Arizona Diamondbacks home runs force Game 5

The Arizona Diamondbacks did what they had to do at home to take the NLDS back to Milwaukee.  Home runs were the name of the game as the Diamondbacks beat the Brewers 10-6 last night to tie the series at two games apiece.  The series comes down to one game.  Whoever wins the next game will continue on to the National League Championship, and the loser goes home.

As has been a common theme all season long for the Diamondbacks, they got behind before they even had their turn at bat.  A single by Jerry Hairston and a double by Ryan Braun gave the Brewers a 1-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first inning.

Ryan Roberts Arizona DiamondbacksAs has also been a common theme all season, the Diamondbacks exploded in the bottom of the first inning to take the lead.  After two singles and a walk, Ryan Roberts came to the plate with two outs.  He connected on a 2-1 curveball off of starter Randy Wolf that sailed over the left field wall.  This was the second grand slam by Roberts since September 27th, and the fourth home game in a row that the Diamondbacks have hit a grand slam.  Chris Young made it back-to-back home runs when he sent a fastball over the left-center fence, giving the Diamondbacks a 5-1 lead after the opening inning.

Arizona Diamondback outfielder Collin CowgillThe Brewers continued to swing the bats, and scored a run in the second and third inning, closing the score to 5-3 by the bottom of the third.  The Diamondbacks proved that they were not done scoring either, as they got a two out single by rookie Collin Cowgill in his first postseason at-bat, scoring Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young.  Cowgill came in as a pinch-hitter as D-backs manager Kirk Gibson realized starting pitcher Joe Saunders didn’t have his best stuff, and was taken out of the game early.  This was just another masterful decision by Gibson, who has found ways to win games with his gut instincts all season long.  Just as the Brewers were making a push to get back into the game, the Diamondbacks pulled ahead 7-3.

Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron HillWith both starting pitchers out of the game by the third inning, neither team scored again until the sixth. The Brewers scored one run on a sacrifice fly by Corey Hart, after two singles and a walk loaded the bases. Hart just about tied the score with a grand slam, but his ball fell about ten feet short, right into the glove of Gerardo Parra in left field.  The Diamondbacks answered back by scoring one of their own in the bottom of the sixth, when Aaron Hill hit his ninth home run of the season.

Arizona Diamondbacks centerfielder Chris YoungChris Young hit his second home run of the game in the seventh inning, scoring Goldschmidt, who had walked earlier in the inning.  By the end of seven, the Diamondbacks had a 10-4 lead.

Carlos Gomez of the Brewers homered in the eighth inning, also scoring Yuniesky Betancourt, bringing Milwaukee to within four runs.  That’s as close as the Brewers got, as those were the final runs scored in the game.  The Diamondbacks ended up winning 10-6.

The Diamondbacks won the game because they hit four home runs that scored eight of their total of ten runs. Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher Ian KennedyThe NLDS will now head back to Miller Park in Milwaukee where the winner of Game 5 on Friday night will win the series. Starting pitchers will be Yovani Gallardo for the Brewers and Ian Kennedy for the Diamondbacks, the same starters as in Game 1.  Gallardo got the best of Kennedy in their first matchup as he held the Diamondbacks to one run on four hits in eight innings of work.

Each team in the NLDS has won their home games.  The Brewers had the best home record in all of baseball during the regular season.  The Diamondbacks had more come from behind wins than any other team in the majors this season.  Game 5 is a must-win situation for both teams.

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~ by Troy Erickson Realtor on October 6, 2011.

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