Hampton, on his soaping accident:
“It happened in Chicago when I was showering (Sunday). I was getting soap out of the dispenser, and my finger slipped off, and it cut it. I knew I had it. I went out and played a little catch before the game. I kind of glued the wound so it wouldn’t open up. And then it opened up after the first (inning). It just didn’t get any better. I didn’t have a whole lot of feel for the pitches. I thought to be safe it’d be good to get me out sooner rather than later.”
Ortiz, on giving up those two walks:
“I was just a little off. After that, I felt like I made pretty good pitches. But a soft single and a base hit and sac fly — those were the two walks that scored. So I didn’t end up doing my job.”
Ortiz, on his home run:
“I just tried to put a good swing on it. I’m not trying to hit a home run. I hit it good enough. Sometimes that short left field comes into play.”
“Frustration. There’s no way to explain it. We had our opportunities. We didn’t take advantage of them.”
"We didn't have enough hits in key situations. We had them on the ropes and just didn't get any good swings when we needed them."
"It was a little boost of confidence. I kind of surprised myself. I hadn't thrown since my last inning in Fresno in Triple-A, and my first inning I was kind of all over the place. I just wanted to come in and establish the strike zone and get a groove going, and I was able to do that in three innings."