Tazawa Press Conference
Last night, Junichi spoke to me after the game.
Junichi Tazawa transcript (May 12, 2009) after start in Trenton
6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 SO – improved to 4-2 (4-0 on
the road)…has won three straight starts on the road and owns 3 of 4 quality
starts for the team.
Q: After last start
you wanted to throw your fastball more, did you throw it as much as you wanted
JT: Yes I did. I felt like it was coming
along good and I was able to throw it more for strikes.
Q: Your approach on 2 strike counts?
JT: I throw many split-finger fastballs today with two strikes.
Q: Are you feeling more comfortable with that pitch?
JT: Today the mound was high and the angle was nice to throw the split (finger
Q: Getting more confidence in your overall stuff?
JT: Right now I have good communication with catcher (John Otness) so my
confidence level keeps going up.
Q: Mounds in Japan higher?
JT: It depends on ballpark. But today’s
mound was very high.
Q: How do you like pitching on the road?
JT: I like to throw at home (Hadlock Field, Portland, ME) because I get to see
more fans and hear them cheering.
Q: Have you noticed the difference in the atmosphere at home
from other teams in the league?
JT: I’m a challenger, so it’s different everywhere I go.
Q: You faced Trenton for the first time…is that an advantage
not seeing these hitters?
JT: Trenton is a Yankees affiliate, I was thinking the fans were going to be a
lot tougher but I had a lot of confidence going into tonight.
Q: Are you communicating with friends and family often?
JT: By e-mail everyday but not by phone.
Q: How’s your English coming along?
JT: Not so good.