“He just couldn’t get in a groove, to locate his pitches. He just never got in a rhythm tonight.”
“That’s the worst I’ve ever seen him.”
On whether he thinks he’ll get another start
“It’s not about me and keeping my position in the starting rotation. It’s really [about] how much I want to contribute, and the fact that I wasn’t able to today was pretty shocking.
Anything specific causing most of problems tonight?
“From the beginning of the inning, just walking the first hitter of the game. Just lack of control today.”
On Andrew Miller
“What he did tonight was a good job of damage control. We got our hits — most of them were singles, and their hits were doubles. That was the difference. They had a ton of extra-base hits and we didn’t have many, and when we got a runner on he made a good pitch.”
On getting Miller’s pitch count over 100 in five innings, with only one run
“Yeah, we’ve done that a couple of times this year. It’s frustrating. That means you’re putting together some good at-bats [but not getting the big hit]. They played some great defense behind him. It just wasn’t our night, that’s for sure.”
How much did it take out of you, falling behind early, etc.
“Long innings are never fun, whether they score or not. When we had a chance to score in the first and we didn’t, obviously as an offense you want to get back in there as quickly as possible. You feel like there’s some unfinished business.”
On Kawakami saying he just couldn’t locate pitches
“Yeah, I thought his stuff was OK. He had some good stuff, but everything was up and middle. We didn’t go strike 1 enough. That kind of stuff gets you in trouble. I know they’re not in first or second place or anything, but they have a really good lineup. And he just didn’t locate very well. He hit it right on the head [with that assessment].”
They can make you pay for mistake pitches?
“They can. Especially if you get off to a slow start, and you start nit-picking the corners. It’s just tough. You’ve got throw strike 1 on this team and get them aggressive, then get them to expand the zone. Because the more they’re able to shrink the zone, they’re really, really dangerous.”
How tough to have long innings like that early, when you’re in field?
“Yeah, the innings were just too long. There was no pace, we didn’t have a good pace to the game. We had a lot of stuff in-between pitches, guys stepping off. Even the clean innings we had, they took a long time. It’s always tough on position players, me as a catcher I felt like the game was about 5 hours long. When you’re doing that stuff, if you don’t have a good pace of game in this heat, it beats you down a little bit. That’s something we can definitely work on, from a standpoint of, tempo of the game is a big thing. It makes the other hitters more aggressive, when I get in the box and that pitcher is ready to come right at me, I don’t feel as comfortable as I do when they’re taking time.”