Feb. 19, 2013
On getting a win at home after a tough weekend on the road:
Given how the game was played with the errors and the number of walks, I think it is a pretty amazing win. I think it is a hard way to win a game when they get as many base runners as they did. I think we made a lot of pitches and moved the runners out there and got some outs. I was really pleasantly surprised to see how Sean Spicer handled the start. That was his first career start and he did look like he was a little bit amped up to me. He was working really fast and might have spent some energy on just dealing with the emotions of it. He got after it. He threw a lot of strikes and they fought him, but he fought his way through it pretty well.
I thought Austin Stone came in and he is basically on a rehab right now. He got through his two innings in pretty good shape. The rest of it was just too many walks. On a lot of nights we would have lost this ball game. Offensively, the first inning might have been the key. I don't know how many of us have seen Lawton Langford hit a ball that far and into that gap -- he has gotten a lot stronger. Then Mitch Price gets up there as a freshman and gets a pretty good bat to drive that run in.
On the offensive production in the second inning:
The only inning where we really got anything going it was the bottom of the order that got us going. Their guy was throwing a lot of strikes and that is not a bad guy to start a runner off on and try to swing a bat. Jake Miller did a good job of staying on it and hitting it the other way and it kind of sparked us. They opted to play in and I don't know if Nate Goodwin's ball would have been caught if they were playing back, but that is just a call where you roll the dice. If you get it, you get it, but if you don't then we get another run plus a base runner with the top of the order up. We were just able to turn some things into four runs right there.
On Sean Spicer's start:
I didn't think he was laboring. He threw a bunch of strikes. I am sure that his juices were really flowing. I thought he was amped up, and I thought [Adam] Toth was amped up in left field. I was impressed with Sean, I really was. I was impressed with his stuff, I was impressed with his command and the fact that he was filling up the strike zone. He got us off to a really good start. I wondered about it before the game started if I was doing the right thing by throwing him out there first. I could have gone with Austin Stone and let him get his two innings out of the way, but we had told Sean and he had prepared for it and we learned something from it. If he is like that, then he will get better, and maybe it will give us a guy on Tuesdays that we can count on.