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Brad Bergesen didn't hide his emotions after his solid performance. He admitted that he was very nervous when he went to the mound for the first inning, but it certainly didn't show. He got through the first without incident, even though he had to battle the White Sox hottest hitter -- Carlos Quentin -- through a 12-pitch at-bat to get his first major league strikeout.

"It was just surreal, getting up there and getting that first pitch out of the way,'' he said. "I couldn't believe it...I think nervous would be an understatement. My heart was beating about 1000 beats a second. I was trying to keep my composure as much as possible, but it was tough tonight."

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The Quentin at-bat must have felt like it lasted forever, and it left an impression on manager Dave Trembley and catcher Gregg Zaun.

"I was just glad I got that one over with,'' Bergesen said, "I didn't think it was going to end. I was just fortunate I got him to chase one and get it over with."

When it was over, he got a huge ovation from the crowd, which initially booed Trembley for going to the mound to get him.

"Oh, it was unbelievable,'' Bergesen said. "It was something I've always dreamed about. To get that after the first start was something special."

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