Torres critical of blip in strong start
Saturday's game-tying run, not 2.08 ERA, nets hurler's attention
MILWAUKEE -- Salomon Torres will tell you in some cases, winning might not be a good thing.
He's not talking about the team in general, but rather his own personal win-loss record, which added another tally in the positive column Saturday in Milwaukee's 4-3 win over the Florida Marlins. Torres (3-0) now shares the team lead for victories with Ben Sheets, but the right-handed reliever isn't chirping about his record.
"I would have loved to have the hold, meaning that I did my job," said Torres, who allowed a game-tying run in his second inning of work Saturday. "I'm a little disappointed. We got the win, and that's what's most important, but as far as my job is concerned, I wasn't happy. I wasn't pleased giving up one run and letting the game be tied."
The stance is a hard one to take, given that Torres has been the club's most consistent reliever during the season's first month. Even after allowing the run to cross on a double-play groundout Saturday, Torres brought a 2.08 ERA into Sunday's game, having recently snapped a seven-appearance scoreless streak.
"I tend to be too hard on myself," Torres said. "I haven't been able to sit back and take a look at this whole month and take it in stride. With me, it's 'What have I done lately?' Like someone once said, I'm not here to talk about the past.
"Sometimes it's good to sit back and think about what you've done and build up your confidence by saying, 'Hey, you've been pretty good.' I'm not taking anything away from the fact that I've been OK. But last night, I could have been better."
JR Radcliffe is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.