JOHN MAINE: Well, you know, we've kept
him so far to no home runs, and we've kept him to
singles. And that's the biggest thing, he's going to
put the bat on the ball and get his hits. He's a
You have to worry about other guys
around him, too, and try to keep them off base so
he doesn't have an opportunity to drive runs in. I
think we've done a pretty good job with that.
What are your conversations like
with Oliver Perez, and what were your thoughts
on how he pitched last night, and really, what
does it do for your confidence?
JOHN MAINE: He pitched great. He went
out there, he got over five innings, and that's all we
wanted from him. We wanted some innings and
keep it close. That's my goal every time I go out
there, log some innings and keep it close. If they
score some runs, three or four -- we're similar type
of pitchers. We have similar games. He pitched
great yesterday. Picked us up big time.
Just following up your earlier
answer, so was it nerves about the walks or
was it focus or what do you have to do to
change that so that you're narrowing it on the
plate and throwing strikes?
JOHN MAINE: I don't think it's so much
nerves. I don't want to say focus. I go out there
every pitch trying to focus.
It's just you know, it's just one of those
games, happened at a bad time. It's something
that I can fix and something I'll work on between
each start and just go out there and I feel fresh and
throwing strikes and I will be all right.
How do you fix it? What's the
JOHN MAINE: There's little things you
can do in between starts. You have your bullpens
and there might be something here minor that
maybe Rick would point out, maybe doing this or
why don't you start doing that. It will be all right.
With the way that Molina has really
performed, how does that really change your
complexion of how you pitch to him versus
how he may have been pitched to during the
JOHN MAINE: He's had a great series.
He's been hitting the ball. You've just got to go out
there and I don't like to, when I'm up there, I don't
like to really single guys out. You go up there and
make quality pitches regardless of who it is. If you
do that, you make good pitches, you keep the ball
down in the zone, you're going to get guys out.
He's had a great series, and you know, it will be
another task pitching to him. He's done a great
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