It was a moment that brought back memories of the 2001 World Series nightmare, but Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovello tried hard not to associate it.
In an interview after the Diamondbacks lost Game 1 of the World Series 5-6 to the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas, on Monday (April 28), Lovello said, “Fans watched today’s game and thought about Byung-Hyun Kim in the 2001 World Series. Did the players or managers think about that history?” he was asked.
The A’s lost after reliever Paul Seewald gave up a tying two-run homer to Corey Seager in the ninth inning and Miguel Castro gave up a game-winning solo shot to Adolis Garcia in the 11th.
It was a moment that brought back nightmares of Byung-hyun Kim, who hit two game-tying homers in the 2001 World Series.
“I didn’t do that at all,” Lovello said. I don’t think the players are old enough to remember what happened. The die-hard fans might remember, but I don’t think there’s anybody (on the team) that connects the dots between then and now,” he said.
On Seager’s game-tying two-run homer in the ninth, he said, “I haven’t seen the replay or analyzed it yet. I’m still trying to figure out what happened. But I do know that he beat us. I thought, ‘He’s a hitter who has been hitting at a high level for a long time, so we have to be careful,'” he said, reflecting on the situation.온라인카지노
“It’s the World Series. It’s the best players doing the best things at the most crucial times. I thought we had a good game plan. Zach Galen got us through the fifth inning and everybody did a good job. I thought Seewald threw the ball well. He had a couple of bad pitches. Taveras had a big at-bat.”
When asked if he considered how to avoid facing Seager, he dismissed the idea, saying, “If you take him out, you’re facing good hitters behind him with runners on first and second.”
Asked what his message to the players was, he said, “We played a good game. We put ourselves in position to win. We did a lot of the right things. If there’s anything we need to tighten up, we can only try to get better and come back tomorrow and play our best game. That’s all we can do and that’s what we’ve been doing all season.”
“It’s frustrating, but sometimes matches go like this. We have to find a way to bounce back, clear our minds and play our best game. We’ve shown that many times this season,” he added, vowing to bounce back in Game 2 a day later.