Terry Francona: unplugged

August, 1, 2010
Manager Terry Francona after Sunday's 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers:

On blowing a three-run lead in the ninth, then winning on Marco Scutaro's bunt hit and a throwing error by Tigers rookie pitcher Robbie Weinhardt:

"Any time the music's playing, that's good. … That wasn't how we drew it up. Buc [Clay Buchholz] was so good and seemed to be in command of the game. For whatever reason … he started becoming aware of the base-runner which has no bearing on what we're trying to do. Then we get the walk, and the guy coming up next [Miguel Cabrera] is not the guy we wanted to face in that situation."

Second thoughts on not starting the ninth with Jonathan Papelbon?:

"No, I didn't really see a reason. [Buchholz] was in charge of the game. His stuff was good. I think I [would have] had a harder time telling myself, 'OK, you took him out.' There was no reason. He was throwing fine."

On the rally in the ninth:

"We got a bunt down. When you get something down, good things happen. They're in a tough spot there. … And icing on the cake was they threw it away. We made them throw strikes, took the balls, and took advantage of a mistake."

On Jed Lowrie and his solid play:

"He's a good hitter. When he's healthy, he's always been a good hitter. We just haven't seen him healthy enough to be able to be productive. It's nice when he is. He has good at-bats.

"He's going to swing at strikes. He's a pretty professional hitter. I know he's younger, but that's never been an issue. He knows what he's doing when he's hitting."

On Papelbon's outing:

"He left a pitch up to a real dangerous hitter. The ground ball up the middle just found it's way. That's unfortunate."

Consider walking Jhonny Peralta?:

"No. See what Pap was against him? 1-10 with 5 strikeouts. That would be hard for me to answer."

On the satisfaction of a solid, fundamental bunt producing the winning score:

"I'm glad they threw it away, but if they don't, we got second-and-third and good hitters coming up, so they have to make some decisions. Scut's a good bunter."

On his the team's comeback resiliency in this series:

"I don't know. I forgot about yesterday. It seems like a long time ago. They came back today. Just play. Play 'til it's over. That's the whole idea. I don't think that's ever been an issue."

Glad the deadline has passed and the team can concentrate solely on baseball?:

"Well, I hope we were. That's the whole idea, to concentrate on baseball. I mean, I know there was a lot going on yesterday. I don't think we weren't thinking about baseball. Before the game, there was some things to deal with, but once the game starts, we always play."

Update on Lowell?:

"No. I would think that pretty soon there'll be some more. Not today."

Thanks to Daniel Pesquera of Williams College for the transcription.

Gordon Edes

ESPN Staff Writer



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