The bottom line is winning, and I never like to lose. And it's terrible what happened to Jake [Peavy], with his ribs. He's been our horse all year. Now we have to go out and get it done for him. There were some good things, some really good things, to take from this first game against the Cardinals, and we have to keep on pushing now. First and foremost, we came back. We showed some heart and character, coming back in the late innings the way we did. What you should do each and every game is build on positives, and we've got some to build on for this second game on Thursday.More
We had good at-bats and made good things happen -- not just late against their bullpen, but early in the game against Chris Carpenter. We made him work, but we just couldn't come up with that big hit we needed against him. You can't dwell on that, though -- and we didn't. We kept battling, and we had one of our clutch hitters all year (Ramon Hernandez) up there with a chance to win the game. Another big positive was our bullpen. They've done it all year, and they shut those guys down after Jake left the game. That's a tough lineup to shut down, but our guys took care of that and it enabled us to make a game out of it. When I came up to pinch-hit against Randy Flores in the eighth, I was just looking to get on base, get something started. He got ahead of me with two strikes and hung a curveball, and I put good wood on it and got it up in the seats. Maybe it helped us get going a little. In the ninth, we made their closer (Jason Isringhausen) work. He had to throw a lot of pitches, and that was key. It might be different if they get in a tight situation in the next game. We kept the train moving in that ninth inning, guys doing their part, getting big hits and moving the train -- and we almost pulled it off. We have to take this same aggressive, positive attitude into Game 2. This was great for all the guys who haven't been in the postseason before, getting their feet wet. A lot of guys got involved in this first game and made contributions. That can only help now. We're going to need everybody now, especially without Jake. But we can get it done. We just have to build on those positives -- and keep the train moving.
Eric Young's diary appears as told to MLB.com reporter Lyle Spencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less