Jose Berrios threw 98 pitches Wednesday, his lowest pitch count since being knocked out after just 5 ⅓ innings in Anaheim on May 10. But manager Paul Molitor said he wasn't tempted to allow Berrios to go back out for the seventh inning Wednesday, not after he pitched out of significant trouble in the third, fifth and sixth innings.
"He knows that it's the next pitch [that's important] a lot better than he used to, and that you can't change circumstances once they happen," Molitor said. "To get out of those jams, especially that second-and-third, [was] just trying to make the next pitch as best he can."
Still, Molitor said, 98 pitches and six innings were plenty from the 24-year-old.
"We know he's got the stuff to be able to get out of trouble from time to time. But it's one of those nights where they were able to find ways to give him trouble," Molitor said. "We didn't want to push him past where he was because it was a hard fight to get through six."