Dempster on loss: 'I got outpitched'

Dempster on loss: 'I got outpitched'
April 5, 2013, 10:15 am
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NEW YORK -- Ryan Dempster's Red Sox debut wasn't terrible. But matched against Andy Pettitte, it wasn't good enough, either.
     
Dempster allowed three runs on five hits through five innings while walking four and striking out eight and absorbing the loss in a 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees Thursday.
     
"I got outpitched by the guy on the other side of the field," said Dempster. "I made a lot of good pitches, a couple of balls fell in and that was enough to win the game (for the Yankees)."
     
Dempster is known as someone who pitches to contact, who doesn't typically walk many or strike a lot of hitters out. But some errant command led to four walks, and more swings-and-missed than usual gave him the strikeout total.
     
Combined, they also resulted in an early night. Dempster reached 101 pitches through five. He didn't return for the sixth.
     
"I'm not trying to make them swing and miss; I'm trying to make them hit it," he said. "It's just kind of the way it worked out today and ran my pitch count up. They did a good job laying off some pitches."
     
The Yankees led 1-0 on an RBI-double to right by Eduardo Nunez when Lyle Overbay's broken bat single scored Nunez. The following inning, Brett Gardner barely cleared the wall in right with a solo homer and that was the extent of the damage against Dempster.
     
"Neither of the (pitches to Overbay or Gardner) were strikes," said Dempster, "and Overbay's was a broken bat that just fell in the right spot. It's the kind of situation where you don't want to give them much to hit there and I didn't. I made him swing at a ball, and the ball fell in and that was enough to win the game.
     
"That's the way it goes sometimes. You just have to focus on trying to make those pitches and make as many quality pitches as you and can and hopefully, the results (are good)."
     
"I don't think the score (reflected) how well he threw, in my opinion," said catcher David Ross.
     
The loss dropped Dempster to 0-5 with a 7.29 ERA in his career against the Yankees.