Many weaknesses, many strengths came into play in the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 10th inning victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday, a victory that sends the Brewers to the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Before I go any further though, congrats to the Milwaukee Brewers. It ended up being a good series which included a great game five.
The Dbacks had a little of everything we saw throughout the season.
This game saw:
- Good pitching from Ian Kennedy
- Good opponent pitching
- Great outfield defense from Chris Young (which deserves mention as play of the year)
- A Justin Upton home run
- Several balls just missing home runs (we saw A LOT of those this season)
- Give up a lead
- Come back to tie game thanks to a Willie Bloomquist safety squeeze. Pure Gibby Ball in action.
- Great relief from David Hernandez
- Unable to bring runners in to score on golden opportunities, which was the eventual downfall of the Dbacks in game five
The Dbacks never say die. Brewers closer John Axford gave up a blown save, the second time the Dbacks have gotten to him this season. To their credit though, they made the Dbacks pay for their mistakes. A Henry Blanco dropped ball on a stolen base allowed Carlos Gomez to score on a Nyjer Morgan dribbler up the middle. It was all that was needed to send the Brewers to the NLCS.
It was a season full of the unexpected. The Dbacks may not surprise as much next season, but then again, you never know what Kirk Gibson has up his sleeve.