10/07/2002 01:06 am ET
We have to continue to fight
SAN FRANCISCO -- I think the key to the game tonight was timely hitting. That's always the key. Livan [Hernandez] stepped up very big for us and we played good defense. It's just a testament to how strong our team is. We fought all year and we have to continue to fight. This team is very resilient and when our backs are up against the wall, we seem to always come out. I owe it all just to the team, how patient they've been and how focused we've been.
Before the game, we were watching the A's-Twins game and their series showed a lot of heart and showed a lot of character. It pumped us up, just to see how it all transpired. It was a motivating factor for us.
Obviously we're going to be flying all night but we're going to try our best to sleep on the plane. It's very difficult to do that, of course, but it is what it is. We'll just do what we have to do.
We also know that Kevin Millwood beat us in Game 2, but what he did to us last time, that's not our focus. We're focused not on what we did last time, but what we're going to do to him this time. He pitched a very good game. He kept us off balance and he had his curveball working and his fastball spotting outside and inside, so we're just basically going to try and get a game plan on him, stick with that and go from there.
Like I said, it hasn't been an easy task up to this point and we don't expect it to be easy, so we're going to face the challenge and do what we've got to do.
With Russ Ortiz on the mound, there is a sense of confidence but this is a very good team over there. We really have to put all our guns out and try to beat this club because I think whoever wins this series is going to the World Series. That's the way I feel. But with all that said, it's not going to be easy.
Reggie Sanders' diary was told to Josh Rawitch, a reporter for MLB.com who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.