Our hope was to give the award to a deserving student athlete. Even though it was the first year for it, there was an overwhelming response, in terms of resumes and applications. We're really looking forward to it being able to grow and grow.
They give us a veteran presence. Both have made a lot of starts and pitched a lot of innings in their careers. They will fit in well for us.
Considering how hard he worked the first two innings, for him to give us six innings says a lot about Cliff's competitiveness,
It's a testament to his consistency. It's a testament to his being mentally tough enough not to give in.
He can give us 80 to 85 pitches, if we need. We like what we saw from him in Spring Training.
Boone is a good situational hitter. But last year, he was always playing catch up (after recuperating from knee surgery.
He was throwing a sweeping breaking ball in there and did a good job with his fastball.
Our entire starting rotation has been good all year. And it hasn't just been one or two guys. It's been all five.
I think it's going to be tight all the way to the end, with multiple good teams involved.
We did a good job of keeping it going. The grand slam was big, but the guys kept putting up good at-bats.
You talk about a guy who made a great impression and has done a great job coming through the system. He did more than enough to be on the team. We're going to need that depth, and it's good to have guys like Fausto ready to step in.
Jake was scheduled for three but able to go four. He kept his sinker down and looked real good.
Kevin was a warrior once again, ... It was a very good game until the end, when we weren't able to execute.
It all starts with the guy on the mound with the ball in his hand.
I've seen Jason play in the minors, both at the Double-A and Triple-A level. I've seen little pieces of his play in the big leagues. He's always been a hard-nosed type of guy. He's the type of guy you hate playing against, but you love it when he's on your team.
I remember hearing about him back in Double-A that he could have power. But it's been very gradual with him, improving from level to level.
Mota was outstanding. He competed his tail off. He was strong, did a good job of controlling the game and made some real big pitches to the heart of their lineup.
He made a hell of a play on that dive. The ball had left-handed topspin and was speeding up as it got to him.
I don't know how the hell they would know that.
It scared the hell out of me. They hit so hard, but to my surprise, both were OK.
Matt said he felt it on the second to last pitch he threw and obviously he has some history with this thing.
Obviously, you hold your breath and hope no one gets hurt. Thankfully, these guys are coming back healthy.
He would have been available, but we hope to get him in there Tuesday.
Brown has a tendency to overthrow, and when he does he gets the ball up in the zone and gets hurt. He's strong enough where he doesn't have to try and get more (velocity).
Byrd threw well. Just a couple of pitches hurt him.