Game four started off with the Brewers up in the series 2-1. And although at the beginning of the series it seemed that the Brew Crew could stand to sweep Arizona, the DBacks found their fight at their home field in game three and again in game four of the five game series.
Now, the Brewers will have home field advantage for game five, and the winner of that game will move on to the National League Championship Series.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming. The Brewers got on board quickly in the game when hometown hero Ryan Braun doubled to centerfield in the top of the first inning, which allowed Jerry Hairston Jr. to score. Hairston made a bit of an improvement in game four over his haphazard performace from the previous night’s game, which you can catch up on here.
So here’s the deal: Two grand slams in two games. Sounds pretty incredible right? Let’s up the ante a little bit: Two grand slams in two postseason games, after coming from behind in the series to avoid elimination. What are the odds of that? Highly unlikely? I would say so.
Well, the Diamondbacks think otherwise. In the bottom of the first inning, the DBacks loaded ‘em up, and Ryan Roberts did some major damage at the plate. For the cherry on top of Roberts’ perfect five-scoop sundae, Chris Young hit a solo home run just moments afterwards. Suddenly, it was a whole new ballgame (or maybe just a repeat of game 3), the DBacks held the reins with a lead of 5-1.
In the top of the second, the Brewers worked hard to narrow the gap between the two teams. Yuniesky Betancourt managed to tack up a run. In the top of the third, the Crew got back into business, as Hairsotn Jr. brought Cory Hart to score with his left field double.
The Diamondbacks waited until the bottom of the third for their next offensive attack. Arizona managed to get men on all the bases, and pinch hitter Collin Cowgill hit a two-ribbeye single that allowed Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Young to score, and consequently provided a nice buffer over the Brewers with a 7-3 lead.
Arizona backstop Miguel Montero added a little midgame drama when he hit a beautiful double that cost an arm and a leg- but not his arm and leg- Montero let go of the bat on his back swing, and the bat struck the Milwaukee catcher George Kottaras, who seemed to be unscathed by the surprise contact.
Prince Fielder hit an almost-long-enough ball in the top of the fifth, but he could not seem to make it past the outfield wall. And they thought Miller Park was weird. What’s the deal with that? Maybe we will see him whack a few more when he returns to Miller Park for game five.
Another Brewmember who struggled was Cory Hart. Hart launched one back to the wall, again just missing by a bat-lengthed hair. No souvenirs reached the fans at Chase Field (they would have thrown them back anyways), but Betancourt was able to score on the sac fly.
Remember Aaron Hill? He set off the sirens at Chase field when he launched a moonshot into the bullpen, to score eight runs for Arizona for the second night in a row. The DBacks simply could not guzzle enough of the sweet sweet hitter-friendly Brewers pitching. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Young’s two-run tater pushed the score into double digits for the first time in the series and the Diamondbacks were up 10-4.
Finally, just to prove they had not been sucked dry, Carlos Gomez launched one into the stands in the top of the ninth that also brought Betancourt in to score. But the Crew failed to tack on any more runs, and ended up falling short, final score: 10-6.
Game five will take place in Milwaukee Friday, October 7, at 5pm Eastern Time, and will be broadcast on TBS.