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Diamondbacks stave off elimination with 8-1 victory

Oct 5, 2011, 12:49 AM EDT

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The Diamondbacks jumped all over Brewers starter Shaun Marcum and won 8-1 Tuesday to extend the NLDS to a Game 4.

Pitching with Arizona down 2-0 in the series, Josh Collmenter shut down the Brewers for the third time this year. He pitched 14 scoreless innings against Milwaukee during the regular season, and he allowed just one run and two hits in seven innings tonight.

Arizona’s offense, which was limited to five runs in the first two games, got on the board right away, scoring two runs on hits from Miguel Montero and Paul Goldschmidt in the first. Montero added another RBI in the third, and Goldschmidt delivered the big blast of the night, knocking Marcum out of the game with a grand slam in the fifth.

It was Goldschmidt’s second homer in two games after he sat in favor of Lyle Overbay in the opener.

Game 4 of the NLDS will be played Wednesday in Arizona, with lefties Randy Wolf and Joe Saunders scheduled to start. Wolf lost both of his starts against the Diamondbacks this season, amassing a 6.08 ERA in the process. Saunders allowed two runs over seven innings in a no-decision in his lone start versus the Brewers.

Notes

- Rickie Weeks shielded Willie Bloomquist from second base on a first-inning steal attempt, but didn’t get the call from umpire Jeff Kellogg. It proved crucial, as the Diamondbacks went on to score two runs with two outs in the frame.

- Goldschmidt’s slam was the third by a rookie in postseason history. The previous two were hit by Yankees: Gil McDougald in the 1951 World Series and Ricky Ledee in the 1999 ALCS.

- Regardless of how many more games the Diamondbacks play this year, it should be a lock now that Goldschmidt won’t be on the bench in any of them. He’s hit 10 homers in 164 at-bats between the regular season and the playoffs, and he’s driven in six of Arizona’s 13 runs in the series.

  1. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Oct 5, 2011 at 12:52 AM

    Question: Marcum almost threw a wild pitch on an IBB tonight, Sabathia did the same last night, and it’s not uncommon to see pitchers struggling to lob 4 balls to the catcher. Couldn’t the catcher just go into the crouch behind the opposite batter’s box and have the pitcher throw 4 real pitches for balls or is he only allowed to crouch behind home plate?

    • 5thbase - Oct 5, 2011 at 2:48 PM

      When the pitcher begins his motion the catcher has to have both feet in the catcher’s box behind home plate. If he doesn’t it’s a balk on the catcher and all runners advance a base.

  2. verytalldad - Oct 5, 2011 at 2:55 AM

    Diamondbacks?? More like “Comeondbacks!”

    Wait. That doesnt sound right.

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 5, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Goldschmidt obviously should have started game 1. Overbay is no longer good enough to be more than a bench player.

    • Francisco (FC) - Oct 5, 2011 at 8:54 AM

      Pittsburgh figured that out, not sure why Arizona took so long… (I jest…)

  4. 5thbase - Oct 5, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    I don’t think “shielded” means what you think it means. Shielding second base means that you take your left foot and put it along the width of the base (either directly or with a small gap) so there is very little room for any base stealer to get through. The downside is that someone coming in feet first can pretty easily break your ankle as your foot has nowhere to go even if you leave a small gap. That’s why it’s ill advised unless you’re positive beyond a doubt that they guy is going in head first.

    What Weeks did was to stand in the basepath with the width of his spread feet doing pretty much nothing to impede the progress of the runner. Bloomquist wasn’t slowed down; he touched the base before his torso slid into Weeks. Regardless, while I initially thought he was out on the failed hit and run attempt, the best replay was from behind and even in super slow motion an out call would have been questionable at best. Plus, if you can’t throw out a not so fast guy on a busted hit and run you probably don’t deserve to have the virtual tie go your way anyway. Your point would have been more poignant had you focused on the Brewers’ inability to take advantage than on not getting a questionable call because that first inning did set the stage for the butt kicking Marcum got. But who knows, maybe he would have been equally terrible in later innings anyway.

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