At least manager Cecil Cooper didn’t have to field countless questions Sunday afternoon about his team’s ineptitude with runners in scoring position. Finding a way to get clutch hits wasn’t very high on the list of worries for the Astros.
Cooper on Lohse:
“He pitched well, but we’ve got to figure out a way to start hitting at some point. He didn’t have but 60 (pitches) or so by the sixth inning and was cruising along pretty good. We only hit probably two or three balls hard all day and that won’t get it. We need to figure out a way to score some runs and string two or three hits together. We know we’re a better offensive team than we’ve shown.”
Lee on Lohse:
“You’ve got to give credit to Lohse. He was throwing 2-0 changeups for strikes, 3-1 curveballs for strikes. When a guy feels self-confident like that on his pitches, it’s kind of tough to go out there and just attack because you never know what you’re going to get. He pitched a great game, in and out and soft and hard. You have to give credit to the pitcher sometimes.”
LaRussa on Lohse:
"He was masterful. Kyle signs a deal, and he wants to show he's going to be the same guy."