Found my tape recorder with some old interviews on it. Discovered one with Clayton Kershaw from this game here.
What was your best sequence of the game?
I don’t know. I threw a couple change-ups [to Soto] to get back to 1 ball, 2 strikes. The third curveball, you know, he took for strike 3. That was the best sequence, I guess, using all of my pitches.
Do you feel the curveball broke particularly well, or did it fool him, or was he not looking for it?
Yeah, he wasn’t expecting it, especially for a strike, so um. Any time I can throw off-speed for strikes that gives me something else to throw.
Sorry to ask about this, but that home run to Soriano, what was the sequence? Slider, fastball, fastball?
Yeah, he hit a 2-0 fastball out of the park. I’d rather give up a home run than walk him. That’s just the way it is.
Was it mislocated?
[smiling wryly] I dunno, I’ll look up the film and let you know tomorrow. A homer’s a homer.
Funny how different he sounds in his interviews today. Good kid.