"To me, you pick and choose your spots," Collins said Saturday, some 12 hours after Francisco blew his second save in 10 chances. "He's been pitching so well lately. It's just one of those things. If you go to them after every game that they have a little rough outing, they get tired of hearing about it. He's a veteran guy. He knows exactly what's going on. He's got to get himself ready."
Though Francisco is still sporting a 6.59 ERA on the season, he had, indeed, been pitching better prior to Saturday, delivering four consecutive scoreless outings.
The closer stressed that he did "not feel bad" after Friday's blown save, in large part because he executed the pitches that he wanted to. The results simply were not there.
"I fight," Francisco said. "I was fighting out there with everything I have. Every time I go out there, I leave everything out there."