It was a cold night in Phoenix Tuesday night as Brewers fans watched their team take a beating from the Diamondbacks in game three of the five-game NL Division playoff series. Heading in to game three, the Milwaukee Brewers lead the series with two wins at Miller Park, but the Diamondbacks came back strong to prevent the sweep.
Just 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position while losing the first two games, it seems the Diamondbacks didn’t waste any time sending runners around once they got home to the desert. Rookie Josh Collmenter dominated Milwaukee, helping the Diamondbacks beat the Brewers 8-1. The hatchet-throwing right-hander had two impressive outings against Milwaukee during the regular season and kept it going in the playoffs, holding the Brewers to Corey Hart’s leadoff homer in the third inning and one other hit over seven. Collmenter retired 15 of the last 16 hitters he faced and set an Arizona rookie postseason record with six strikeouts.
Milwaukee’s power pair of Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun didn’t produce and Fielder had the only hit between them with an infield single in the ninth.
The Brewers’ clubhouse was quiet, but Nyjer Morgan was among those still smiling. “We’re a confident unit here,” he said. “It’s just one of those things where we took a nice little butt-whooping there, but we’ll come back and we’ll be ready to go.”
With only one win needed to seal the deal, the Brewers are in a sweet spot with two games remaining in the series.
Game four is tonight at Chase Field at 8:30 p.m. CST.