more of them than I can really remember. On the bench we were in it, from the beginning. Justin Verlander was very good. We don’t even talk about him. He starts the game and gives up two hits and has to exit, National League style. Then the game got really interesting. Marwin Gonzalez kicked it all off. We’re not here if Marwin Gonzalez doesn’t hit it a ball to centerfield against the best closer in baseball. Obviously our guys were way in it and obviously it’s as upbeat and positive a clubhouse as you’ll ever get.

Q. Their bullpen, their closer was their most consistent strength over the last three weeks. Do you feel better going back to Houston knowing they’re beatable, they had a chink in the armor a bit?

A.J. HINCH: Well, we didn’t come to LA thinking we couldn’t beat them. We obviously proved we can put some good at-bats together against good pitching. They’ve had the best bullpen in baseball this postseason, and much of the season. We know it’s a challenge anytime those guys are getting in there, when the get the lead. Doc showed it, he was going to go to the matchups, when he feels he has a little bit of an advantage. No matter where you go in that bullpen, you’ll find somebody that’s had success, somebody that’s good, somebody that can get outs when they match you up correctly. That’s why it’s so important to get the lead. Now, keeping the lead seemed to be a little harder than getting the lead for us. That’s one of the many reasons why they’re here.

Q. Would you talk about the emotions in your dugout as you had it, got away, you had it again.

A.J. HINCH: I like the positive reactions more than I liked them coming back.

Q. But you hung with it.

A.J. HINCH: These players don’t quit. We’re not going to concede anything. This is the time of our life on the biggest stage. And we’re chasing something that for your whole lifetime seems unobtainable, and here we are a couple of wins away from bringing a championship to Houston. And they’ve got guys on the other side that are doing the same thing. No one is going to get too ahead of themselves. No one will concede an out, an at-bat, or an inning, certainly not a game. Their emotions were exactly what you’d expect out of Game 2 of the World Series. It was upbeat, positive, and grinding through a spectacular game.