WILLIE RANDOLPH: I think the Cardinals,
they battled back and they got some tough 0-2 hits
and must have fouled off 60, 70 pitches and tried
to put the ball back in the game and that's how you
get back, scratching and clawing. I think we had a
few 0-2 hits, things that basically had to do with
missing location. We had some decent pitches at
times but I give them a lot of credit for battling
back. Any time you fight balls off like that and get
two-out hits, you know, you kind of tip your hat.
We just have to get that back tomorrow.
We kind of let that one slip away, but we have to
come back tomorrow.
Can you talk about Wagner.
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Obviously he had to
challenge Taguchi at that point in time, you could
see where the location was, he jumped on a
fastball and knocked it out.
A couple of questions: No. 1,
Delgado and how he came through today.
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, he's been
huge all year for us. I mean, he's in a nice groove
right now. When he's hitting the ball solid the other
way like that and through the middle, he's just an
unbelievable hitter. He takes this opportunity, the
first post-season, to show everyone what a great
player, great hitter he is, and you've got to start it.
We couldn't hold on to it, but he kept us going
through some big home runs.
And your decision to stay with
Maine as he struggled through the second and
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, he was
struggling. I mean, his pitch count was up and he
had like five walks and even though his hit total
was only a couple hits, I thought he was struggling
all night and I wanted to, you know, give us a
chance to stay in the game.
I like the matchup with Bradford with the
right-hander, so we had Bradford going and he did
a nice job for us.
Did you think about pulling him a
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Not necessarily.
Again, only had given up two hits and kind of he
escaped a couple of innings there where he got
out of some tough jams. You don't want to go to
your bullpen too early in a situation like that, so
pulled him when I did.
Have you used the bullpen a little
more in the first two games than you may have
liked to, either in terms of innings or pitch
count, and how does it stand going forward
with three games the next three days?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: No, you do what you
do at the time, make a decision. Our bullpen is
resilient and strong. Most pitchers have gone that
many innings many times. This time of year,
everyone is ready to go. Everybody's ready to
take the ball and my guys love to pitch, so do what
you've got to do.
I think the number they gave was 46
or 47 straight games with a lead in the sixth
that you guys have not given up, now you
have. This is perhaps the biggest challenge or
maybe gut check that this team has faced all
year after kind of cruising. Do you know how
they will react?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, we've had
bigger challenges than this. I mean, you know,
we're even right now. We'll get back at it tomorrow
and pick up a W. But we've had much bigger
challenges than this and we always respond.
We've responded all year. I don't think we're going
to change now.
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