Brewers take 2 of 3 from D'Backs
The Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers squared off in the 2011 Divisional Playoffs. That series was played with the intensity and fervor that one would expect from two teams playing October baseball. As the two teams got together at Miller Park for a weekend series, one thing was abundantly clear-these were not the teams that met last October.
The Diamondbacks shelled Brewer starter Randy Wolf through the first four innings and went on to win by a score of 9-3. The most remarkable part of the game came from the bat of Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill. With his triple to right-center in the sixth inning, Hill became the first player in more than 80 years to hit for the cycle twice in one season. The last player to do so was Babe Herman in 1931. Hill’s feat only added insult to injury as a particularly flat Brewer team was held in check by Diamondback right hander Ian Kennedy.
In game two, it was the Brewer offense that laid into the Diamondback’s pitcher. Wade Miley, who came into the game with an ERA under 3, could not make it out of the fourth inning. Home runs by Cody Ransom and Ryan Braun did most of the damage in a six-run fourth inning. Braun’s home run was his second in as many innings and chased Miley from the game. For the Brewers, rookie starter Mike Fiers continued the solid start to his Major League career. Fiers did not allow a run in six innings and recorded ten strikeouts. Tim Dillard allowed two runs in a relief appearance, but the Brewers went on to win, 10-2.
Blame it on a day game after a night game. Blame it on those infamous shadows that crept across home plate by the middle of the afternoon. For as many runs as the first two games produced, Sunday’s series finale was a pitcher’s duel. Yovani Gallardo matched up against Josh Collmenter. Collmenter allowed the first run of the game in the fourth on an RBI groundout by Nyger Morgan. Gallardo found himself in a heap of trouble in the sixth. After retiring the first two hitters, Gallardo walked pinch hitter Chris Young. The next batter, Willie Bloomquist grounded out to Rickie Weeks. Weeks, however, did not field the ball cleanly and his rushed throw was way off target to first baseman, Corey Hart. The Brewer second baseman’s two errors in one play advanced runners to second and third. Gallardo then walked Stephen Drew to load the bases. Jose Veras came on in relief of Gallardo and struck out Justin Upton to end the Diamondback’s threat.
The Diamondbacks tied the score at 1 in the eighth on Jason Kubel’s solo home run to center off of Francisco Rodriguez. After John Axford pitched a scoreless top of the ninth, Aramis Ramirez lead off the bottom of ninth by drawing a walk. Ron Roenicke inserted Carlos Gomez as a pinch runner with the hopes that Gomez could recreated some of the magic from Game Five of the Division Series. After Corey Hart flied out to center, Gomez stole second. Catcher Miguel Montero’s throw skipped into center field. That allowed Gomez to move up to third base. Gerardo Parra’s attempt to throw Gomez out at third sailed into the Diamondback’s dugout and Gomez walked home for a 2-1 Brewer win.
By: Scott Kasten
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