10/28/2002 03:08 am ET
Dusty Baker post-game quotes
Dusty Baker, Giants manager
Just wondering how much you
wrestled with Livan (Hernandez) versus (Kirk) Rueter to start
today? Also the decision on when to take
We didn't wrestle with
that decision that was because Kirk was going on
three days' and Livan was on his regular days.
Kirk gave us all he had in those four innings. I
don't know how much further he could have gone.
Livan was strong, could have gone nine innings.
I mean, you saw at the end, Kirk, he gave
us all he had. To start the game, you know, our
bullpen's spent, we feel we did the right thing going
As far as taking him out of the game, we
had to keep that game intact. That's about as far
as we could have gone with him. I was hoping we
could have gotten out of that bases-loaded
situation. We hit (Tim) Salmon to load the bases.
Really wasn't enough time to get a regular starter
out, got (Chad) Zerbe up, gave Kirk that half an inning to
get loose. They usually take 10 to 15 minutes to
get loose as starters.
Did you ever imagine in your wildest
imagination that five runs would decide a game
like this with the pitching staffs being in the
condition they were?
No. That's why we
thought we had action on coming back. We were
only threatened a couple innings there. There
wasn't a lot of hitting going on in this game, which
is contrary to the other games. You know, never
imagined that would be enough runs to win.
Given that there wasn't a lot of
hitting in this game, is it a game you'll
remember the fly balls that went to the wall but
didn't go over, David Bell leading off that
inning, but (Darin) Erstad makes the catch, those little
Yeah, that was a big play
by Erstad. That could have gotten us rolling, top
of the order coming up shortly thereafter. We did
hit some near home runs, quite a few near home
runs. The air was heavier tonight. The ball wasn't
going like it had in the previous games in this
The game I'll probably remember most is
Game 6 when we had a 5-0 lead. That's it.
How impressed were you with John
Lackey, a rookie pitching on three days' rest
for the first time in his career, giving them at
least five innings?
I was very impressed
with that. We didn't really have him on the ropes
that much. I kept watching his pitch count. I knew
they were going to go to that bullpen soon. We
were hoping we could get to the bullpen earlier
than we did because his pitch count was getting up
there pretty quickly. Like I said, I knew they were
going to go to the bullpen. Especially when he
gave him that fifth, that really sort of got them in
the flow of (Brendan) Donnelly for two, (Francisco) Rodriguez, then
Can you talk about the emotion
that's running through you now? It's tough
enough to lose a Game 7, but with your son
there, possibility this is the end of the road for
you with the Giants. It's got to be very difficult
for you right now.
Well, it is a difficult time
right now. You're heart is heavy, your stomach is
empty. You know, your head and your brains feel
full right now. It's a very difficult time. It's going to
be very difficult to go back to the hotel and hear
people hollering and screaming out there for
On the other hand, I'm happy for (Mike Scioscia)
and (Bud Black) and (Gary) Roenicke, Alfredo (Griffin), the guys on
the Angels over there. I just wish it was us.
In retrospect, did momentum --
losing that lead yesterday, did that have any
affect on the team?
I don't think so. I don't
think it had an effect on the team. I think it had an
effect on the fans here. I think it had an effect on
the fans, their enthusiasm going into today's game.
I mean, they were loud. You still hear them out
there loud. You can barely hear yourself talk, more
or less talking to somebody else.
You know, you have to commend them for
being into it.
If you were to leave, looking back on
this season, pushing this team to Game 7,
coming so close, do you feel like what you
accomplished, this would be a good way to
leave a job, if it were to come to that?
I don't know. I
understand your question. I mean, it's only been a
short period of time since we just lost. You know,
there hasn't been time really to think about those
kind of things.
See you guys next year.
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