So Roy bruised his hand in the fifth trying to stop a chopper up the middle. Did that affect his sixth inning?
“You have to ask Roy,” Cooper said. “I have no idea. Ask Roy. You have to ask him. I don’t know. You have to ask him. Maybe it was his hand from the inning before. With your (ace) on the mound, you figure if you don’t have it you got a pretty good chance of getting it. And we let two leads slip away there. We just need him to step up to be who he’s supposed to be.”
“I lost feeling in my hand in the sixth inning. The first two guys swung at some balls (in the sixth). That’s the only reason I got them out. If they had (taken the pitches) right there, I probably would have walked more that inning. They got a good team over there. There’s some young guys that can play. It’s not like you’re going to come in here and roll over them."
“There’s no excuses. Down the middle. It was down. I didn’t quite get it out far enough. I probably paid maybe a little too much attention to Hairston over there at first. I tried to slide step, and I didn’t get the ball over the outside part of the plate.”