My balls were moving, I had life on the fastball, and I was jamming them pretty much for most of the night. A couple of pitches they took advantage of, and that wasn't even the home runs. Those were just singles.
It certainly helped today, because [my] fastball command wasn't there, ... I was up with [the fastball] all day and wasn't really able to get ahead. I just think that was something that kept them off of it a little bit. If that changeup isn't there, I think it's probably a rough day.
[His opponents have recognized his potential from first-hand experience.] He was pretty impressive, ... He had a good fastball and curveball the first four innings. Then he found a changeup somewhere and brought that out with him. He had three quality pitches and he was as a good as advertised, I know that.
He was pretty impressive. He had a good fastball and curveball the first four innings. Then he found a changeup somewhere and brought that out with him. He had three quality pitches and he was as a good as advertised, I know that.
He relies mostly on his fastball and slider. He has a curve and a change-up, but doesn't get a chance to throw them because his role has been to come in and throw hard for one inning. Right now he's doing what he has to do (in Fresno) and he has a good chance to pitch with the Giants this season.
When I'm going well, I'll hit the ball the other way. That's where I got in trouble the last week is that I pulled everything - no matter if it's a fastball away. Today I told myself I'm going to try to go the other way. I was fortunate enough to do it, and I hit everything pretty much. You have to know your strengths.
Unfortunately he had no command of any pitch tonight. It made it real difficult on him to have any consistency. He had trouble throwing his fastball where he needed to and so he had no way to set up anything else. He was just was out of synch today. Every pitcher is going to have those days.
We'll see where he fits and how he performs. If you don't start him, it would be very difficult to get him to start later on. We can also make him a reliever. I haven't seen him enough as a starter to draw a conclusion. As a reliever, he has been very effective. What I have liked about him from Day 1 is that he has been able to throw a strike with his fastball at almost any time. If he gets behind a hitter, he can throw a fastball for a strike.
I'll tell you, that Baker's impressive. He's got good stuff, a live fastball. ... It took us a while to see him. Actually, it looked like the second time around, but they did a good job of being pretty consistent with their at-bats.
All I wanted to do was face him again. I was hoping he would hit me in the back with a fastball. I really was. Just so I could run down to first base, to show him that I could take it. We did face them in the loser's bracket. And he hit me, and I ran to first. And it was his last pitch of the game.
If you'd seen me warming up, you'd see I didn't throw nothing but a fastball. I couldn't find anything else. Going off the scouting report and 0-2 counts, he chased fastballs above the zone. Sticking to what I do best, going with my strengths against his weaknesses.