In a perfect world, Don Wakamatsu wouldn't be asked to explain Thursday a comment that was hardly vague when he made it a night earlier.
So when Wakamatsu said this of his pitcher losing a game on a changeup – "That's his third-best pitch, so it was a little questionable" – the response among some fans and the media was immediate.
"It's not about blame, it's about accountability," Wakamatsu said. "We're trying to move this team forward. Kenji called it. Carlos could have shaken him off. And I could have called the pitch from the bench.
All of this came up because Silva gave up a pair of two-run home runs in his loss, and both came on changeups.
"After a bad year, you can try to be too creative. Carlos can throw that sinking fastball 80 times in a row and be effective, that's the Silva I saw when he pitched here and was successful. He made hitters pound the ball into the ground, and we saw some of that last night."
"Carlos understood immediately," Wakamatsu said. "With Joh, it's a process of getting to know him, him getting to know me, both of us being on the same page. Missing all of spring training, we haven't had the chance to do that yet.