So that Danny Salazar … pretty impressive, yes?
So that Danny Salazar … not bad, huh?
Salazar followed up his first Major League start – a six-inning masterpiece on July 11 vs. Toronto — with another impressive outing: 7 2/3 innings and 10 strikeouts, the latter the most for an Indians rookie since Kaz Tadano did it in 2004. Salazar took a no-decision after allowing a home run to Miguel Cabrera in the eighth before the Tigers won, 6-5, in 14 innings.
Here’s what the principals were saying about Salazar after a long day at the ballpark:
Tribe manager Terry Francona
“Besides a couple mistakes, I thought he was tremendous. He had poise, competitiveness. I wish I could sit here on a win, but it doesn’t change the fact of how he pitched or how we feel about him. That was pretty awesome.”
“I went out there and I gave my 100 percent. Every inning, every pitch, I did. And I feel great.”
”I got him a couple times with my fastball, so I was going to try it again. I left it in the middle and he hit it. If you throw outside or inside to him it doesn’t matter. He’s a great hitter, the best right now. He just hit that pitch really good.”
“I don’t want to face him the fourth time. He [struck] me out the first three times. I was saying to myself, ‘It’s time to bring in the bullpen.’ And when they decided to leave him in there, I say, ‘Let’s grind out this at-bat, try to make something happen.’”
Tigers manager Jim Leyland
”That kid was really something special. It’s not very often that I’m in the dugout saying, holy crap. But tonight, that was impressive. Man, he was throwing easy 98, 99, easy. That was pretty nasty.”
Tribe GM Chris Antonetti, pregame
“Corey (Kluber, now on the DL, has) been exceptional. It’s hard to overstate what he’s meant to our team, but at the same time, we have a guy in Danny Salazar that will come up and get an opportunity to pitch. He’s a really talented player that we think is ready to contribute up here. Now, we’ll have to rely on Danny and the other four guys to carry the load until Corey is ready to come back.”
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond