By Trey McCurry.
TheClemsonInsider.com caught up with head coach Jack Leggett, Kevin Brady and Thomas Brittle following Friday’s 6-5 loss to Maine.
On the opening game (of the series) loss:
The first six innings we didn’t show up offensively. Their kid did a good job and you have to give him credit. He threw strikes and we just couldn’t get any flow offensively. We had the four-run inning to tie it up and that was a really good inning for us. Then we gave up two rebound runs and they got us at the end.
We have to figure out a better offensive group and we’ve got to get better that way. That is all there is to it. We were just not real exciting the first six innings and couldn’t get anything going.
On Kevin Brady and his lack of offensive support:
He pitched ok tonight and only gave up two runs. Then we come out and give up two more. Those two innings we just didn’t plug the holes up when we needed to.
On bunting McGibbon in the ninth inning:
We were just trying to get the runners into scoring position. Kieboom battled and put a nice swing into the ball. Unfortunately, it just didn’t fall for us. But we had made our bed earlier in the ballgame. We had some opportunities and just didn’t get anything going. Maine did a good job against us.
On how he feels after two starts:
Overall I felt everything was pretty good. They just came out and really attacked me. We made all the pitches and they were just hitting the ball. The guy that hit the home run really called that pitch and you have to give him the credit. He got it and I have to take my hat off to him. I threw a fastball and he just got it. Again, overall I thought everything was pretty good. I’ve got to clean some stuff up and that will come with time. I felt like a took a step up from last week.
On pitching in varying weather (going from hot to cold during the game):
Honestly, that is not where my mind is during the game. My body is going and my whole body is warm. The weather was not a factor at all.
On continuing to work on his circle change-up:
It is starting to get there. It is getting better. I’ve been working with Pep all the time on it. It is definitely getting a lot close to where it needs to be.
On the lack of offensive support:
That does not affect my mindset at all. These hitters are amazing and they will come out and back me up. Tonight was just one of those nights. I’m not worried about it at all. I just have to take care of my side of the ball and everything else will take care of itself. I have all the confidence in the world in them.
On setting the table for the lineup:
I feel really good right now. Even though I had a good night (3-for-5), it was a tough loss on a Friday night. I feel like I am seeing it pretty well right now and hopefully I can just keep it going. I like to think I am doing ok getting going. As a team, we just need to be able to put some runs on the board when we are going. Still, I think I’ve been doing a good job and my teammates are doing a good job behind me.
On the slow starts the first few games:
We just have to come out ready to hit at the beginning of games. We had a couple of innings where we took pretty good at-bats and put some things together. But at the beginning, we were just a little slow in getting things started.
On his transition to the team this year:
The year off definitely helped me with the transition. I was able to sit back and able to take everything in. It was just a different jump in skill level to where I had been. I feel like it has definitely helped in the long run and am feeling good about where I am at right now.