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NLDS Diamondbacks-Brewers Game 1 Live Blog

Oct 1, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

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4:52: Game of the NLDS is in the books, as the Brewers defeated the Diamondbacks 4-1. John Axford pitched a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to notch the save.

The series will resume tomorrow at 5 p.m. ET when Daniel Hudson pitches against Zack Greinke.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for a recap. Enjoy the rest of the games on the schedule for this evening.

4:43: And off we go to the top of the ninth. John Axford is indeed coming in to close this one out. The Diamondbacks have Aaron Hill, Justin Upton and Miguel Montero due up.

4:35: Gallardo followed the solo blast by Roberts by striking out three straight batters to end the top of the eighth. He’s at 106 pitches, so we’ll likely see John Axford in the top of the ninth.

Gallardo allowed just one run on four hits (including the homer by Roberts) while striking out nine and walking just one.

4:28: The Diamondbacks are finally on the board here in the top of the eighth, as Ryan Roberts just went deep to straight away center field to cut the lead to 4-1.

4:19: Well, the Brewers have some insurance. Prince Fielder just slugged a two-run homer off Ian Kennedy in the bottom of the seventh to give the Brewers a 4-0 lead. It followed a two-out double by Ryan Braun. Probably not smart to pitch to Prince with first base open.

Ian Kennedy is now done for the day after throwing 111 pitches. He allowed four runs on eight hits (including the homer by Fielder) over 6 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking one.

4:10: Make that seven scoreless frames for Gallardo. Nyjer Morgan made an excellent running catch to end the inning, eventually running into the center field wall.

Gallardo has only thrown 87 pitches. He’s really rolling right now, so one would think he’ll at least be back out there for the eighth.

4:05: Yuniesky Betancourt just almost killed Ryan Braun. OK, not really, but they did have a minor collision as Betancourt snagged a pop-fly in shallow left field. Everybody is OK, though.

4:00: Gallardo grounds into a fielder’s choice to end the bottom of the sixth, but he now has himself a 2-0 lead going into the top of the seventh.

Gallardo has only thrown 75 pitches so far this afternoon.

3:59: Jonathan Lucroy dumps one in short left field for a single to drive in Betancourt and give the Brewers a 2-0 lead.

3:56: Yuniesky Betancourt hits a two-out triple to keep the bottom of the sixth alive. Gerardo Parra had trouble tracking down the ball after it kicked off the wall in left. The Brewers need to cash this one in.

3:50: Gallardo works around a single by Willie Bloomquist to get out of the sixth. For some reason, Justin Upton dove head first into first base while trying to beat out a ground ball for the final out of the inning. Pretty positive he would have made it if he kept his stride. Oh well.

3:42: And so much for that. Fielder lines out to left for the final out of the inning. Another missed opportunity. Still 1-0 Brewers as we move to the sixth.

3:39: Braun with a broken-bat single to left. The Brewers have runners on first and second with two outs for Prince Fielder.

3:37: Kennedy hits Nyjer Morgan in the leg by a pitch with two outs. Obviously no intent there. Here comes Ryan Braun.

3:30: Gallardo just needed seven pitches to set the Diamondbacks aside. It’s 1-0 Brewers moving to the bottom of the fifth.

3:26: Ian Kennedy was able to get a couple ground balls from Yuniesky Betancourt and Jonathan Lucroy to end the inning. He’s actually pretty fortunate to walk away with only one run scoring considering the bases were loaded with nobody out. Yovani Gallardo is dealing right now, but this could come back to bite them.

3:22: Jerry Hairston Jr. drives in the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly on the first pitch.

3:21: Rickie Weeks is hit by the pitch. And the crowd boos. Yeah, because Ian Kennedy really wants to hit somebody right now. Sigh. Bases loaded for Hairston.

3:20: Prince Fielder takes advantage of the shift for a double down the left field line. Runners on second and third for Rickie Weeks now. None out.

3:19: Ryan Braun rips a leadoff single into left field. Table set for Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks.

3:13: Gets Chris Young swinging for the final out. Gallardo now has five strikeouts over four scoreless innings. We’re moving to the bottom of the fourth in Milwaukee.

3:10: Miguel Montero sends one to the warning track in right-center field for the second out of the inning. Hill still on first base.

3:06: Leadoff walk for Aaron Hill on a very, very close pitch. Didn’t swing, either.

3:01: This probably isn’t the case, but it sort of sounded like Nyjer Morgan has the X-Files theme for his at-bat music. Wouldn’t be that surprising, I suppose. Anyway, he goes down looking for the third out. We’re scoreless through three innings.

3:00: Gallardo pops up the first pitch, which is a shame, because he’s one of my favorite hitting pitchers. Some others? Mike Leake, Dontrelle Willis, Livan Hernandez. Any other good ones I’m missing?

2:56: And Gallardo sits them down in order. We’re still scoreless going into the bottom of the third.

2:53: And now Ian Kennedy goes down looking. Three Ks for Gallardo through the first nine batters.

2:49: Parra goes down looking for the first out. I’d still rather have him leading off than Bloomquist, though.

2:46: Lucroy flies out to left for the final out in the bottom of the second inning. A missed opportunity, as they leave two runners on and do not score.

On the bright side for the Brewers, they made Kennedy threw 27 pitches. He’s at 39 pitches through two innings.

2:42: Hairston reaches on a hard-hit infield single after a long at-bat. Ryan Roberts couldn’t quite get the handle, but he at least prevented the ball from going down the third base line.

2:37: Ian Kennedy walks Rickie Weeks for the first Brewers’ baserunner of the game. Ron Kulpa gave him the outside corner on Fielder, but he just missed this time.

2:32: These constant “Big Bang Theory” promos almost make me long for the days of Frank Caliendo. Almost.

2:30: Overbay goes down swinging for the second out while Ryan Roberts flies out to right for the final out of the top of the second.

By the way, did you happen to notice Gallardo’s final three starts this season? 12Ks, 13Ks, 11Ks. Ridiculous.

2:26: Not sure how accurate this pitch tracker is on TBS, but I’m enjoying it so far. Not too distracting.

2:22: Ian Kennedy shuts the Brewers down in order in the bottom of the first.

2:16: No score as we move to the bottom of the first. The remarkable part about that first inning was how the announcers talked about swinging at first pitches as if that is a good thing. OK.

2:12: Single to left by Justin Upton, but Bloomquist is gunned down at the plate by Ryan Braun. And it wasn’t all that close.

2:11: Bloomquist now steals second base. The Diamondbacks have a runner in scoring position with one out.

2:08: Well, he made me shut up rather quickly. Single of the first pitch of the ballgame.

2:07: Wow, nothing quite like Willie Bloomquist and his .317 career on-base percentage leading off a playoff game.

2:00 PM ET: The American League began postseason play yesterday (though not completely, thanks to the suspended game in New York), but now it’s the National League’s turn, as the Diamondbacks and Brewers will play Game 1 of the NLDS.

Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88 ERA) is on the hill for the D-Backs while Yovani Gallardo (17-10) will get the call for the Brewers.

I’ll be dropping some of my random thoughts and observations here throughout the ballgame. Feel free to join the conversation in our comments section.

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  1. kopy - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Fear the Beer!

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 1, 2011 at 8:56 PM

      Especially if it’s that Bud Light crap.. oh wait wrong thread sorry…

  2. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Some throw by Braun, eh? Strong accurate arm.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:18 PM

      Shit Cur, I could have thrown him out. Horrid decision.

      • kopy - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:19 PM

        For sure. It was accurate, but the ball damn near rolled to Lucroy at the end. Out by a mile.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:21 PM

        I’ve had fever’s that broke quicker than Willie.

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:17 PM

    Terrible decision to send Bloomquist. Out by a mile.

    • kiwicricket - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:19 PM

      second

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:20 PM

      He’s slow, but he’s aggressive. That’s a good combo.
      #sarcasm

      • kiwicricket - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        Are we still talking about baseball cur??

  4. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Oh look, Cowboy Joe West *pukes*

  5. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:30 PM

    When Overbay, Hill & Johnny-Mac take the field together, I’m gonna put my Beaver Men cap on. Eventually in this series, when Marcum is facing Overbay, Hill or John McDonald, s’gonna be weird for me.

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:35 PM

      Fielder. Strikes out. It’s like striking out this guy;

      http://www.factsoffishing.com/wp-content/uploads/staypuft-marshmallow-man.jpg

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:37 PM

        Weeks is on. Looked like a strike to me.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:41 PM

        I am not a fan of the pitch tracker. I do not like seeing it in the corner.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:43 PM

        I don’t mind it.
        Hey! Now 2 on. C’mon Arizona; this the playoffs! Roberts needs to come up with that and turn the DP.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:46 PM

        Whew. No harm no foul.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:47 PM

        Yes, he should have picked it cleanly. Tough play but he should have made it. Announcers and such acting like it was a great play to not let it go down the 3rd base line…that was the bare minimum of acceptability on that play in my opinion.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:49 PM

        Yup. In AA that’s a good play. For me, that’s an AWESOME play. A major leaguer has that ball and starts the DP.

  6. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Question: What are the demographics for people watching a baseball game playoff series. I wonder if it’s ~ 85, 90% male? If so, then WHY am I looking at an Oil of Olay commercial? Seriously? How much face cream do they sell to men anyways? I mean the stuff’s tasty, makes a good snack when I’m hungry in the shower and such, but jeez, I don’t think I’m buying any.

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 2:58 PM

      Dang, 1, 2, 3 outs. Dammit, get Johnny Mac in this game!

      Oh look, I’m now getting a head & shoulder’s commercial. So the message is; baseball fans, you are old looking and have dandruff. Swell.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:02 PM

        1, 2, 3 right back at the Brewers, ha!

  7. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    According to pitch track, Hill’s on strike 4. Hmmmm…

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:08 PM

      Ok, man on for the Other Upton. Oh great, Kuato must be acting up. West has waddled over for something. Maybe a hot dog for his growth.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:09 PM

        Dang. strike 3 and no question. Who is this “Gallardo” and what was that pitch?

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:13 PM

        Nasty, filthy, dirty curve ball. I feel like bathing after seen that thing.

  8. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:14 PM

    DJ,
    You missed Cliff Lee and his 2 HR this season. Doesn’t hit lefties well though, even though one of his HR was against Lilly.

    • D.J. Short - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:17 PM

      Ah good one.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:25 PM

        Or Country Fried Joe Blanton and his WS HR.

  9. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:20 PM

    Braun to 3rd, Stay Puf’t to 1st on a double. Who says marshmallow men can’t run?

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:21 PM

      Dang. Hits Weeks. Elbow to hip, owie.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:23 PM

        Hairston Jr, you ^%%$! 1 – 0 Brewers

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:24 PM

        2 outs now. Can the Snakes not turn a DP? Stay Puf’t now on 3rd!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:26 PM

        No way they were going to turn 2 on that play.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:32 PM

        Prob’ly not, ‘army, I just want them to look like they are trying to. They look asleep to me.

  10. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Jeez, I feel for Miggy Montero. If Stay Puf’t had started home, does he block the plate or not? Getting hit by a dump truck can hurt a guy. I’d have made the unilateral decision to bail the hell over to 1st if I was behind the plate and Stay Puf’t was looking at me like a cat at a pigeon. I respect a full and intact set of limbs. Its a personal thing.

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      Dang. 1, 2, 3 on 7 pitches. Wake me up when the Snakes start playing.

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:38 PM

        Look a lot like the Reds of last year except with better starting pitching.

  11. thekingdave - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:30 PM

    Raise the stakes. Loser moves to the AL.

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:34 PM

      Well there’s a pitcher batting now. Makes sense to move to the AL: none of this insanity.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:37 PM

        And now Morgan gets drilled in the beezer. So a fast guy is on and Ryan Braun is at the plate. Jeez.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:39 PM

        And that happened…

  12. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Did the announcer really just site intentional walks as a reason why Prince Fielder should be MVP? Did I hear that wrong?

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:43 PM

      Yep. Quite the brian trust, eh?

  13. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Morgan @ 2nd, Braun @ 1st and Stay Puf’t up. My eyes are closed…whew! Close one!

  14. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:45 PM

    Kennedy batting, so 1 out already.

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:46 PM

      Why do people aplaud striking out a pitcher? May as well applaud a chicken eating corn…

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:48 PM

        Zowie, Bloomers is on 1st. 2 hits so far today, for him. Hill up. He loves a high strike. They know all about him in the AL; swings over at any low breaking pitch or golfs an out. See?

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:49 PM

        Other Upton, now. Shadow’s are getting to be a factor…dang, nearly did it! Kid tried his best there.

  15. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Cur,
    I think we are the only two on here. Also, I’m not going to lie, I am starting to get ridiculously nervous for the Phillies game.

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:57 PM

      I feel that! Know what sucks though? I don’t appear to have coverage! I’m going to be reliant on the blog for updates. While I watch the Yankees. Looks like Betancourt is a single, double and homer shy of the cycle.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 3:59 PM

        Dang. 2 – 0 Brewers. Lucroy knows his bid-ness.

    • kopy - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      WOOOOOO BREWERS!!!!!

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:06 PM

        Yeah, yeah. You wait, the Blue Jays are coming up…

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:09 PM

        Dag nabbit! Nyjer Morgan, you, you . . . . *sputters in incoherent rage*

  16. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Fair ball. Braun to 2nd. Probably intentional walk to Stay Puf’t.

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM

      Why did they pitch to Stay Puf’t? Why?

      • kopy - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM

        BOOM

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:22 PM

        Note to all; do not pitch to Prince Fielder with the game on the line, a man on an with a pitcher he’s seen more than twice. Jeeez….

  17. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Why pitch to Fielder there with a runner on 2nd and two out?

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      @##!#^&#!!!!! Oh look, Zig Zag Ziegler gets the 3rd out on Weeks. DAMMIT!

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:25 PM

      Hey doc; the Phillies will be on right after this game for me it seems! Woooo!

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:27 PM

        Yeah…5:07 first pitch. I don’t know why, but I am crazy nervous for the game.

  18. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Ok. deeeep breath. The Snakes made a bid-ness of coming back in ball games. The pwned the league in that. They better get started soon.

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:28 PM

      Lookee here!

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:31 PM

        48 come from behind reg-season wins for the Snakes. Most in the league. K-Rod warming up, but Gallardo is looking pretty good still. Kennedy out. Burroughs pinch hitting.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:34 PM

        That was not strike 3. The robot clearly saw it inside.

  19. cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Snakes have 3 outs left to get this one. Got to do it against Axford. *GULP*

    • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:48 PM

      Hill flies out. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:49 PM

        Great whiskers on Axford. Hand him a banjo and a plaid shirt and he’s set for an evening on the porch with a jug.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        That’s some nasty pitching there man. Snakes aint comin’ back against that.

      • cur68 - Oct 1, 2011 at 4:53 PM

        Stay Puf’t and the Brewers win. Ooooooof!

  20. nprakash5 - Oct 1, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Couple of mistakes by the Dbacks cost them, not holding Bloomquist on 3rd and then pitching to Prince Fielder. Of course would have liked to see Parra dive to catch the ball.

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