Balsley wants Bass to avoid disaster inning

Balsley wants Bass to avoid disaster inning

Balsley wants Bass to avoid disaster inning
SEATTLE -- To be clear, Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley said there's absolutely nothing wrong with Anthony Bass' mechanics or any of his pitches.

But Bass, who is 0-2 with a 8.14 ERA over his last four starts, is lacking something that Balsley would like to see more of moving forward.

"He needs to find a way to get through a crisis," Balsley said before Wednesday's game against Seattle. "It's nothing mechanical. It's a matter of getting over the hump where he's got to realize that a crisis is happening.

"It's knowing that you might give up one or two runs but you have to stay away from giving up four or five."

In his first eight starts, Bass was 2-3 with a 2.94 ERA. Opponents were hitting .228 against him. But in his last four starts, opposing batters are hitting .302.

Bass opened his last start against the Brewers with five scoreless innings before allowing four runs in the sixth inning.

"It always seems like it happens in the sixth inning for some reason," said Bass, who will make his next start on Friday in Oakland. "It's like those first five innings, I feel like I can pitch with the best of them."

Bass has found solace in knowing that he doesn't have to tinker with his mechanics or anything as far as trying to sharpen his command on a certain pitch or pitches.

He realizes that he needs to work out of a potentially messy situation before it becomes a real disaster.

"It's frustrating, but it's part of the learning experience. But up here, you can tell the guys who are good at executing a pitch to get a ground ball when they need it," Bass said.