But they have some impressive people coming out of that bullpen,
there's no question.
After the walk in the third, the intentional walk, was there any
consideration to pulling Billingsley at that point?
JOE TORRE: No, he's done too much for us. And, I mean, he
got the catcher and he pitched to the pitcher. We had a situation where
we have the pitcher, I think he had four hits all year and he gets three in
this game. So that's tough to sort of count on and defend against.
We certainly -- we gave up too much early, basically. But to me
Billingsley has been too much to this club to take him out in a situation
where he's performed so well.
Can you talk about Chad in general? He just looked blow away to
some guys -- Billingsley just locked some guys up and looked like he had
some good stuff and gave up eight runs, how do those two go
JOE TORRE: As I say, the pitcher accounted for three of
them. And that was a weird inning, the inning they scored the four runs
because he gets through Burrell and Werth, strikeout, strikeout, and
then all of a sudden the wheels came off at that point in time.
Very unexpected and certainly something that we certainly weren't
prepared for. I'm sure he wasn't either. I think sometimes when he gets
into a situation like that, he fights it and sometimes fights himself. And I
think that may have been part of it.
You and some of your players have been in this hole before in
JOE TORRE: I remember.
And come back on occasion. How much value, if any, do you think
JOE TORRE: It's valuable for me because I can speak from
experience. And sometimes when you're in that locker room and in that
lineup, you tend to think things are worse than they are. You don't get to
this time of year without having the capabilities of winning three or four
games in a row.
And we just have to just get that feel back, because we all know when
you're playing a five-game, seven-game series, momentum is such a
huge factor and one game is really all we have to think about at this
point in time and that's what we'll do when we get home on Sunday.
In 1996 I think you managed when your brother was ill, Charlie
Manuel lost his mother today, and I'm wondering what you think it
might be like to -- what was it like for you to be out there managing post
season games under situations like this?
JOE TORRE: It's a heavy heart. The fact that knowing that
my -- I lost my one brother but my other brother was in the hospital.
Part of the therapy for him was listening to us. And I know Charlie was
telling me how he talked to his mom and has been talking to her
obviously on a regular basis. And her concern for him was only go out
there and win ball games.
It, again, sometimes gives you a place to hide where you're so busy that
it's going to be a lot easier, it was a lot easier probably during the game
than it is now when he goes home.
Before the game you were talking about how impressed you were
with Chad's game in Chicago because he was able to reel in his emotions,
how would you evaluate his emotions today?
JOE TORRE: Well, I think the first inning was fine. I mean, he
went through that part of the lineup and got away without getting hurt
and then the second inning he gets the first two hitters out, the five and
six guys, and then all of a sudden strange things happened. He gets
ahead in two counts and wasn't able to put people away. And that may
have unnerved him a little bit, but, again, you have to sort of fix this
thing while it's going on.
And unfortunately, as I mentioned, Myers did the job with the bat
tonight. He struggled a little bit. He got his pitch count up. Certainly
pitched well enough to get through five and win the ball game. But his
bat, which was the unexpected thing for us.
Can you talk a little bit first about McDonald and then also does the
way you had to use the bullpen tonight or just knowing you're going to
be down for Game 4 ensure that Lowe is going to start that night?
JOE TORRE: I'll give you that tomorrow. I didn't even think
about that one. But certainly Lowe is front and center. We're not afraid
to do that. And the fact that Billingsley didn't pitch for long tonight. But
I'll clear the fog out tonight and tomorrow at the workout I'll give you
But I thought McDonald was -- give me a first bit of action there in the
postseason, here bases are loaded, get this guy out. And he strikes out
Burrell and then just went on to pitch three more innings and going
through everybody, obviously. And I was very impressed and I think we
found out a little bit about that young man tonight.
When the second pitch went behind Manny's back, did that raise an
JOE TORRE: Yeah. The thing that worried me about that
situation was the fact that it was so tough to see at that time of day. And
we all know how aggressive Myers wants to be, and how pumped up he
gets. But the thing that frightened me more than anything was it was
tough to see. I know it was tough to see for us from the side. So I know it
had to be tough to see the first couple of innings up there.
You know, you lose this game today, how comforting is it for you to
have Manny Ramirez as kind of an ace in the hole when you guys are
down the way you guys fell down?
JOE TORRE: It's so much when you can swing the bat one
time and get three runs. I mean, that is certainly huge for us to all of a
sudden, 8-2, 8-5 and now the game becomes a winnable ball game. Two
different times we had the tying run at the plate. I thought Casey's ball
was going to be up against and Shane made a nice play on it.
And then in the ninth inning we had the tying run. So that three-run
home run certainly put us in the position to scare somebody.
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