CLEVELAND -- Relievers are trained to have short memories, but nothing helps more than having a good outing as soon as possible in the wake of a bad one.
In that sense, Indians setup man Vinnie Pestano was happy he was able to have a critical appearance in Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Blue Jays. With two runners aboard and one out in the eighth inning, the right-hander entered and struck out Edwin Encarnacion and Brett Lawrie to end a threatening Toronto rally.
"That was pretty much the game plan going out there," Pestano said. "I didn't want to give them any opportunity to try to put the ball in play and flick something between the infielders or over somebody's head."
Pestano also wanted to quickly move on from his previous appearance.
On Saturday afternoon, Pestano entered in the ninth inning with Cleveland and Toronto stuck in a 2-2 tie. Blue Jays second baseman Kelly Johnson slugged a leadoff homer off Pestano in the ninth -- a misstep that helped lead to a tiring 12-inning game.
"You're only going to be as good as your last outing," said Pestano, who had a 2.32 ERA with 84 strikeouts as a rookie last year. "So the quicker you can get a bad one behind you, the better it is. You try not to let [the rough outings] affect you, but that doesn't necessarily mean that they don't kind of stick with you."
After striking out Lawrie to end the eighth inning on Sunday, Pestano let out a yell and pumped his fists as he left the field.
"To get out there and contribute in a positive way to the team," Pestano said, "you can't really get much better than that. Putting the team in that situation [on Saturday] and then coming in the next day to get a chance to redeem myself, that was huge."