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Saturday, August 20, 2011
Izzy and Frankie dissect appearances

By Adam Rubin

Francisco Rodriguez allowed three eighth-inning runs in his return to Citi Field as a visitor, but Jason Isringhausen failed to record an out and was charged with four runs a half-inning later as the Brewers rallied to beat the Mets, 11-9.

Here's what K-Rod and his successor as Mets closer had to say afterward ...

Isringhausen on appearance: “No excuse. I warmed up in the bullpen fine. I got out there and I just lost it. I couldn’t find the strike zone. Terry did the right thing when he did taking me out. Like I said, it’s on me. When guys come back, and our team comes back, and I go out there and do that, it’s just a debacle. I mean, it ranks right up there as one of the worst ones of my career inning-wise. Like I said, I don’t have any excuses. I just couldn’t find the strike zone.”

K-Rod on his biggest regret -- walking Ruben Tejada with two out to start the rally: “I didn’t execute with Tejada. I had him 0-2 and walked him. Pretty much I put myself in that situation right after that walk with two outs.”

K-Rod on Josh Thole's double off the glove of center fielder Jerry Hairston Jr. that plated Tejada and evened the score: “I thought it was a ball that had been caught. I didn’t notice the ball was on the ground. When I saw the runner (Tejada) already turning to second, and then second to third, I knew he was going to score easily after that.”

K-Rod on ensuing Angel Pagan two-run, tiebreaking homer: “It was right down the middle. Actually, the ball didn’t do anything. It just flattened out -- right down the middle. … Twice before that pitch the ball dove, so that means I finished it. And that one I didn’t finish. That’s why it stood up right down the middle.”