ST. PETERSBURG — Rookie lefty Shane McClanahan said he learned a lot in his last start.
In part because of how he pitched against the Yankees, allowing two runs and being responsible for two others that scored after he was lifted in the fourth. And in part because of how he handled himself after being taken out, yelling at pitching coach Kyle Snyder in the dugout.
“It’s awful to say, but you learn more from your bad outings than you do your good outings,” McClanahan said. “When everything’s going good, you might overlook some things. When a bad outing happens, you really get a chance to step back and look at it from a different perspective of what I could have done differently or what I can do differently next time.”
Specifically last Wednesday, McClanahan, 24, felt he wasn’t attacking enough.
“I feel like I didn’t do a good job of throwing with 100 percent intent,” he said. “There were some pitches I was hesitant on, I didn’t throw with full conviction. So I think next outing, I want to go out there and just attack the zone, throw everything with full intent.”
As for his actions in the dugout?
“This game’s a learning process,” he said. “Rich Hill’s still learning. We talked about that; he’s been in the game for a long time. You learn throughout the years, and you keep learning. So I’m still not a finished product. I don’t think anybody is. I’m not going to apologize for being competitive, but I could have went about it in a different way.”
Like Tyler Glasnow on Tuesday, McClanahan will be pitching Wednesday with two extra days of rest (six total) as part of a plan by the team to limit their workload.
McClanahan, a USF product, was excited to see the Bulls advance for the first time to the super regionals, one step from the College World Series. And even more so that to get there they beat Florida, which happens to be where catcher Mike Zunino went to school.
“We’ve got to win a national championship before I can really come at Z that hard, but I gave him a little banter in the locker room when we beat them — and a little more when South Alabama beat them 9-1,” McClanahan said.
He didn’t make a friendly wager with Zunino — like having to wear the winning school’s jersey — out of respect and “because I was afraid of what he wanted me to do.”
Zunino, a rabid Gators fan, took the loss and the teasing well. “He can pick and choose his battles, I guess,” Zunino said. “I will hear about this for a while. But I do believe that there’s a matchup this year in football. So we’ll see how that happens.”
⋅ Austin Meadows’ hitting streak ended at 10 games.
⋅ Tuesday was the first day under a new league-union agreement that media were allowed back on the field for pre-game interviews, the first face-to-face sessions since spring training 2020 was halted and Zoom was utilized. “It’s nice to have in-person conversations, without a doubt,” Cash said.
⋅ Attendance was 7,173 with Tropicana Field capacity increased to around 20,000. The lower bowl is back in standard seating configuration; distanced seating is available in the 200 level, the upper deck is again closed.
⋅ Dave Martinez, who last week became the winningest manager in Nationals history, and pitching coach Jim Hickey — both former longtime Rays coaches — enjoyed being back at the Trop. “It’s always good to come back here,” Martinez said.
⋅ The umpires huddled and approached the Rays dugout after the eighth to confirm they knew they had only one mound visit remaining.
⋅ Lefty-swinging second baseman Brandon Lowe, who is 4-for-60 against lefties this season, was not in the lineup against Jon Lester, but Cash said he will be on Wednesday to face lefty Patrick Corbin.
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