ALCS Quotebook

Lopez looks forward to Cleveland

A sampling of what the Red Sox had to say in the aftermath of a disappointing 13-6, 11-inning loss to the Indians in Game Two of the AL Championship Series Saturday:

Terry Francona:
It's a long night for both teams. I wish we would have won. But no, if this does us in, we're not as good as we thought we were. It's a frustrating end to a really exciting game, but we'll get on the plane in a little while and go regroup and have a nice little workout tomorrow.


Curt Schilling:
It's not difficult to rebound from, not given the makeup of this team. You know, as far as how anybody feels, there's no one that should feel bad in the clubhouse but me. Everything about this one falls on me.

The way he was throwing early in the game and the way we were hitting and our at-bats, you knew we were going to grind it out on him or we were going to run him out of the game early. We put together a great inning, take a lead, and up to the Peralta at-bat I still had it in and I let it get away.

Next thing, unfortunately our bullpen in those situation, it's bordering on minimal. Fifth inning you're asking your bullpen to come in and throw zeroes against that team for however long it was going to take, and that's just not fair to them. This was all about me coming up small in a big game.

But it was a game, had I executed, we should have won. We should have won, and they took it from me, which eventually meant they took it from us.


Javier Lopez:
Nobody said it was going to be easy. Obviously, the Indians have proved that all year long. They don't quit [and have] the same right, the same desire, that we do. Hopefully, if you have to have a bad game, this is it now. We just move forward from here. We spotted them one here. We had a chance, we had them on the ropes. And hopefully we can go there and play the kind of ball that we've been playing all year.


Kevin Youkilis:
You lose, it doesn't matter—seven runs, 20 runs, one run. A loss is a loss in the end. For us, it would have been nice if we could have gotten that run in with those guys up [in the 10th inning]. You think you'll definitely get a run across and the ball just wasn't bouncing our way. The ball I hit right at them [at Grady Sizemore to end the ninth]. And David [Ortiz] hit that one ball [leading off the 10th], hopped up and Jhonny Peralta made a great play on that ball. If that things hops up, gets away, David's on first and nobody out. So that could have changed the ballgame too.


Mike Lowell:
That's the way it goes sometimes. You feel for those guys [in the bullpen]. They're not trying not to do the jobs. But obviously, we would have preferred a different result. But that's why it's seven games. If this was sudden death, then it'd be a really sad day.

Maybe it would have been a happy day because we would have won the first game [grins].

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