Padres come home down 2-0

The San Diego Padres head back home in a 2-0 hole. They may finally have an advantage with an 8 PM gametime at Petco Park.

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa and David Eckstein talk about coming out west.

Tony, the Padres felt good about their last series today. How important was it for Mark to put up zeros early?

TONY LARUSSA: Well, as you can see, we had a lot of respect for Pedro Astacio, so we thought the way the game had to be played was for Mark to really hold them down. I mean, we got some runs. We didn't really do very much, didn't string hits together, so I think the first key to the game was Mark and then, you know, you get a guy on base and turn a double play.

Tony, your game on Saturday night on the west coast is 10:00 St. Louis time. Do you think that's a disservice to the fans here in St. Louis to have it so late?

TONY LARUSSA: No. Our fans are here at 12:00 on a weekday, right? They're going to be there if they would play at midnight, 1:00. They're going to watch it. I mean, Sunday's a day off, so my biggest concern is that gives Friday night, the off day in the gaslight district. I may have to have curfew. I'm going to see how many wives are on that plane so we get some rest.

Tony, it's not obvious that you're relaxed more, going to their place?

TONY LARUSSA: We're not real fond of relaxing and being comfortable. I heard David's comment about home field advantage, you know. We're going to their ballpark. Their fans are not pulling for the Cardinals, they're pulling for the Padres. We expect very difficult competition, and one of the things I like the best about our team, they're very solid between the ears. There's nobody will take anything for granted and celebrating. Woody Williams; we know all about Woody. He's going to be out there battling with everything he's got, so you've got to win three to get to the next level, and we know the Padres and their ballpark expect a real tough ballgame.

David, let's talk about home field advantage. You guys can't ask for better situation like that.

DAVID ECKSTEIN: We had home field advantage. That's the job, and the one thing we've gotta do, we've gotta stay aggressive. We've gotta stay aggressive. The guys in the clubhouse are ready to play. We can't wait to get over there, and we'll be ready to play at 8:00 on Saturday night.

Speaking of 8:00, what do you think of that starting time? For your fans, that's 10:00 here.

DAVID ECKSTEIN: I was sound asleep last night by that time. It's going to be a little bit different. They're trying to accommodate everybody, and there's a lot, you know, more of a prime time game probably going on and with the college football, they just, you know, put us wherever they wanted to put us. Our job is to show up and play. Whatever time they make for us, we'll be ready to play. They said 9:00, be ready to play.

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