10/23/2002 03:12 am ET
Mike Scioscia post-game quotes
Mike Scioscia, Angels manager
(David) Eckstein led off three of the four innings.
Things like that are a pretty good sign for you guys.
Our order was moving
around. That definitely helped. I guess it was a
by-product of some good innings. But also, more
times guys can get up there in a game, obviously,
you're getting a lot of offense. Gives them a
chance to make some adjustments at the plate.
Yeah, that was -- we did a lot of things
early to get things going.
You said after Game 1 that losing
the first game was not a blueprint. Is it
beginning to look like it is one for you guys?
Here's our philosophy:
We're not looking at anything past tomorrow's
game. We'll let everyone else add them up and let
us know how we're doing.
By losing the first game, if we won the first
game, it wasn't going to change our approach to
Game 2. Naturally, you always want to get off on a
good foot, but we weren't able to in any series this
year. You definitely have your work cut out for you
with a club as talented as the Giants are. We're
fortunate now to be in a position up 2-1. Whatever
position we were in, whether we're down 3-0 or up
3-0, it would not change our approach of that
game-to-game basis and what we're going to try to
Could you share with us your
decision to walk (Barry) Bonds in the first inning, if it
was an automatic or situational?
I think as they were
getting some runners on, it became -- I think it
became apparent that we were going to -- we
didn't really want Barry to have a chance early in
the game to break it open.
It's almost like pick your poison, because
Benito (Santiago) is swinging the bat well. He's been hitting
a lot of clutch hits for them. Of course, J.T. (Snow) behind
Benito, it's not a pleasant situation.
But Ramon Ortiz made some terrific
pitches both to Benito and to J.T. to minimize the
damage to one run. That early in the game, I just
-- I know we didn't feel comfortable giving Barry a
chance to change the tide of the game early.
This is the sixth time in this
postseason you guys have batted around.
What is it about your style of play or the
make-up of your lineup that allows for so
many big innings?
They've done a terrific
job all year long of situational hitting, in particular
with guys in scoring position. It seemed like we
had some hits that fell in. I thought guys were
battling and fought some tough pitches off.
One thing leads to another, we had some
big innings. I know just from watching these
playoffs, we've had probably four or five innings
that I haven't seen in any playoff I've ever been
involved in. If you look at an eight-run inning, a
10-run inning, a five-run inning, that's very
uncommon for playoffs.
Our guys are doing a good job offensively,
as the Giants are. They've pressured us every
game. Fortunately, we've come out on top on a
couple of them.
Were you a little concerned about
the weather at all? Are you surprised about the
offense in light of how cool it was?
I think we were able to
do some of the things that we've been successful
at all year tonight. I thought we ran the bases well,
we stole a couple bases, put some runners in
motion, hit behind some runners well.
That type of baseball, if we do have the
opportunities, like you said, if Eck is the leadoff
hitter, leading off an inning, getting on base, Ersty
follows it up, it sets a table, a lot of good things can
happen for us.
Although 10 runs is something you are not
going to get every night, I'm not going to say I'm
surprised because I think if we can keep
pressuring clubs the way we've been doing all year
and in the playoffs, you have the potential to do
something like we did tonight. But as I said,
everything's not always going to fall in, as it has
the last couple nights for us.
Putting that many runners in motion
early in the game, then scoring that many runs
without a home run, do you think that
distinguishes your club from other teams in the
I think there's teams
comparable to the way our club plays in the
American League. We've matched it with really
outstanding pitching, also. That's really -- when
you look at that combination, that's why we even
made the playoffs and why we're at this level.
I think there's other teams as aggressive
offensively as ours, maybe they haven't had the
success on the mound, so they obviously weren't
in the playoffs. I don't think that type of ball is just
common to the National League, that you're
talking about. I think it's common to any team that
has players that for that offense to be successful,
has to play that type of game. I think ours is an
indication of that.
I think there are clubs that can drive the
ball better than our club, they play that style of
game, we have some guys that can hit the ball out
of the park. But predominantly, we're a club that
does battle and we've done battle at the plate,
moved runners along and it's been successful for
us this year.
With the three 400-foot home runs
that you've seen from Barry now, do you have
any better respect for him, appreciation, or has
your approach towards him not changed at all?
I have the utmost
respect for Barry Bonds' talent. I think we
showed it in the first inning, when we walked him in
that situation. Barry is the real deal. You can talk
about any superstar you want to talk about in the
game, Barry's the guy.
That saying a lot, when you're talking
about guys like A-Rod and guys that are in our
league that are incredible, to have Barry a notch
above them says something.
I think the thing to say about Barry, it was
a little refreshing not to have to face him during the
season this year. But he didn't need to hit any
home runs for me to gain any respect for his talent.
Just picking up on that, he's hit
three home runs in three games. You've kept
him from breaking a game open. Are you
better off with the way you handled him?
I'd like to be making
pitches and getting him out a little more often.
That would be the ultimate. We've handled him by
sometimes not giving him anything to hit. If that's
handling Barry, I guess we're doing all right with it.
My preference would be if we could make
some pitches and get the guy to swing at a bad
pitch or get the guy to roll over on a ground ball
that isn't going at 8,000 miles an hour. I feel good
about that. This guy's an incredible offensive
player. Definitely a guy that -- I mean, just the
fact, you see situations that he's flat-out walked. I
think that says it all.
When you get to their bullpen so
early two games in a row, are you thinking
you're doing damage beyond tonight? Are you
making them more vulnerable for upcoming
Both clubs I think have
done a terrific job on the offensive end of forcing
the action. Our starters need to go deeper, too,
because I think they're getting into our bullpen
I think both clubs, if you have to go deep
into your pens, you're going to end up paying a
price. Even with the days off in a series, a
seven-game series, even with two days off in
between, you have to monitor some guys and see
how they're responding.
We needed four innings from the pen
tonight, we needed about, what was it, six, six-plus
or seven-plus the night before.
That's going to take its toll. It sure is.
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