Arizona bats cause damage
PHOENIX - Ryan Roberts hit a grand slam, Chris Young had the first two-homer game in Arizona’s postseason history, and the Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers , 10-6, last night to force Game 5 in the National League Division Series.
After routing the Brewers, 8-1, Tuesday night, the Diamondbacks struck quickly and often in Game 4, scoring five runs in the first inning off Randy Wolf.
The Diamondbacks became the second team - with the 1977 Dodgers - to hit grand slams in consecutive playoff games.
“We’re not going to give up, even when we’re down 2-0,’’ said Young, who drove in three runs. “In the clubhouse, we still believed we could do it. At the time our goal was to get back to Milwaukee. We’ve reached that, so it’s a toss-up now. We’re going to be ready to go.’’
Arizona tied the series at 2-all and sent it to Milwaukee for the decisive game tomorrow. It will be a rematch of Game 1 between 21-game winner Ian Kennedy of the Diamondbacks and fellow righthander Yovani Gallardo.
Written off by many after being outscored, 13-5, in the first two games, baseball’s best rally team - 48 comeback wins during the regular season - has put itself in position to become just the eighth team overall to win a best-of-five series after trailing 0-2.
Young had three RBIs and Aaron Hill hit a solo homer for Arizona’s first four-homer game in the postseason. Pinch hitter Collin Cowgill added a two-run single and the bullpen held on after a less-than-crisp outing by starter Joe Saunders to keep Milwaukee from winning a postseason series for the first time since reaching the 1982 World Series.
Paul Goldschmidt was the Arizona hitting star in Game 3, becoming the third rookie ever to hit a grand slam in the playoffs. He strode to the plate against Wolf with the bases loaded in the first inning last night but Wolf struck him out looking.
Roberts came through, though, lining his second grand slam in four home games over the wall in left.