10/09/05 1:35 AM ET
No margin for error now
Down 2-1, Francoeur knows Braves need to step up
We once again find ourselves with our backs to the wall, knowing we can't lose another game in this National League Division Series. But when we went into Game 2 against Roger Clemens the other night, we felt we were in a must-win situation.
So hopefully when we get back to the ballpark on Sunday, we'll be able to respond the same way and get the series back to Atlanta in front of our fans. They've supported us all year and I'm sure they'll be there for us again if we get to a Game 5.
We all felt great when Jorge Sosa left Saturday night's game with just a 3-2 deficit. He pitched great, and even though Roy Oswalt was throwing great, we thought we could get another run. But it didn't work out that way.
Our bullpen is having trouble right now, but they're our guys and we feel confident that Chris Reitsma and all of those guys will come back out and get the job done when we need them.
Houston's four-run seventh inning on Saturday started with a Craig Biggio double and then Willy Taveras hitting that chopper off the plate for an infield single. It's just that crazy luck that has been going against Reitsma lately. I swear next year he's going to come back and have like a 0.20 ERA.
When you get down 7-2, it's hard to come back even when you get guys on base. We got some things going in the eighth inning. But we knew we had to with Brad Lidge ready to come into the game in the ninth. It was just a little too much for us to overcome.
This was the first time I've played a playoff game on the road and the crowd here was one of the loudest I've ever heard. I don't think it really bothered us. But it helped them keep that momentum going in the seventh inning.
We've got a quick turnaround with the afternoon game on Sunday. We've got Tim Hudson going out there for us, and we know he's looking forward to getting revenge for what happened to him in Game 1.
Our backs are against the wall. We've just got to come out fighting.
Jeff Francoeur's diary appears as told to Mark Bowman, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.