A quick look at the linescore showing Kyle Drabek giving up three second-inning runs to the Pittsburgh Pirates here Wednesday might lead to the conclusion that the patches being applied to Drabek's delivery aren't taking.

Neither Drabek nor manager John Farrell believe that to be true.

Drabek erased the first four Pirates he faced in order, using all his pitches effectively. Then he gave up an opposite field homer, two hard-hit doubles, a walk and another single before Travis Snider ended the session by throwing out a runner at the plate.

In the retelling, Drabek felt he had thrown some key strikes that were not called but that he didn't lose his composure as has happened so often in the past.

"Although I didn't get some pitches that I needed and that were strikes, it didn't bother me," he said. "You still have to execute the next pitch. Some I did, some I didn't."