Three of the four Divisional Series are going the distance, as the Diamondbacks topped the Brewers 10-6 on Wednesday night to create a decisive Game 5 on Friday.
Both starters lasted exactly three innings in this offensive showcase. Randy Wolf was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the top of the fourth having given up seven runs, and Joe Saunders was hit for in the bottom of the fourth having allowed three.
Micah Owings, who pitched scoreless fourth and fifth innings, was credited with the victory.
Ryan Roberts and Chris Young led the way for Arizona’s offense. Roberts hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first, and Young immediately followed with the first of his two homers on the night. Aaron Hill also homered for Arizona, and Paul Goldschmidt, Tuesday’s hero, went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Milwaukee’s lone homer came off the bat of the much-maligned Carlos Gomez. Gomez, who didn’t even have an at-bat in the first three games of the series, also singled in his start over Nyjer Morgan.
Yuniesky Betancourt went 3-for-4 for the Brewers. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder both had lone doubles in four at-bats.
After combining to score 38 runs the last three games, the Diamondbacks and Brewers will get their aces back on the mound Friday in Milwaukee. Ian Kennedy and Yovani Gallardo are set for a rematch of the Game 1 that the Brewers claimed 4-1.
– If the Diamondbacks can come all of the way back, they’d be the first team since the 2003 Red Sox (vs. Oakland) to win a best-of-five after going down 0-2.
– The Diamondbacks are just the second team ever to hit grand slams in consecutive postseason games (Goldschmidt had one Wednesday). The 1977 Dodgers were the first.
– Young now has three homers in the series and five in 11 career postseason games. He has an extremely impressive .333/.458/.769 line in 39 at-bats overall in October.
– His two-homer game was the first in Arizona’s postseason history.
– Diamondbacks phenom Jarrod Parker struggled in his postseason debut. A somewhat surprising addition to the roster after just one regular-season appearance, he gave up one run and retired only one of the four hitters he faced in the sixth inning tonight.
– Arizona left fielder Gerardo Parra went hitless again, leaving him 0-for-15 with six strikeouts in the series. The Diamondbacks could make a change there in Game 5, perhaps going to Collin Cowgill in his place. Cowgill delivered a two-run single as a pinch-hitter tonight.