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Houston happy to go home with split

Houston happy to go home with split

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Chris Burke is providing daily commentary to MLB.com throughout his team's postseason run. Burke breaks down Houston's performance after its tough 7-1 loss to Atlanta in Game 2.

Tonight's loss was disappointing, but we're happy to leave Atlanta with a split. Anytime you send Roger Clemens to the mound, you have a chance to win the game. Unfortunately, [Brian] McCann took advantage of a mistake by Roger and it put us behind the eight ball.

[John] Smoltz really pitched well tonight. It looked like he had good command of his breaking ball, which makes him really tough because he throws really hard. He had everything working tonight. They made a couple of big plays when they needed to on defense, too.

All in all, you come in and take a split. We'll go home with Roy [Oswalt] on the mound Saturday. Just like we've done all year, you just have to put a tough loss behind you and move on.

Growing up watching Smoltz pitching in the postseason my whole life, it was kind of a little bit of a surreal experience to actually face him in a postseason game. It was nice to get the hit (Burke logged a pinch-hit double in the seventh). Unfortunately, Craig [Biggio] got robbed by a great play by Chipper Jones, so it unfortunately didn't produce anything, but it was a neat experience.

I did watch the Braves a lot when I was a kid. The Cubs were more my team growing up, but I watched a ton of Braves games. My sister was in love with Javy Lopez and my brother played a couple years in the Braves Minor League system.

The Braves were in the postseason every year. You were going to watch them. To be here, to hear the "tomahawk chop" you see when you're growing up, it was definitely a little nostalgic. But at the same time, it's a little different when you're in the dugout.

I think we're all really excited to get back home. Not only because of the energy the fans provide on a regular season basis, but I think everyone remembers last year in the playoffs and just the type of support they gave us and how loud they got. I think everybody's looking forward to feeling that energy from them.

Chris Burke's postseason 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.

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