CLEVELAND -- Derek Holland was happy with the way he pitched on Saturday night, even though he missed out on a second shutout and victory at Progressive Field. Holland, who is from central Ohio and had many friends and family in attendance, took a three-hit shutout into the eighth inning, before the Indians rallied to tie the game.
Holland, who had thrown a shutout against the Indians last year at Progressive Field, had allowed 12 runs over 13 innings in his previous two outings before pitching much better on Saturday.
"I thought it was good," Holland said. "I continued to do what I did before. I just wasn't catching as much of the plate as I had been with my offspeed pitches, and that was one of the best games I've had as far as command of my fastball."
Holland wasn't happy with the three walks he allowed. He also wasn't happy that of the six baserunners he allowed through seven innings, five reached base with two outs. That was one reason why manager Ron Washington went to the mound in the fourth inning after Holland issued a two-out walk to Travis Hafner, and then fell behind 2-0 to Shin-Soo Choo.
"He didn't yell at me like he has before," Holland said. "He just told me to slow down, make my pitch and get out of this."
Holland did. He threw one more pitch and Choo flied out to left to end the inning.
"You got to do what you're told," Holland said.