4/9 Silva misses chance for 1st "W"
Carlos Silva deserved better Friday night. The right-hander was pulled after throwing 71 pitches over six innings against the Reds because of soreness in his shoulder. He apparently hurt it when he fell off the mound trying to get a grounder in the fourth.
“The only thing I was doing today as the same thing I did in Spring Training was try to use all my pitches and try to command my pitches,” Silva said. “Before I came to the field I was a little nervous. The only thing I tried to put in my mind was the catcher’s glove and you. You and the catcher’s glove, and forget about everything else.”
Rookie Esmailin Caridad served up a grand slam in the eighth inning as the Reds beat the Cubs, 5-4. Lou Piniella will be able to tweak the pitching staff once Ted Lilly returns. The left-hander was scheduled to make his next to last Minor League start on Sunday for Triple-A Iowa. Silva’s role is not in jeopardy.
“He did his job,” Piniella said of the right-hander. “He pitched very well. We’ve had three really nice starts in a row and we’ve won one ballgame. That’s not good.”
The players know it.
“It’s hard — we should be 3-1 right now,” Silva said. “I think we’re playing good enough. This is hard because later on, you’re going to need these wins, especially in this division.”
— Carrie Muskat