Hagadone cites command lapse for rough outing

Hagadone cites command lapse for rough outing

CLEVELAND -- Things didn't quite go as planned for Nick Hagadone in his last appearance.

The reliever entered in the seventh inning of Saturday's 7-6 win at Detroit with the Tribe leading by five runs. He promptly loaded the bases by allowing a first-pitch double to Victor Martinez and issuing walks to Matt Tuiasosopo and Jhonny Peralta. Tuiasosopo saw only four pitches.

That was it for Hagadone.

"I think it was just one of those days when my command wasn't there," the lefty said on Monday. The pitcher tipped his cap to Martinez but said the sequence against Tuiasosopo is something "that just can't happen."

After getting ahead of Peralta, 0-2, Hagadone "just didn't make a pitch."

"He ended up having a great at-bat and fighting off pitches and ended up walking," Hagadone said.

All three baserunners scored with Cody Allen pitching in relief of Hagadone. The outing more than doubled Hagadone's ERA, which rose from 2.08 to 5.19.

"It's been pretty good overall," Hagadone said. "But no, I've definitely had other outings where my stuff wasn't there. Sometimes you get lucky and you get out of the inning without getting hurt, and sometimes you don't. I didn't last time."

In 8 2/3 innings this season, Hagadone has struck out 11 and walked eight. He has yet to allow a home run.

"When I'm ahead in the count, it enables me to be a lot more successful," Hagadone said. "They can't eliminate my slider if I'm ahead in the count and if I'm throwing that for strikes."

In three Major League seasons, Hagadone is 2-0 with a 5.60 ERA across 45 innings.

Mark Emery is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.