Matt Belisle was shocked by the quick hook by Pete Mackanin.
“I didn’t see that coming,” Belisle said.
Belisle gave up five runs in the fourth, including four on Fred Lewis’ grand slam, in the fourth.
New manager, new standard for what gets a starter pulled.
“I really like Matt Belisle,” Mackanin said. “He ran into some adversity and he didn’t show a lot of fortitude. It looked like he got out of synch. Unfortunately, it cost us that big inning.
“That obviously put a big hurt on us.”
The reason Belisle got pulled?
“For me, what it boiled down to is after the bit of adversity,” Mackanin said, “I didn’t like the quality of the stuff afterward. I can’t take the chance to send him out the next inning without the command of his pitches. I’m going to have to go to somebody else, and I’d rather give them a fresh start.
“Hey, this is the major leagues. You want these guys to develop .