Do you enjoy pitching in pressure packed games like this one?
HIROKI KURODA: It's really hard to enjoy a game under
pressure, but in any game I try to pitch my game, and it's fulfilling after
you can pitch your game.
So this time I try not to lose under this pressure and try to pitch my
game as always.
The last game you pitched you got a lot of good advice from the
previous starting pitchers, Derek Lowe and Chad Billingsley. Did you get
the same kind of advice from these starting pitchers this time?
HIROKI KURODA: This time I haven't had time to talk to
them, but I've been doing research with video and if I have time I'd like
to talk to those starting pitchers and get some good advice.
Would you do well against Philadelphia in the regular season,
because you had some pretty good numbers against them?
HIROKI KURODA: Regular season and postseason is a totally
different thing. Just because I did well in the regular season doesn't
mean it's going to be the same during the postseason. But I like to focus
and concentrate during this series and pitch well.
How much did the Dodgers history with Japanese pitchers going
back to Nomo have a role in you wanting to come here? How much did
the Dodgers history with Japanese pitchers have a role in you coming
here to Los Angeles?
HIROKI KURODA: It's really hard to comment on the
Dodgers history with the Japanese pitchers. Right now what I have in
my mind right now is to pitch my best game tomorrow. So I'd like to
hold off on that comment right now.
The Phillies have won all their home games and Dodgers have won
their home games so far. How much influence does the home stadium
have over the game, and what's your analysis on that?
HIROKI KURODA: The Phillies have great hitters and great
home run hitters, and Phillies' stadium, it's a lot smaller than Dodger
Stadium. So I think they had an advantage over the stadium size but
here I think it's a little bit more difficult to hit home runs on Dodger
Stadium, but that doesn't mean that they're not going to hit.
So I'd like to be aware that there's some great home run hitters, but I
think Phillies have more advantage with their small field.
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