I don't think it would surprise me, or we wouldn't have played him, but I heard him talk about trying to swing at strikes.
It's not as easy to do that as it sounds, but he's tried to grind out his at bats, he's not gotten overanxious, and, again, that's -- it's a huge hit. I mean, it's a game changer and, regardless, you see how they have to pitch him.
That at bat, he was throwing him, like he said, he started him with a fastball and then he went exclusively soft because you have to respect his bat and what he can do, and if you make a mistake he can hit it out of the ballpark.
Could you talk about the attention at that point in the game when Drew came up and how relieved you were or if there was relief after he hit the home run?
No, how the tension it was.
Did I look bad?
No, just during the game, tie game and
I don't know, I was -- it was actually kind of enjoyable, again, now, you get nervous, a little anxiety, but I don't think we felt any more tense than -- there was a lot happening in that game.
Certainly you feel better with the lead, but our guys have been through a lot, a lot of games, and, you know, you win or lose I don't think is going to hinge on the tension in the dugout.
What do you think of Dice K's start and the way he got out of that fifth inning after the R.B.I. single?
I tell you what, that's the ultimate tight rope. I think in the fourth and fifth he threw 61 pitches and there was a lot going on. I said before the game that he doesn't give in, he certainly didn't. He finds a way to make pitches and those were two tough innings. But he finds a way to make a pitch, but, boy, they made him work.
Courtesy of FastScripts by ASAP Sports.