Arizona Diamondbacks stay alive in NLDS

Tuesday night saw the Arizona Diamondbacks playing in front of a sellout crowd in Chase Field for only the fourth time all season.  The Diamondbacks responded to the home crowd with an 8-1 drumming of the perhaps slightly overconfident Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers led the National League Division Series 2-0 after winning both of their games at home 4-1 and 9-4.  The home cooking was just what the Diamondbacks needed to get back into the series.

Arizona Diamondbacks Willie BloomquistThe Diamondbacks got on the board early as they scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning.  Willie Bloomquist started things off with a leadoff single.  With two outs, Miguel Montero got his first hit of the series, a double to right center that scored Bloomquist.  That was followed by a single by Paul Goldschmidt that scored Montero.  It was the first time in the series that the Diamondbacks led against the Brewers.

Cory Hart of the Brewers hit a home run to lead off the third inning and close the score to 2-1.  The Diamondbacks got that run back in the bottom of the third when Miguel Montero singled to score Aaron Hill, after two consecutive walks by Brewers starter Shaun Marcum.

Arizona Diamondbacks Catcher Miguel MonteroThe Diamondbacks were able to open the game up in the bottom of the fifth, ensuring there would be no comeback by the Brewers.  Josh Collmenter and Willie Bloomquist led off the inning with back-to-back singles.  With two outs, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke decided to intentionally walk Miguel Montero (who was 2 for 2 on the night) to get to the right-handed hitting Paul Goldschmidt.

It was the exact opposite decision that Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson made in the seventh inning of game one.  Gibson decided to pitch to Prince Fielder with two outs instead of giving him the intentional walk to get to Rickie Weeks.  The result was the same in both instances.  Prince Fielder ended up hitting a two-run home run to seal the win in game one of the NLDS.

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul GoldschmidtLast night Paul Goldschmidt hit a grand slam to give the Diamondbacks a 7-1 lead and secure the win in game three of the NLDS.  This was the first postseason grand slam in Diamondbacks franchise history.  A single by Ryan Roberts scored Chris Young later that same inning, adding one final run to the Diamondbacks total.

Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Josh CollmenterRookie Josh Collmenter started for the Diamondbacks, and threw seven solid innings.  He allowed two hits, with six strikeouts, and gave up just one run.  David Hernandez shut down the Brewers in the eighth, and J.J. Putz closed them out in the ninth.

The Diamondbacks are still down in the series two games to one, and need a win tonight at home to take the series back to Milwaukee on Friday.  As it has been all season for the Diamondbacks, they need to come from behind to stay alive and continue their postseason run.  They are hoping another sellout crowd can give them the advantage once again.

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~ by Troy Erickson on October 5, 2011.

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