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Time to get hot
10/09/2004 7:15 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.

I know I said it after we lost Game 1, but my feelings are the same after losing to the Astros in Game 3 on Saturday. About all you can say after losing a postseason game is that it is frustrating.

But at the same time, the only thing we can do is set our minds on winning these next two games. We have no other choice. We've won two games in a row a lot of times this year.

Throughout this series we've struggled with runners in scoring position. When we go out there to face Roger Clemens on Sunday, we're just going to have to do the little things that let us get to where we are.

Everybody keeps asking if it matters that Roger is coming back on three days' rest. I don't think any of that should matter to us. We've seen him a couple times this year, including last Wednesday in Game 1. We know what he's got and it's just a matter of getting it done.

We can look back at what we did wrong today and that's not going to matter. Jeff Kent's fifth-inning double off that left-field wall was just an unfortunate thing. I went back to get the ball, because I didn't think it was going to hit the wall.

Then it hit one of the beams in that scoreboard and just shot back toward the infield. There's nothing I could do about it. If it hits one of those squares where the numbers are, the ball falls right to me and Berkman doesn't score from first base on the play.

Now all we can say is that our backs are against the wall and we've got to win. It's not the first time we've been considered the underdogs this year.

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