Postgame: Cordero hears you

Francisco Cordero has 31 saves in 37 attempts but also now has 34 walks in 52 1/3 innings this season. Two walks and a single tonight put him in another pickle in the ninth before he and the Reds hung on for a 5-4 win over the Marlins.

Cordero isn’t oblivious to the boos he’s been hearing. And give him credit, he’s not shifting the blame to you, the media, the mound, the weather, bad pre-game food, the fog at the PGA Championship or poor season debut the other night of American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior.

Tonight after the game, Cordero blamed himself. Here are the extended quotes. I couldn’t get them all into my story.

“I have to stop walking people,” Cordero said. “I’ve got to do that or it’s going to be like that every time. I see how upset the fans are with me. I understand that. Every time I walk someone, that guy comes in to score. It’s not like I’m giving up a lot of base hits. It’s walks. I really don’t know what to say about that. It’s not my style. It’s not me. I’ve never been like that my whole career. I have to keep working and try to be better every time out.”

“I created that myself, walking people. I’ve got nobody to blame but myself. Putting me in that situation, putting the team in that situation and putting the fans in that situation, it’s why they’re upset with me right now. I’ve been walking too many guys. [The fans] have been great, unbelievable to the team. They’re coming out on the road, coming out a lot to the stadium. They want to win. Putting the fans in that situation is not fair.

“In the end, we got to go home happy. I know they got to go home happy.”


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