TONY LA RUSSA: Yeah, I think
everything they had, balls that were hit they were
capable of doing better things with. It was a rough
night, especially the two right-handers, they are
kicking themselves and beating themselves up in
the clubhouse. But they are both capable of doing
things differently to get better results.
Two quick questions for you: No. 1,
what went into your decision about having your
right-handed relievers pitch to Delgado in both
of those situations in the fifth and sixth?
TONY LA RUSSA: You mean instead of
using one of our left-handers?
Instead of going earlier to Flores or
TONY LA RUSSA: Both of those
right-handers have been effective against left-hand
hitters and that's a lot of game to pitch. We were
hoping to get a couple innings each from those
guys to kind of piece together the rest of it. We
just didn't make good pitches. They can get all of
those guys out making good pitches.
Have you seen enough of Beltrán
over these couple of postseasons that he's
played against you?
TONY LA RUSSA: Well, same thing. He's
a dangerous guy. You make pitches, throw the
ball down the middle to our guys, we're going to
have the same kind of success. We've made
mistakes, he's a very good hitter and he takes
How impressive is Delgado in that
you've pitched him away in this series so much
and he's a big power hitter, is able to stay back
and instead of trying to pull that ball, hit it to
the opposite field?
TONY LA RUSSA: We watched, he hit the
Dodgers the same way. A couple hits in this
series, the ball has supposed to be in, and the
guys have just gotten out of their deliveries and got
the ball away.
We've got to try to move the ball around
because he's too good to go to one area.
With what Reyes did, were you
looking at him to go five innings or was this a
two times through their lineup and you were
gonna pull him? What were you looking from
TONY LA RUSSA: Just watching the
game. Realize it's a big challenge for him,
watched him and thought he handled himself well,
thought he had a chance to score a run in that
inning but we weren't going to push him very much
past that anyway.
Edmonds okay or Taguchi pinch-hit
to get him in the game?
TONY LA RUSSA: He got a little sore
chasing that one ball. He did get sore in one of
those last chases that he made.
Hopefully he'll be okay tomorrow.
To kind of follow up the previous
question, if Anthony's spot doesn't come up
there, would you have liked to get a little bit
more or he was at the point it's time to get
TONY LA RUSSA: If Anthony's spot had
come up I would have pitched Flores with a
left-hand inning coming up, we wanted somebody
to give us a couple innings, and that was
Just away from the game, but can
you talk about Josh Kinney, just the
importance that he's had since he's come up
and obviously the innings that he's given you
in the postseason?
TONY LA RUSSA: Well, he's become a
big part of our bullpen, he's come up through our
system. He got here in kind of a funny way, but a
couple clubs that he's pitched for, the raves have
been about the movement, different type of
pitches, the way he competes and we've seen for
ourselves, he's handled himself great with very
Going into obviously the important
Game 5 tomorrow with both starting pitchers
having already started on three days' rest this
time and having faced each other's lineup,
what do you anticipate?
TONY LA RUSSA: Well, you're talking
about two experienced lineups, so you know, both
lineups are going to be making adjustments, the
pitchers are going to adjust to the adjustments. It
will be fascinating to watch. You've got two
veteran pitchers and two lineups that have a good
idea of what to do at the plate.
So I think everybody will be trying to do
something different than they did last time because
last time was a 2-0 game.
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