10/23/2002 02:56 am ET
Dusty Baker post-game quotes
Dusty Baker, Giants manager
How much of Anaheim's offense is
their hitting, and how much is you guys just
struggling with pitching?
Well, last two games
guys usually go deep into the ballgame. We didn't
get there. Livan (Hernandez) started out throwing the ball
excellent, then that leadoff walk to (David) Eckstein
started things off like he usually does. It was a
tough night for us. They were hitting. They've
been hitting the last two games. I don't know,
hopefully they hit themselves out, I hope.
I don't know, just a rough night for us.
Those pair of fours made it a very tough deficit. I
think in the third and fourth inning, any time you
get a pair of fours like that, it makes it extremely
Can you just talk about Barry (Bonds')
performance over these first three games?
Yeah, well Barry is
doing his thing. He's doing what he's capable of
doing. He doesn't surprise us, because we've
been watching him for a long time. Barry is
swinging the bat great. Hopefully we can get some
other guys in on the hit parade. Quite frankly, this
is the first -- second series in a row where we
started off with a 2-1 deficit, almost a mirror-image
game of Atlanta. I think they beat us 10-2, then
we came back and won the next two.
Hopefully, history will repeat itself starting
The Angels have batted around six
times in this postseason. From what you've
seen of them, what is it about their style of
play, their lineup, that allows so many big
innings for them?
No. 1, they have
right, left, right, left, right, left. You get a
right-hander out, here comes a left-hander,
another right-hander, left-hander; they put the ball
in play, they run the bases well.
If you walk somebody, most of them have
good speed and that allows (manager Mike) Scioscia to do some
things. Most of the guys over there are contact
hitters, you don't strike them out very much.
They do have a very good lineup.
What about your pitching? It seems
that your relief pitching has let you down also.
Well, your relief pitcher
is down when you have to go to them
uncharacteristically early. We've been going to
them the last two days in the third and fourth
inning. We need some innings from our starters.
Kirk Rueter, the big-game guy tomorrow, hopefully
he can go deep into the ballgame and give our
relief pitchers some breathing room -- at least some
time off. When they're in there as early as they've
been the last two days, it's really more about
preserving somebody versus having the proper
matchup against whoever is up there hitting.
When you go that early, it's more about
damage control than anything, because you
certainly don't want to go the next day with
everybody tired. That's why today we didn't go
with Felix (Rodriguez) in that one inning, even though his pitch
count was low. We didn't use (Tim) Worrell, (Chad) Zerbe that
went four innings two days ago and we didn't use
Robb Nen. So that's why our usually great relief
pitching has been down the last couple days.
You think the cold weather affected
Livan's start tonight?
No, I don't think so.
We're used to playing in cold weather. But Livan
does love the hot weather, being from Cuba and
I don't know if it was the cold weather or
just their hot bats.
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