JOHN GIBBONS: Well, I mean, he's banged up. He plays every day. But there's a few of them out there as well. He's mentioned to me a couple of times the last couple of years late in the season I'm riding him into the ground.
When you're an MVP-caliber player you're supposed to be out there, right? That's a joke. But he makes things happen. You look at that game -- you know, Matt Bush was dealing. What a job he did. And Josh comes up with the -- not trying to hit a home run, just took that great swing, the double in the gap to set that all up.
But for a guy that's really a true slugger, I mean, he uses the whole field. He's a smart player. He'll take a single when that's more valuable than sitting there and trying to yank everything.
So that's really -- but those two guys, the first guys here that you have seen in that group out there that kind of changed the culture a little bit.
Q. What was your take on the whole game? Texas refused to go away and each time or three of the four times they put runs on the board, your team answered.
JOHN GIBBONS: I thought it was a battle for Sanchy. As good as he's been this year, they were tough on him down in Texas earlier in the season.
You know, they arguably have the best lineup, best team in baseball, you look at what they've done. The American League is loaded. But they were right there at the top.
And so but it was a battle. I mean, they've got such a good team, you knew they weren't going to go down without fighting, that's for sure. They scored and it was key I think when we bounced back got on the board and was back and forth.
It really came down to the end. Both teams pretty much used up their bullpen trying to win that thing. From our point of view, that's really a big win, because we used Osuna for two innings and a good chance he couldn't pitch tomorrow. We were rolling the dice there and you've got to get some breaks in this game, too.
You know, that game-ending play, that's not a normal Big League type of ending to a game. You see it occasionally because good base running is involved, guys busting it, what have you, you put pressure on guys.
But that's kind of rare. But a lot of times when things are going your way that's the kind of things that happens.
Q. How do you feel moving on in the second year in a row? These three games looked like every strength of your team was sort of on display at different times?
JOHN GIBBONS: What we do -- we get criticized a lot for it, is we're very -- we rely upon that home run ball. You know what, whether you like it or not that's the kind of players we have.
And when we run into a little drought you come up empty a lot of nights, low-scoring games, that kind of thing. Really it was a tough September. We battled.
We really picked it up at the end just to get in. And since the month has turned over to October, it kind of looks like the old team. But pitching's held up very good all year. And we're leaning heavy on that bullpen.
That's why, you don't win this tonight you're not feeling too good tomorrow, because we are banged up. Now you get a few days off to catch your breath a little bit, which is really, really big for our group, I think. But you know, we are who we are. We have to slug it out. That's really our identity.
It's not a lot you can do about it. And when that's off, it's off, you know.
Q. How do you feel about moving on the second year?
JOHN GIBBONS: What a great thrill. We had that big series with Texas last year, down, came back and won that. A new experience for a lot of us, myself and a lot of guys on the team, except maybe three or four of them. So that was very gratifying.
We liked our team coming in. But like I said, it was a battle getting in. Now that we're in we're enjoying it a little more.
I sensed this whole series more of a calmness, confidence than I felt last year with everybody.
And that's experience and the belief that they can do something. But who knows who the opponent is, but I think it's huge we get a few days off anyway. And we matched up good against Boston. We match up good -- we've had some barn-burners against Cleveland. So we'll wait and see what happens.
Q. With the six wins in a row, is it better to kind of keep going? Or you mentioned a little bit about having the four days off. Is that going to help guys like Travis, Liriano and even Benoit?
JOHN GIBBONS: I don't think it will do much more Benoit at this moment, but everyone else needs it. Primarily our pitching staff with those bullpen guys.
I have confidence in them all, but these last few weeks have been leaning on guys, you know what they can do. And they're pretty gassed right now. That's why I'm glad the game ended when it did. If it keeps going, no telling.
But from that end of it, I think we desperately need a couple of days off. From the momentum type thing, you'd like to keep playing, but I think the time off will be a little more valuable to us.
Q. We heard Travis was available potentially. Was there a point in the game late in the game when it was close that it was an option for you to consider bringing him in?
JOHN GIBBONS: He was available in an emergency type situation. You know, somebody goes down, that kind of thing. Otherwise we're just going to let it ride. But hopefully these few days will help him out, too.