10/24/2002 03:18 am ET
Mike Scioscia's post-game quotes
Mike Scioscia, Angels manager
Could you tell us about your view of
Kenny Lofton's bunt in the fifth inning.
I thought it was fair by a
while, then it was teetering back. I haven't had
chance to see a replay. Troy thought it was just
off the line or on the edge of the line when he
picked it up. It was close.
What about the performance of their
three relievers? They came in and completely
shut you down.
They did a super job. Starting with Kirk Rueter, I thought he did a good
job keeping us off balance. Troy (Glaus) gave us a big lift
with the home run. We had a 3-0 lead, but he still
Then Felix (Rodriguez), he made some terrific pitches
to Orlando Palmeiro leading off that seventh
Then Tim Worrell and (Robb) Nen shut it down.
Those guys did a good job tonight for them.
Talk about the difference between
being up 3-1 and now that the series is tied 2-2,
the mindset of the team.
Our mindset is the
same. We talked about it all week, you need four
wins to wrap this Series up. We're not looking up
3-1, 2-2 or down 3-1, whatever it would be, we're
looking at that game tomorrow and that's it. We'll
let you guys add them up.
Our club will bounce back and play a good
game no matter if we had won this game or as it
turned out, we lost it, but it doesn't affect what we
Can you talk about the fifth inning
and the fate of, first of all, kind of keeping
(Kirk) Rueter in there to even hit? Then the fate of
the two 65-foot hits that got you guys tied up?
That's baseball. Rueter
put the ball in play. We didn't make the play on the
little chopper. (Kenny) Lofton puts down a perfect bunt.
Those guys got a rally started. They
capitalized on it. There's nothing cheap about it.
That's the game. They got things going and got
some key hits with guys in scoring position in that
inning and came back and tied the game up.
As the Series has gone on, you've
seen (Barry) Bonds a little bit more, have you become
even more conservative in your approach to
him, even more determined not to let him beat
you and more likely to walk him intentionally?
Well, I didn't need to
see Barry hitting any more home runs to gain any
more respect for his talent. I know he's incredible.
I know he's had an incredible year. Right now,
he's locked in.
So, if there's going to be an opportunity for
us to make Benito (Santiago) or J.T. (Snow) or Reggie (Sanders), whoever is
going to hit behind him, beat us, I think we're going
to try to take advantage of that. It's not a knock on
those other guys. It's just I think where Barry is,
he's incredible right now.
In the eighth, did Bengie (Molina) get
crossed up on that or did he just miss it?
Bengie just missed it.
In a bunt situation, sometimes that bat head is out
in front of you as a catcher, you might lose the
tracking of the ball momentarily. Francisco (Rodriguez's) ball
has some late life. I'm sure it had a hop to it. It
just tipped off the end of his glove.
Francisco was so sharp in the
previous game, just mowing them down. They
had mentioned, "Well, we know him now." Do
you think they knew a little more in getting the
two hits? Plus, (David) Bell getting the winner.
Well, you might be a
little spoiled by Francisco because he's just come
in and virtually -- he's been incredible. He's
virtually gotten everybody out. We know that's not
the life of a pitcher, for the most part. You know he
challenges guys, he's aggressive. These guys are
good hitters. They're going to put good swings on
the ball and they're going to get their share of hits.
I don't think you can look at tonight and
say, "What did Francisco do," or what he didn't
do. J.T. Snow got them started off with a base hit,
went down and dug out a pitch. Bell didn't hit too
bad a pitch, a bullet up the middle. I don't think
you can look and say what Francisco didn't do
here. I think those guys, they're good hitters.
You're going to try to make your pitches and
occasionally you're going to give up hits - no
matter who you are.
Francisco looked sharp in the
seventh. In the eighth, does he feel a little bit
more uncomfortable with the stretch compared
to the windup?
No. He's shown he can
execute his pitches down the stretch or the windup.
Most pitchers are a little more comfortable in the
windup than the stretch.
How surprised would you be to see
if this goes seven games, Kirk Rueter pitching
the seventh game over Hernandez?
I don't want to get
inside of Dusty (Baker's) head. There's going to be
decisions we'll all have to make if it comes to
I'm sure Dusty is going to look at it and
make the best call. I don't think anything's going to
surprise us as to what -- how their pitching might
line up. We're going to be looking at some similar
things from our side.
Rich Aurilia goes three for four
tonight. How important to their lineup is he?
Rich Aurilia, he's a
shortstop that if he gets his hands on the ball,
you're out. He does a great job there. On the
offensive side, obviously, he's a key, as Jeff Kent
is, and everyone that's hitting in front of Barry or
the guys obviously directly behind Barry. This
team isn't about just shutting down Barry and
winning; we know that.
Aurilia, Kent, Lofton, again, getting on
base, those guys ahead of Barry are guys that are
important, important for us to contain and control.
On the other side, it's important for those guys to
get some things going. Rich Aurilia has been
swinging the bat very well. He definitely got his
share of key hits tonight for those guys.
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