Jon Rauch served up the game-deciding homer to Russell Martin on a hanging slider. And the 6-foot-11 right-hander was in no mood afterward to offer small talk about whether it was bad location, since the answer was clear.
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“What do you think?” Rauch said. “I mean, if I make good pitches, are they going to hit them?”
Rauch, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal in December to serve as the primary setup man to Frank Francisco, suffered his sixth loss this season. That’s now tied with Houston’s Fernando Rodriguez for the most by a major-league reliever.
“It pisses me off I’m not doing my job,” Rauch said. “Yeah, it’s frustrating. I’m glad I keep going out there getting opportunities to pitch. But it’s pretty disheartening to keep going out there and keep making mistakes that’s costing us games.”
Rauch had stayed in New York during the previous series in Washington to allow elbow irritation to heal. He insisted that is now a non-issue. He also disputed the team announcement that he has debris in the elbow. Rauch said the issue arose from two bones somehow awkwardly rubbing against each other. He took anti-inflammatory medication and the issue is now behind him, he insisted.
As for the decisive long ball from Martin, Rauch said: “You guys watched the game. He [expletive] hit it a mile. And I cost the game. I made a couple of good pitches and hung one and he hit the [expletive] out of it.
“Obviously I wasn’t looking to throw it where I threw it,” Rauch added. “…. I’m out there to get the guys out. Historically, I’ve done a pretty good job of it. But I’ve been pretty horse [expletive] this year.”