WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, tonight
Suppan pitched well, pitched real well. We'll turn
the page and be ready to play tomorrow.
Put the ball in play and they made some
great defensive plays behind him. Every time they
seemed to get a little something going, they made
some nice plays behind him. I don't think there's
any real correlation or carryover from last night to
tonight. The team goes out and plays hard every
day and tonight. Suppan pitched real well, but
we'll be ready to play again tomorrow. We always
How big was Oliver's performance?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: He was outstanding.
Gave us a chance to have everybody fresh, our
main guys for tomorrow, a superlative job coming
in, giving a chance to get back in the game. We
didn't do much to get back in, but, you know it has
huge for him to be able to give us a little blow and
have our main guys ready to go tomorrow. Bert
was able to come in and help us out, also.
The first two innings there, do you
look at one of those walks being a turning
point, the Suppan homer, what stands out to
you about the first two innings?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Nothing in
particular. They came out, the crowd was loud,
and they fed off the energy I thought. They just
came out of the chute and got on the board real
quick, first two innings when they did most of the
damage obviously. They came out and took it to
Obviously Trachsel was struggling a little
bit early, put some men on base early, walked
three or four, five guys and that's really what
helped set everything up. Walking a good-hitting
ballclub like that is not going to help you and they
took advantage of it.
Just following it up, you guys have
had a double-digit lead in your division since
the end of June. Do you consider this being
down 2-1 to be the first time that you're under
pressure this year to respond?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: No. We've been in
tougher spots than this. We feel like we're in pretty
good shape, even though we're down 2-1. Things
could change real, real quick, so we'll get some
rest tonight and guarantee you we'll be ready to
Well, you say that, but what tougher
spot could you have been in this year but this?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, it depends
how you look at it. We're down 2-1 and obviously
we go out and win the next few games, we'll be
back in it and we win three, we'll go to the World
Series. You know, that's the way I'm looking at it.
We don't try to overanalyze or be too
dramatic about anything that goes on. We've been
a good team all year, and that's the way we play.
If you look at it that way, then you kind of feel
pressure to go out and do your job. We played
loose and easy all year long, we're not going to
change that now. We know who we are, no one
has to tell us about it. Tomorrow, we win that, we
tie it up, we win another one after that, we move
on. That's the way we look at it and we feel good.
How did you feel when Trachsel
came out of the game?
WILLIE RANDOLPH: Well, my first
thoughts was that, you know, we need to get a
nice, long relief appearance out of Oliver. We
didn't want to go into a situation where we had to
use any of our main guys and tax our bullpen.
Obviously my first thought was to make sure that it
wasn't the knee area. I didn't know for sure if it
would swell up too much on him but actually it
looks decent when I saw him just now.
You know, your first thought is just that you
have to get deep in your bullpen, and like I said,
Oliver and Bert did a great job of really bailing us
out and giving us a chance to come out full
We feel real good about -- hey, you've got
to give it up sometimes and tonight was a night we
did. But the damage as far as the overall team
was minimal as far as I'm concerned. We need to
get a win tomorrow and come out and even things
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