It's not going to be easy. And nothing worthwhile is easy.
He just struggled all night long. They weren't smashing balls all over the place. They hit some balls off the end of the bat and they found some holes.
I thought we had a chance after that.
(Davis) tried to overthrow a breaking ball (to Burke) and he hung it.
I think his improvement has come more on the mental side than the physical side.
Those kind of games come down to one big hit. Helling and Oswalt both pitched outstanding, and then Lidge came in and did an awesome job. Dana battled to get two outs and then got a pitch up to Bagwell and that was it. It was a great game.
Pitch counts have gotten into everybody's brain. Guys make so much money now. You want to protect your investment. You don't want to abuse your pitchers.
We're not there yet.
His elbow is sore. We're not going to bring a guy up who's hurt.
It's more of a reward to him for doing such a great job down there.
We're a player short for a day or two because of Branyan. We thought it was more important to have an extra player on the bench. It's only for, what, five games because we're off Monday. And if we run into pitching problems we can always turn right around and bring someone up.
(Cappy) had pretty good stuff but he fell back behind and you can't do that against St.Louis. We're glad we could get the win for him.
To fall behind 2-0 and then come back and score two runs and then again to fall back by four runs, making it 6-2, and tying it up in the bottom of that innings against the guy the caliber of Carpenter is a good feeling. We had a lot of timely hits. Overbay and Billy Hall had big nights. Even Cappy had two big hits to help his cause.
But that's just a start, it's not where we ultimately want to be. I'm tired of being labeled a loser for 12 years. If you lose one more game than you win, then that's what you are. It doesn't matter where you finish (in the division). I don't want anybody to call us a loser again.
I told our guys it's very important for us to go home this winter and not give anybody the ability to call us losers again. They've been called that for 12 straight years.