What can you say, Cliff Lee pitched a great game and hat’s off to him. He had good stuff and it showed. He was pounding the strike zone and we couldn’t do anything about it. Hard to get down against anybody especially him, he goes deep into games.
I mean, they did everything that we didn’t do. They out-pitched us, they out-hit, they did it all. It was one of those games. I won’t say you laugh about it, but we’ve got another game tomorrow and we can tie it at 2-2. We got worked tonight. We bounce back from things like this really quick. Come 8 o’clock tomorrow we’ll be a much different club.
This was just one of those games you’ve got to forget about. We face Blanton and we can just tie the series again. I don’t know what’s up with the offense, but we just faced two tough pitchers in Pedro and Lee and they got the best of us the last two games and we still won one of the game. We just didn’t have it today and they came out today and really out-hit us.
I’m not hitting the ball that well right now. But I’m going out there, playing hard. We know how to play. No pressure. We’ve got Randy going tomorrow and he always gives us a good chance to win a game. We’ve just got to keep fighting. That’s how we do it, keep fighting all the way.
In the clubhouse now — our workout just ended and I’m watching the OU-Texas game. It’s looking bad now for my OU boys. Five turnovers, terrible. And they’re still trying to run the ball — negative 14 yards in the fourth quarter. We need to go to something else. It’s not working. They’ve got a young buck in their QB. Bradford hurt himself. It’s not looking good right now. This is the most sloppy OU game I’ve seen in a long time.
This is what we do on Saturday, chill around, watch some footbal before we play. Everybody is watching their team play — no one around here has Texas. George Sherrill and myself are OU fans. No Texas boys here. Clayton Kershaw likes Texas Tech.
OU, they’re making a lot of mistakes today. You can’t make mistakes and expect to win, that goes for football and it goes for baseball. We haven’t made too many mistakes and we can’t afford to if we’re going to win this series. Let them make the mistakes and we’ve got to capitalize on them.
Fans here, they’re rowdy man. Just like we had on our side in L.A., their fans are loud, too — just as loud as our fans. Fans can make it hard. I don’t know if it’s pressure, but it might rattle you a little bit. We know how to go into it. Last year, I think the Phillies found ways to win and it wasn’t about the fans. The outcome was always in their favor. This year, it’s different. What happened last year makes us want it even more this year.
We need to score quick, what we did in St. Louis and what we did in Chicago last year. With Philadelphia, you’ve got to keep scoring. Look at them yesterday. They scored one run, but they didn’t keep scoring and we stayed close and won it late.
The weather, I don’t think it will be that bad. We have to play in it and they have to play in it. They’re not really used to it any more than we are, maybe a little earlier in the year. Once you get moving around, you don’t worry about the weather, you just worry about the win. So, tonight I’m going to get some dinner, watch the South Carolina-Alabama game and go about my business. We’ve got a lot of time to chill until the game tomorrow night.
We came to the park today, you couldn’t tell what happened last night. That’s the way we’ve been all year. If something doesn’t go our way, we forget about it. We came in relaxed today. We haven’t let anything get to us all year, we weren’t going to let that game get to us. We don’t let anything rattle us.
Now it’s 1-1 and now we go to Philly. We know there will be a hostile crowd, so we have to keep the same momentum as we had today. It was kind of cool to see Kobe there today by the batter’s box, an NBA champion wearing an L.A. hat like that, it got me pumped. The fans were great. They know how we can come back, they know the kind of club we are and how we’re always in the game.
Andre, what a great at-bat that was with the shadow and a tough lefty. Andre didn’t get a hit today but he helped the team win. Better than a hit. Pedro had us a bit off-balance, but we got him out of the game and got to their bullpen and won the game. Hat’s off the Pedro, he pitched an excellent game, we just got there at the end. We’ve been like that all year, we just keep on pushing to the end of the game.
Padilla was huge today. He kept it close so we could come back. And in that inning, we just grind it out. They made an error and we took advantage. ‘Dre had a great at-bat. That’s the thing about us. I struck out, ‘Dre picked me up. It’s been like that all year, the guy behind me or the guy ahead of me, we pick each other up. We’ve got a lot of fight in us. With ‘Dre, there’s always something special going to happen. Coming into the playoffs he wasn’t swinging that good, now he’s come alive. He’s a big reason why we are where we are.
It was kind of frustrating the way we hit the ball tonight. We worked their starter and got him out of the game and had a good chance of winning. We probably should have scored more runs. They got the key hits and walks in big situations. We played pretty well, that’s just the way baseball is. We have to come back tomorrow with the same swag and do it over again.
It was a battle of the bullpens. We hit, they hit. They just won tonight. You can’t just score one run and think you can beat them. I’m not worried about Clayton Kershaw, he just lost his groove for a second. He’ll bounce back and do even better than he did tonight.
I like the way we kept coming back. We don’t ever give up. That’s the mentality that had us win 95 games and we have to have the same mentality tomorrow and try to get a win. I like our chances with Vicente Padilla. He pitched well in St. Louis. We’ve just got to hit the ball and get some runs for him.
The Phillies haven’t changed a bit. They find ways to win, like we do. We’ve got to find a way to get more wins than them.
It’s time to play baseball. We had four days off to get our legs under us. We were still working hard, lifting weights, taking batting practice in the cage, watching video. Everything we had to do to prepare for the games. We’re excited and ready to go. Tomorrow is another big day, we’ve got four tough pitchers to face, and hopefully we’ll have the same approach and same outcome as when we faced the Cardinals.
Once we got home, I’ve been hanging out with a friend, he’s an R&B singer – Tank – I’m sure everybody knows who he is. We kind of celebrated, had some good seafood and caught a Clippers game with my people, and got to see Blake Griffin play for the first time and I was excited about that. Baron Davis and Rasual Butler were excited for us. Baron Davis comes to a lot of our games and he loves baseball and he told me it’s time for us to win a championship. Other than that, just been chillin’ out and letting my body rest. I feel good, no flu for me like some of the guys and I’m staying away from everybody, washing my hands a million times. No shaking hands, just a little tap.
I’m looking forward to playing back in our home. We believe it really is a home-field advantage. It’s tough playing in Philly but it’s tough for a visiting team playing here. Our fans are rowdy and with white towels they’ll be waving. I hope they’ll be more crazy and loud than when we played St. Louis. The fans are definitely a factor. When you have great fans, it makes you more confident. I’m not going to say it scares the other team, but maybe it’s a little rattling with all the noise. We’ll see how that works.