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10/18/05 1:30 AM ET

Astros will bounce back

After tough loss, Houston turns focus to clinching in St. Louis

Astros rookie Chris Burke is providing daily commentary to MLB.com throughout his team's postseason run. Burke breaks down Houston's tough 5-4 loss on Monday.

The amazing thing about this game is not only the highs and lows that can be associated with the entire season, but the highs and lows that can come about throughout the course of a game. When you play a game of this magnitude, it can get you to the top of the mountain and it can get you to the bottom of the valley.

In case people were wondering if we've got any resolve, we'll be able to show them by the way we bounce back from this one. Albert Pujols is the greatest hitter in the game. Unfortunately, it showed up at the right time for them.

I think everybody could feel that we were going to win this game. We were down to the last pitch and we had our guy, Brad Lidge, on the mound. You've got to give them a lot of credit. David Eckstein is such a tough out. Jim Edmonds draws a walk and Pujols blasts a three-run homer. There's nothing you can really say about it.

Fortunately for us, we have a day off to kind of regroup, mentally way moreso than physically. We've got to look at it that we're up, 3-2. We've got Roy Oswalt and Roger Clemens left.

I don't worry about momentum maybe shifting in the Cardinals favor. Momentum is obviously a huge part of this game, but at the same time, when Game 6 starts, we have a whole new baseball game. We're going to have to execute, and they're going to have to execute. We're both going to have opportunities to go out and win the ballgame. Like I said, we can just battle it through the mental anguish and come back out ready to play Game 6.

There's not much you can say to Brad after a tough loss. I just went up and hugged him. Lidge is so great. Sometimes, being a closer is such a thankless job in some ways. He's so great that when he gets it done, you expect it. If he gives up a couple runs, it's like the end of the world.

That's why Brad Lidge is as good as he is. He's going to take the ball every time, and he's going to stand up and take the heat when it happens. He's going to deflect attention when he does a great job. I'll take my chance with him on the mound anytime.

Chris Burke's diary appears as told to Alyson Footer, a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.