Hanrahan taking positives out of appearance

Hanrahan taking positives out of appearance
March 3, 2013, 7:45 pm
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FORT MYERS, Fla. --  Closer Joel Hanrahan, pitching the sixth inning, was charged with the loss as the Red Sox fell to the Yankees, 5-2, Sunday.
Entering in the sixth inning with the Sox leading, 1-0, on Mike Napoli’s second-inning home run, Hanrahan went two-thirds of an inning, giving up three runs, one earned, on two hits, two walks, a wild pitch, and one strikeout.
He struck out Zollo Almonte, looking, to open then inning. But Corban Joseph singled and Bobby Wilson reached on an error by third baseman Drew Sutton and was replaced by pinch-runner Austin Romine. A wild pitch from Hanrahan to Brett Gardner moved Joseph to third. Gardner  -- the only regular in the Yankees lineup  -- walked then was replaced by pinch-runner Ronnier Mustelier. Eduardo Nunez singled to right, scoring Joseph. Jayson Nix hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Romine. Juan Rivera reached on another error by Sutton, scoring Mustelier, and Dan Johnson walked, ending the day for  Hanrahan.
But, it wasn’t all bad for Hanrahan.
“There’s some positives to be taken out of it. I got my pitch count up,” he said, tongue in cheek. “There's definitely some positives you can take out of it. My arm felt good. Felt like I was throwing the ball pretty well. Got a couple ground balls, a double play ball.”
Manager John Farrell was satisfied with Hanrahan’s performance.
“I thought he threw the ball very well,” Farrell said. “Put the ball on the ground. A couple of plays extended the inning for him. But otherwise that would have been a clean inning of work for him.”
The mindset for some closers can be affected when they enter a game other than in their usual spot or without the game on the line. But, with the Sox holding a one-run lead, there were some similarities. But for Hanrahan, for now, it’s about getting in his work.
“It’s March 3,” he said. “You’re trying to get some work in. Obviously we were winning 1-0 in the situation so I didn’t want to give up a lead. The guys before me threw the ball well. You could still get work in. I think I struck out the first guy, and then broken bat hit, and things kind of unfolded from there.
“But I felt like I threw the ball alright. And there’s stuff to still work on. And some of the stuff I’ve been working on worked. I got a couple balls in on some lefties. They weren’t strikes but they kind of took them.  That’s something I’ve been working on in my bullpen.”
Another is getting familiar with catcher David Ross.
“Ross and I, we had a talk the other day about some things,” Hanrahan said. “Like where he wanted the ball in, where does he want it. We accomplished that today. So just getting to know each other, what do we want to do on two strikes. I told him, 'I liked what you did. I just didn’t execute my pitch.' Just trying to get people out.”
Ross was satisfied with what he saw from Hanrahan.
“Good fastball, sharp slider, he threw the ball really well, “ Ross said. “We didn’t play as well as we could have behind him. But I was really pleased with the way he pitched today. I think he threw a lot of first-pitch strikes, too, which is really nice.”