But he's a pretty good hitter. Utley is a pretty good hitter. I don't think the error
had anything to do with what happened after that.
Lowe was pretty much a ground ball machine for the first five innings. In
your view, what happened in the sixth?
JOE TORRE: The other inning also where he gave up the two hits with
two strikes. He was feeling fine. Just sometimes you get some misguided pitches
and they stay up instead of where they're supposed to be.
But he made -- Burrell's a good hitter. He's had a hell of a year. He just stayed
with that pitch. As far as Utley, it looked like something off speed or just the
sinker that stayed up because he sort of went out and then took a good swing at it.
But as I say I was comfortable watching him pitch. It was just one of those things.
Were you a little surprised they went at Manny as they did today?
JOE TORRE: Well, not really. We've got some pretty good hitters
behind him. And early in the game, I mean, you're not going to start walking him I
don't think anyway in the first inning.
But it was a good game. Unfortunately for us we were on the short end. But it's
going to be a good series here.
Looked like in the early part of the game your guys were really working the
counts and watching pitches. For those of us who don't get to see your team a lot,
is that normal? Is that typical for you?
JOE TORRE: Again, you have a crafty pitcher out there. Cole Hamels,
he keeps it together. The fact that he has no problem throwing any pitch any time,
whether it's the curveball, or changeup. He's proud of his changeup and he should
be. He's not afraid to repeat it.
We certainly have scouting reports about how he pitches and you don't expect to
get runs in bunches from him. And I thought we did a good job, as you say,
working the count and putting ourselves in position.
And I thought we made the most out every opportunity we had. Manny's ball,
when he first hit it, I thought, any time he hits a ball in the air I think it's out
anyway. But DeWitt delivering with the sacrifice fly. We did a lot of things right.
Unfortunately, we came up on the short end.
Did you notice Derek getting flustered at all during that, I think it was the
fifth inning when he gave up the 2-2 strike hits?
JOE TORRE: He was just mad at himself. Flustered, that doesn't match
with him, because we talked about it when he came in. He talks about it. He likes
to talk between innings. And he just tried to make some pitches that he didn't
make. But I don't think he got flustered or bothered by the error, either one.
You've been through this millions of times in the postseason and all that,
when you lose a Game 1. Does your approach change especially with a lot of
younger players out there, coming in, coming back, rooting for Game 2?
JOE TORRE: This ball club has come to play every day. It's been really
rewarding for me to be in that clubhouse and see how comfortable I am with their
personality. Tomorrow will be the first game we're going after somebody after we
lose. And I think I'll get a sense tomorrow if I feel anything different but my sense
is I won't. These kids -- and the veterans that we have here certainly have helped.
But I think they have a lot of confidence in themselves and they've been working
hard. And, again, when you get to this time of year, you play the best teams. You
face the best players and the pitchers and things are going to happen for the most
part they're going to be close.
You've been through -- obviously we talked about it, you said you've been
JOE TORRE: I'm old, go ahead and say it.
I was trying to find a polite way of saying it. But you've been through this
before many times. But as the series progresses, do you make any changes or do
you make a certain adapt -- do you adapt to what's going on within the series itself
or do you just stay with what brought you to the dance?
JOE TORRE: No, you know, I think we all -- I say we; I mean managers
-- I think we all understand when you're dealing with 162 games you may show
more patience than a seven game season.
I think if you feel you have to plug somebody else in, you'll do it. This is not the
time of year you worry about hurting people's feelings. And I think we're all on
board as far as players understanding that also. But, yeah, I think if you think that
something should be changed, you change it.
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