Roy Oswalt was just outstanding on Thursday. You could tell early that he had his best stuff. He was commanding all of his pitches, and we just really felt like if we could get Roy a couple runs, we had a really good chance to win this ballgame. That's the way it worked out.
In the seventh inning, I put him in a horrible spot. I got a bad read on the ball that Yadier Molina hit that went over my head for a ground-rule double, but Roy just came up with big pitch after big pitch to strand the runner and get out of the inning. You can't say enough about the way he pitched in Game 2.
It was nice to start this game, and to contribute. I was glad I was able to help us get on the board early and get us a cushion late. I appreciate Phil Garner giving me an opportunity, and luckily I was able to do something with it.
Splitting the first two games in St. Louis was big. We've been put in so many tough spots all year long. We lost Game 1 on Wednesday and we were like, 'OK, let's get them tomorrow.' That's just the way we approached it all season. The tough spot we put ourselves early in the year has maybe prepared us well for this postseason. We usually bounce back well after a bad game, and Thursday was no different.
Every loss in the postseason is way more magnified, no doubt about it. You definitely don't want to put yourself in a hole. We knew on Thursday -- just like we know we've got Rocket on Saturday -- that we had Roy coming in, and we just feel like if we can scratch out a few runs, we've got a great shot. Hopefully, we can keep doing that the rest of the series and our boys can keep throwing like Roy did.
I've talked to a lot of reporters since I've been here, and it's definitely been weird to be getting so much media attention. I'm getting very tired about talking about myself. But I guess if they're talking to you, it means you're doing something right. Hopefully, I can keep helping us win.
Chris Burke's diary appears as told to Alyson Footer, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.