7/1 Silva has good stuff & good advice

Carlos Silva notched his 12th quality start on Thursday, has a 2.90 ERA at Wrigley Field and may be headed to the All-Star Game. He”ll find out Sunday when the teams are announced.

“To be honest, I’m looking forward to being there,” Silva said. “It would be really fun and really nice and not only for myself but for my family, especially after the last two years. This year we’ve been blessed by God. I’m not going to lie to you — it would be a big honor for me if they pick me. I’m looking forward to doing that.”

He didn’t get a decision Thursday as the Reds rallied for a 3-2, 10-inning win. What was the difference?

“I tried to stay focused on every pitch that [Geovany Soto] called and I tried to concentrate on where I wanted to throw that pitch,” Silva said. “I think that’s been a little different this year. The years before, I used to get very upset when I got hit or gave up a hit. Today, I was like, ‘One-run ball, I can get out of it.’ That was my mentality. I just tried to stay positive and trust myself.”

Silva had some advice for his teammates — and delivered it in a rational, civil way.

“I think we have to win every single series, not only [against] Cincinnati because we’re playing Cincinnati now,” Silva said. “We have to pick it up a little more, we have to start winning games. I’m never going to talk bad about my team or get upset because we’re not scoring runs but we need to pick it up.

“I know my team is trying — maybe they’re trying too hard,” he said. “In their mind, they may be thinking we have to score runs, we have to score runs. I think we have to loosen up a little bit and go out there and have fun and whatever happens, happens.”

The fans were a little restless on Thursday.

“I don’t blame them,” Derrek Lee said. “They probably feel how we feel. We want to get it done, try to do one thing. It’s about results, and we all know that. We understand their frustration.”

— Carrie Muskat


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