‘Return’ Musgrove “I kept drawing this moment in my head”
San Diego Padres starter Joe Musgrove, who had a comeback, shared his thoughts.
On the 23rd (Korean time), Musgrove started an away game against the Arizona Diamondbacks held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, recording 5 innings, 7 hits, 1 home run, 6 strikeouts and 3 runs. He became the winning pitcher as the team won 5-3.
After spending the season on the disabled list due to a weight training injury sustained during spring training, he finally returned after two minor league rehab appearances.
In an interview after the game, he announced that 메이저놀이터he was looking forward to returning, saying, “I have been drawing this moment in my head over and over again.” He added that he was able to overcome his tension and throw, saying, “I think I managed the tension well.”
Regarding the scene where he was hit with a two-run home run by Christian Walker in the third inning with two out and second base, he expressed regret, saying, “It was the worst pitch.” He blamed himself, saying, “I made the worst choice because I thought I had to catch a strike or induce a batted ball in a situation where I was driven 2-0.”
Still, “overall it was good. I think the pitch was good throughout the game. In particular, the changeup was really good, and the fastball was also good, and the velocity and ball tip were good,” he said, expressing satisfaction with the overall pitching.
Regarding the situation where there was confusion while dealing with Josh Rojas at the end of the 3rd inning, he explained that there was confusion regarding the pitch clock regulations in the process of requesting a replacement ball, saying, “I grabbed the changeup grip, but the ball seemed to have a strange shape.”
In this situation, he was declared an automatic ball for a rule violation and struck out with a changeup on a 2-2 count. “I think I need to get used to the timing. He has enough time to catch his breath and throw without feeling rushed,” he added, adding that he needed to adapt to the pitch clock.
San Diego returned to Musgrove following Fernando Tatis Jr. and regained normal power. “The energy in the team is really good. Right now, our hitters aren’t showing as much offense as they can, but as long as the pitchers continue the game, hitters will find a way to put pressure on the opposing pitcher in the second half of the game. Our team’s batters are hitters who can inflict damage in the next two or three matches if they play against the opposing pitcher once,” he said, revealing his belief in his teammates.
Manager Bob Melvin said, “I threw well. He allowed hits in the early stages, but gave up no walks and limited damage. Most of all, it was good that the batters were able to win by giving up runs in the game he returned to,” he said, adding meaning to the team’s ace’s victory in the return match.