Ryan Dempster on D&C: 'We'll find a way to scrap together something' offensively

October 15, 2013 - 6:38 am
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Pitcher Ryan Dempster joined Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning, as the Red Sox prepare to face the Tigers in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series. The Red Sox are coming off a dramatic 6-5 victory in Game 2, breaking through late after struggling offensively for the first 16 innings of the series. "Good pitching is always going to neutralize good hitting. That's just reality," Dempster said. "You see last year the way in the World Series, look at the way the Giants pitched against a really good hitting ballclub, these guys, the Detroit Tigers. If you can execute pitches '€¦ "The thing about this team is we'll find a way to scrap together something. We did it in Tampa in the clincher there, the way we scored on a wild pitch and an infield single. I think it definitely helps. I think just as important as that bottom of the eighth inning was the sixth inning, where we gave up a four-spot and went out and answered back and scored a run off of Max Scherzer. "That, to me, was just as important of any inning in the whole entire game, because it just let them know like, 'Hey, that's great, you guys got a lead. We're going to continue to chip away and do what we need to do. And if you don't execute pitches, we're going to score some runs." That said, Dempster downplayed the emotional carryover from the Game 2 win. "You just put yourself in a position where you're not as far down," he said. "Every game is a game where you've got to go out and win in the playoffs. We could have been in a situation [down 2-0], but thankfully we're not. 'Just one game' has kind of been our motto all year. We go out there and we play. Just today, let's just worry about playing today's game. Not a series, not best-of-seven, not, 'Let's win four.' Let's just win today's game. That's how we approach it. "So, I think it's just one game. We're at 1-1 and we've got a big game today. Obviously we've got a huge task with Justin Verlander. But the confidence we're feeling from last game, and having [John Lackey] out on the mound, we like our chances." Demspter was warming up in the bullpen when David Ortiz hit his grand slam in the eighth inning Sunday. "Four-run homers, if you can hit those, especially in the playoffs, you like your chances," he said. "It's funny, I was throwing a pitch as [Joaquin] Benoit was throwing his pitch. I let go, and all of a sudden I hear the crowd going crazy. I'm trying to find the ball. "The way it all played out for me and from my angle was pretty hysterical. Our bullpen catcher catches my pitch and turns around and looks up and catches the homer. Here comes Torii Hunter kamikaze flying over the wall. I was just like, 'Did that all just really just happen?' What a night, what an event to happen." Much has been made about the chemistry in the Red Sox clubhouse this season and the role it appears to be playing in the team's success. "Chemistry definitely applies. I'm a huge believer in that," Demspter said. "I don't know where the line is, where chemistry leads to winning or winning leads to good chemistry. I don't really know where that lies. I know this team, we had good chemistry from the beginning of spring training. I think you guys saw that. You could feel that vibe. "It's paid off huge. Definitely for us, it's been a lot of fun because we've had a great year in the locker room, on the team travels, whether we're on the road or at home, and then definitely out on the field. I think for sure it pays its dividends, and it definitely plays a part." Dempster was removed from the rotation for the playoffs and designated for a bullpen role. He says he's happy to contribute any way he can. "One thing about our team is as soon as you walk through that door, you better check your ego," he said. "Because if you don't, everybody on our team is going to put you in your place right away. We're all doing the same thing, and that's going out there and just trying to win seven more ball games, and do it one game at a time. "You never know when it's going to be your time to go out there and contribute in a big way, whether you're coming out of the bullpen, coming off the bench, starting a game, whatever it is. I know one thing, is that whenever John [Farrell] goes out there and puts up his arm and calls for me, I'm going to be ready to go out there and get outs." To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.

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