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Brewers beat Diamondbacks in 10, advance to NLCS

Oct 7, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

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8:49 p.m.update: Nyjer Morgan singled in Carlos Gomez with one out to advance the Brewers to the NLCS.

Gomez singled off J.J. Putz and stole second to get into scoring position before Morgan hit a groundball single up the middle. Chris Young’s throw from center field wasn’t nearly in time.

8:40 p.m. update: Axford rebounded from his poor ninth to retire the Diamondbacks in order in the 10th. Craig Counsell, Carlos Gomez and Nyjer Morgan due up for Milwaukee.

8:32 p.m. update: We’re going to extra innings. David Hernandez has retired all six Brewers he’s faced.

Paul Goldschmidt, Chris Young and the pitcher’s spot are due up for the Diamondbacks in the 10th. Lyle Overbay figures to hit for Hernandez unless it’s a bunting situation.

8:28 p.m. update: Poor Jerry Hairston. He was robbed by Chris Young on his bid for a two-run double in the sixth and he just cranked another to left-center that was grabbed by Gerardo Parra.

8:25 p.m. update: Blanco grounds out to end the top of the ninth with the score tied 2-2. It was pretty impressive the way Axford bounced back, particularly after he botched the squeeze bunt.

Worth remembering now: the Brewers have taken out their third- and fourth-best hitters for defense. Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks were replaced by Carlos Gomez and Craig Counsell.

Jerry Hairston Jr., Yuniesky Betancourt and Jonathan Lucroy are due up against David Hernandnez in the bottom of the ninth.

8:23 p.m. update: Upton taps out to Axford. Now it’s Henry Blanco up after the Diamondbacks chose to run for Miguel Montero with two outs in the eighth.

8:20 p.m. update: Axford finally gets his first out, striking out Aaron Hill. Justin Upton up.

8:17 p.m. update: A Willie Bloomquist safety squeeze ties it up. Even bigger, no out was recorded on the play after Axford got in Prince Fielder‘s way, giving the Diamondbacks two on with none out.

The Brewers were 81-1 when leading after eight innings this season.

8:16 p.m. update: Burroughs pulled back the bunt and flared a 3-2 pitch into shallow right. Runners on first and third, no outs.

8:12 p.m. update: Previously hitless in 17 at-bats for the series, Gerardo Parra took John Axford‘s first pitch of the ninth into right-center for a double. This is getting good.

Sean Burroughs is in looking to drop down a bunt.

8:10 p.m. update: Diamondbacks reliever David Hernandez retired Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks in order in the eighth, so it’s 2-1 Brewers headed to the ninth.


Francisco Rodriguez loaded the bases in the top of the eighth before getting Ryan Roberts to groundout to end the inning. The Brewers will take at least a 2-1 lead into the top of the ninth in Game 5 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks.

While K-Rod was shaky right from the start — he walked Aaron Hill to start the inning — Brewers manager Ron Roenicke never moved to warm up closer John Axford or anyone else in the Milwaukee pen. Rodriguez gave up a single to Miguel Montero with one out and walked Chris Young to load the bases with two outs, but he appeared in control while dealing to Roberts. Roberts guessed fastball on the first pitch and got the slider. He was then late on a fastball on the second pitch, and pitch No. 3 was a routine grounder for an easy out.

The Brewers will turn to Axford in the ninth. Due up are Gerardo Parra, Sean Burroughs and Willie Bloomquist. Parra is hitless today and 0-for-17 in the series.

  1. proudlycanadian - Oct 7, 2011 at 8:06 PM

    Bring on the Canuck!

  2. proudlycanadian - Oct 7, 2011 at 8:20 PM

    Oops! That did not work out as expected.

  3. vikes69 - Oct 7, 2011 at 8:30 PM

    brewers suck

  4. natstowngreg - Oct 7, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    Nyjer is insufferable already, now he will be even worse. Yes, he can be even more insufferable.

    Congrats to the Brewers.

    • stublues33 - Oct 7, 2011 at 9:03 PM

      So what happened to audio delay? I’m so glad he’s gone from Washington.

  5. hotkarlsandwich - Oct 7, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    Stay classy Nyjer Morgan

  6. duanemccoy - Oct 7, 2011 at 9:10 PM

    Well thanks for him! I’ve loved watching Morgan all season and that was an awesome way to win! Go Brewers!

  7. vikesfansteve - Oct 7, 2011 at 9:12 PM

    Nyjer Morgan & Prince Fielder just had the chance to be polite & cordial towards the moment & thank the Diamondbacks for a hard fought series & they could have written their own checks for national endorsement deals. Instead they both play the ghetto fool. What a couple of clowns. They would make Serena Williams proud though. Their agents must have just died a little watching all that money slip out those idiots mouths. They pulled a Will Clark. That guy was a dumb ass racist red neck who couldn’t stop saying fuck just like Nyjer. That cost him millions too, ala Barry Bonds.

    • bchsom16 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:59 AM

      Get off your high horse. They just advanced to the NLCS. I’m sure they were pretty damn excited after the roller coaster ride they just had to go through to clinch the series. Should they have said it, no, but I’m sure if you were in their shoes, in the heat of the moment, you probably would super ecstatic and probably not care too much about a television broadcast.

      • vikesfansteve - Oct 8, 2011 at 5:39 PM

        They acted like idiots.

  8. cptnew1 - Oct 8, 2011 at 3:24 AM

    A great classy guy like Ryan Howard goes down, and we have to put up with more Nyjer. World isn’t fair sometimes.

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