I was trying to get the ball in, and he was reminding me of that. In games, I have been missing over the plate. It was helpful to have him out there for a quick fix right in the middle of things.
More Quotes from Joe Blanton:When I came up last year, we were battling them for a playoff spot just like we are now. Any time we play each other it's a big series and every game is right down to the last pitch, for the most part.
The (pitch to Rivera) was a fastball in and that's something I need to work on.
I'm just getting more comfortable all the time. I'm trying to find the strike zone more with my offspeed pitches and my fastballs.
I've definitely watched him over the years. It's neat anytime you get to pitch against somebody who has been around for so long and had such great success.
We were 15 games under .500, and Barry always remained positive. We started bad, and he never gave up. He kept pushing us. He's 27 now, with six years in the big leagues and a Cy Young Award. We didn't want to lose a great teammate.
I want a win anytime. It's just big getting the first game in a place like this. Hopefully, it will get our confidence going.
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