CHICAGO -- Jake Westbrook was a little bit rusty and quite a bit wild on Opening Day. But was rookie catcher Lou Marson was equally responsible for the club-record-tying four wild pitches tossed by Westbrook in his four-plus innings of work?
Manager Manny Acta didn't think so.
"Any time you bounce a ball, it has to be on you," Acta said. "Just like infielders throwing to first base. ... It's not easy to block pitches in the dirt. It's very unpredictable at times."
Marson admitted after the 6-0 loss to the White Sox that he could have done a better job blocking those pitches. But he also told Acta during the game that Westbrook's changeups -- all of the wild pitches came on changeups -- were getting more downward action at U.S. Cellular Field than they did in Arizona during spring camp.
When asked if the transition from Arizona's dry air to the conditions in Chicago might have played a part in the wildness, Westbrook said he didn't think so.
"It was just a matter of me not getting those pitches to the plate," he said. "I was maybe concentrating [too much] on not leaving one up."
Westbrook became the third pitcher in Tribe history to throw four wild pitches in a game, joining Steve Hargan (May 3, 1965) and Sam McDowell (July 10, 1961 and Sept. 12, 1964).