Rookies. When Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson announced after Sunday’s game that rookie pitcher Josh Collmenter would start game three against the Milwaukee Brewers, it was typical Gibby. He was going with the guy who had shut down the Brewers in the regular season. Collmenter didn’t disappoint as he, with the help of Paul Goldschmidt grand slam, another rookie, defeated the Brewers 8-1 to send the series to a game four tomorrow night at Chase Field.
Collmenter went seven innings, only giving up one run, a Corey Hart home run, and two hits. Just what the doctor ordered. Then enter Goldschmidt. He hit his second homer of the series and added five RBI’s, which tied a Dbacks postseason record, to bring the crowd to call for a curtain call. He obliged the fans.
The Dbacks got early runs in the first and that set the tone for the rest of the evening. It is exactly what the Dbacks needed to keep the pressure off of Collmenter in an elimination game. Now we wait and see what the Dbacks can do tomorrow night with Joe Saunders on the mound. He is going to face Randy Wolf, who was shelled by the Dbacks back in July in Milwaukee, giving up seven runs in six innings, all seven coming in the first three innings.