The third inning it started to bother me. I went as far as I could.
I tried to throw a fastball inside, and the ball kind of slipped out of my hand where I didn't want to throw it. That was a big mistake. If I walk Chipper in that situation and get a groundball with the next hitter, then nothing happens and I should win the game 2-0.
I don't want to talk about my hitting. My job is to pitch a good ballgame every time out. The triple was a gift. I take pride in my hitting, but I'm not a hitter.
I've been working hard on strength and conditioning. When you do a good job and take care of your body, at the end of the season you feel strong.
That's a gift from God. I'm there to pitch.
Maybe next Spring Training, I will work on that.
That was a good at-bat, and I think that was the key of the game. He's getting more comfortable.
That was fun. I wasn't playing like we were trying to win the world championship or the World Cup.. Just take it easy.
Sometimes I get lucky and hit some pitches,.. I don't try to hit the ball like [Todd] Walker does, just try to make contact.
The thing I've seen about people on the computer and the Internet is that it's addicting. We told him not to get on it, and you turn around and he's on the computer.
When you drive a car, when you're the driver, you know what to do. When you go 100 mph in Venezuela, you know what to do. The people in the passenger seat can be scared, but the guy driving the car is not scared. It's the same way on the mound.
I was feeling great today, plus I like the matchup when I face Carpenter or (Matt) Morris. It's good to have Carpenter on the other side. Every time I come here I want to throw my best game and throw like I did today.
I don't care what the rivalry is, what the circumstance is, what the standings are, you are not allowed to cross the line in this game and their pitcher crossed it twice. It was pretty clear.
For me, mentally I'll prepare like a normal game, like I was the No. 4 starter. I just wanted to be focused for the game and not worry about anything else, not think about it being opening day.
In the first inning, there is always something wrong. I hit somebody, I walk somebody, there's a blooper. But that's part of the game. You have to be able to control yourself and make good pitches to get yourself out of trouble.