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Greg Holland on home run by Hosmer: ‘They don’t pay me to get close’

Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Greg Holland threw in the ninth inning on Wednesday.
Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Greg Holland threw in the ninth inning on Wednesday. jsleezer@kcstar.com

The pitch that Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer sent into the right-field stands at Kauffman Stadium on Wednesday night was an 85.4-mph slider.

The man who threw it — Rockies closer Greg Holland — admitted it was not a great pitch.

“It was up in the zone. It was pretty much a hanger,” Holland told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. “There were not a whole lot of positives today. They don’t pay me to get close, they pay me to get the job done.”

It was the fourth time in his last six games this month that Holland, the former Royal, allowed multiple runs in an outing. He’s given up a home run in three of those contests and has a 21.60 ERA (12 earned runs in five innings) in that span.

While disappointed in the loss, Holland expects that he’ll bounce back.

“Sleep on it, wake up the next day and be ready to go do it again,” Holland told Tom Harding of MLB.com. “That’s part of it. The good ones keep their struggles to a minimum, so that time frame doesn’t last as long.

“That’s part of learning how to be a relief pitcher, coming back. Have the ability to get out there the very next day, or soon after that.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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