Tonight was great, very positive, but we still have one left. Until we win, we have to stay focused. Someone told me that no NL team has ever lost a five-game series leading 2-0, but I don’t care. We have to finish, then keep going. Charlie Manuel said they’ve still got a chance to win, and it’s definitely true.
When I first hit that ball, I said I have to get going. When I was running I looked at Ryan Braun and he stopped, and I thought, did that really just happen? Knowing that we got a little cushion on a guy like CC was amazing.
It was big to get that win off of him knowing that he’s been lights out for them. Our goal was to get his pitch count up, and Brett Myers made him throw 19 pitches. I tried to stay aggressive and I was able to get balls up in the zone.
With a guy like him, you can’t look for a certain pitch. He’s throwing you 97 and then he comes back with 85-mile-an-hour changeups. You can’t sit there on one pitch because he throws everything for strikes. You stay aggressive and just hope that he keeps the ball up. Like today, we were able to do it.
It was nice to get the fans on their feet again. They were cheering us on tonight. Standing there for seven innings after hitting it, I was trying to stay focused. They were loud and were cheering. Hitting a game-winning home run on Hawaiian Day last season was pretty exciting, but this is the one I will cherish.