But the bullpen was superb in relief of shaky starter
“The bullpen saved the game,” Manager
Wilson was staked to a 5-0 lead in the first but was rocked for five runs and five hits in the second and gave up another run in the fifth.
But Morin, the rookie right-hander, retired the side in order in the sixth to lower his ERA to 1.42 in 24 games. Jepsen induced a key double-play grounder from
“That’s huge for the bullpen,” center fielder
Jepsen, however, didn't see the bullpen effort as heroic.
"We don't really look at it as a confidence boost," he said. "It's our job. Every person feels like we can do that day in and day out, especially when guys only have to go one inning. Everyone closes out their inning, and that's it."
Though Smith will close for now, Scioscia said Frieri will be "a big part" of the group of relievers "who are able to hold leads for us." Frieri, who is 0-3 with a 5.64 ERA in 33 games, said he appreciated the opportunity Tuesday night.
"I need to get back to my routine, to being good Ernie, and the only way to do that is by pitching," Frieri said. "They gave me a chance today in a close game, in the eighth inning, and I threw the ball well and hit my spots. That's when I want to pitch, at the end of the game."
Frieri said he has been working on keeping the ball down in the strike zone, even if that means taking a little off his 95-mph fastball. He struck out
“When I overthrow my fastball, I miss spot, and I get hurt on pitches up in strike zone,” Frieri said. “I’ve been throwing on the sideline with [pitching coach] Mike [Butcher] and asking him and [ace