Here are some quotes from the players after the wild card game loss, from the Cincinnati Enquirer or Mark Sheldon:
“I think the thing that stood out the most this year was the defense,” Votto said. “That two-month stretch where I probably made seven or eight errors was really frustrating.”
Votto led major league first basemen with 14 errors – more than twice what he made in each of the previous two years.
“Offensively, I never really got it going this year,” he said. “I thought I did well with what I had. But it just wasn’t my best year this year offensively. And it was by far my worst year defensively. I felt like I made a lot of mistakes. I’ve got to do some learning and do a lot of work in the offseason to try to make the improvement I can to be a better ballplayer, so we can be a better team.”
“We deserve everything. We choked,” Phillips said. “We did. I don’t care how people really feel, how my teammates, how they feel about what I’m saying right now because it’s the truth. Either you win or you go home, and I’m going home. The last place I want to be is on my couch. I don’t want to do that, but it happened today. It sucks, man. It’s terrible.
“I feel like we let the city down. … I feel like I lost this game. … I was up there with opportunities. … The city of Cincinnati deserves better.
“I choked. I didn’t do nothin’. Didn’t do nothin’ to make the team better. Didn’t get any hits; didn’t get any RBI. Didn’t do nothin’.”
Johnny Cueto and Ryan Hanigan on Cueto:
Asked if he was missing his locations more on Wednesday, he said he was. “I think the two pitches I made that I left it up and the result was the home runs,” Cueto said.
“He didn’t have his best stuff, he tried to battle through and get where he needed to be in what was still a fairly close game there,” catcher Ryan Hanigan said. “He just wasn’t as crisp as he could be.”
“I think it’s more frustrating,” Bruce said of the way 2013 ended. “Having good seasons and winning in the regular season is all fine and dandy. But you play and you win to win championships. We didn’t get it done. We have to figure out a way to do a better job. … They beat us on both sides of the ball. They just played better,” Bruce said. “They pitched better. They hit better. They were at home. There’s nothing really else to say. It was, in my opinion, pretty apparent the whole game.”
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