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Thrill of victory
10/07/2004 10:15 PM ET
Charles Thomas went from being a relative unknown to one of the most important factors in the Braves' late-season surge. When the 25-year-old Thomas was promoted from Triple-A Richmond on June 23, Atlanta manager Bobby Cox didn't even know what he looked like. But after he hit .288 with seven homers and played splendid defense in left field during the regular season's final three months, Thomas became well known throughout baseball. Thomas has agreed to provide with a daily diary throughout the Braves' postseason run.

It's amazing how much different you can feel after winning a playoff game than after you lose one. But what my teammates showed out there tonight was exactly what they've been doing all year. There's just no quit in this team.

I think all of us were just happy for Rafael Furcal when he drilled the game-winning homer that allowed us to claim the 11-inning victory over the Astros on Thursday night. Nobody wants to go to an opposing city down two games to none in a best-of-five series.

The past few days have just been exciting and, as always, I'm glad that a lot of my friends and family members have been here for me. I wish I could have come through in the clutch when I had that opportunity in Game 1. I also wasted another opportunity on Thursday. But it felt good to get that hit ahead of Furcal's homer in the 11th inning.

Heading into this weekend, I think everybody is feeling pretty good. we didn't let ourselves get too down after Wednesday's loss. But I think we all know that we've just been wasting too many opportunities these past two days.

I'm expecting that to change. Sometimes when you have thrilling wins like we did on Thursday, it can completely change things. All of us know what we're capable of doing. We're just looking forward to continuing to prove it to everybody else.

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