Sunday, January 15, 2012
Neftali Feliz tries to move on past Game 6
By Richard Durrett
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Rangers reliever Neftali Feliz said that giving up the tying runs in the bottom of the ninth of Game 6 was something that "really, really upset me a lot."
"But I'm not mad at myself because I threw my pitch," said Feliz, who surrendered the game-tying double off the bat of David Freese after getting within one strike of the championship. "It just got hit."
Feliz said that after he watched Josh Hamilton hit the two-run homer in the top of the tenth, he was ready to pitch.
"I was upset," Feliz said through a translator before signing autographs at Rangers FanFest on Sunday at the Arlington Convention Center. "But after we hit the home run, I thought I was ready, but no one told me to pitch. When we got the lead back, I thought I was going to be able to come back because I was more calm and relaxed after that."
But Feliz was upset enough that Rangers manager Ron Washington and his staff decided he wasn't ready for the tenth inning and Darren Oliver came out to try to close the game. He was eventually relieved by Scott Feldman, who gave up the tying hit off the bat of Lance Berkman. The Cardinals won the game in the 11th on a home run to center by Freese off Mark Lowe.
"We talked about it and I thought about it," Feliz said of the loss. "Twice we were one strike away. But it didn’t happen. We have to move on. You don’t forget, but you try not to think too much about it."