PHILADELPHIA -- In his short time with the Phillies, Josh Lindblom hasn't exactly seen the results he had hoped for.
Acquired from the Dodgers in the Shane Victorino trade on July 31, Lindbolm entered Thursday with an 0-1 record and an 7.88 ERA since coming to Philadelphia. With the Dodgers, the 25-year-old right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.02 ERA.
"As a competitor and as an athlete, you want to do well no matter where you're at," Lindblom said. "The results haven't been there. There's been some execution stuff where I haven't executed pitches. But it's part of baseball. It's part of the game, being able to deal with failure and deal with struggles."
In the seventh inning of Wednesday's game against the Reds, Lindblom retired the side in order.
But when he came back out for the seventh, he threw a fastball down and inside to Jay Bruce that came back over the plate. Bruce launched it off the second deck in right field for a solo homer. It became the game's deciding run in a 3-2 loss.
Lindblom said many of his recent problems have stemmed from pitching behind in the count too often. But aside from the one pitch to Bruce on Wednesday, he feels that his fastball command has improved, and he has been getting ahead more in his last couple outings.
"It's all about learning and growing and getting to know yourself better," he said. "I'm just battling through it because I know that this is just a blip on the radar. Obviously, you want to throw well, but at the same time you aren't always going to go out and dominate. It's a matter of making adjustments to the league, and to yourself as well.
"It still is an adjustment process, and I'll work through this just like any other struggles or blips I've had. There's still a month left. Just continue to focus on knowing that there's going to be another outing tomorrow and just finishing strong."