Five-Run Sixth Sinks D-backs in Game 2
Brad Ziegler (Jerry Lai/US PRESSWIRE)

Posted Oct 3, 2011


The Arizona Diamondbacks unraveled quickly in the sixth inning Sunday, failing into an 0-2 hole in their National League Division Series with a 9-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. Blink, and you might have missed the Brewers' decisive rally.

Milwaukee scored five runs in the span of 13 pitches, and four of those came on an intentional walk. Brad Ziegler did not retire any of the six batters he faced while committing a balk, making a throwing error, walking two, and giving up three singles.

"It was crazy. It was really crazy. I didn't even get a chance to second-guess myself," D-backs catcher Miguel Montero said. "It was like 'OK, here we go, boom-boom, boom-boom-boom.' What's going on over here? I felt like I was in the middle and everybody was shooting."

Ziegler replaced starter Daniel Hudson in a tie game after Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled with one out. Ziegler was called for a balk after throwing a 1-0 pitch to Yuniesky Betancourt, then threw three more balls to walk Betancourt. Jonathan Lucroy put down a safety squeeze, a play the D-backs had seen before from the Brewers, and Ziegler fielded the ball cleanly but flipped the ball over Montero's head, allowing the go-ahead run to score.

"I should have just taken the out at first, but knowing that was the lead run over there, I wanted to try to cut it down," explained Ziegler.  "It wasn't the smart play. The smart play would have been to throw the ball to first."

After a questionable intentional walk of journeyman Mark Kotsay  to load the bases for Corey Hart, Milwaukee's slugging leadoff hitter singled to center to drive in a run on the first pitch he saw, Nyjer Morgan singled to center to drive in two runs on the first pitch he saw, and Ryan Braun singled to center to drive in the final run of the five-run inning on a 1-0 pitch.

"To be honest, I wasn't thinking they were going to be that aggressive. They were on it," said Montero, who said he thought Ziegler was throwing well. "The only thing I saw wrong was those guys swinging at the first pitch. They made good adjustments. They stayed inside the ball pretty good. They never tried to pull anything. They tried to hit the ball back up the middle, and that's what they did."

SNAKE BYTES

--2B Aaron Hill went 3-for-3 with two walks in the second game of the first playoff series of his six-year career. Hill singled in his first three plate appearances, scoring on RF Justin Upton's home run in the fifth, and walked in his last two trips. He hit a line drive into the left-field corner in the first inning that bounced off the wall for what would have been a double, but it was ruled foul. He followed with a single to center. "I was 4-for-3," Hill joked.

--RF Justin Upton's home run off RHP Zack Greinke was his second of the season off Greinke. The first came on a 3-0 pitch on July 21. Both were on 92 mph fastballs. "I guess the fastball must have been a little flat. They were hitting the fastball pretty good," said Greinke, who was starting on three days' rest for the second straight game. The D-backs have five homers in 12 innings against Greinke this season.

--RHP Brad Ziegler did not retire any of the six batters he faced after entering with one out and a runner on second base in the sixth inning. He gave up two walks, one intentional, and three singles while also committing a throwing error. "It's disappointing for sure. I just didn't do my job," Ziegler said. He entered the series as the D-backs' most reliable seventh-inning option, having allowed only four of 21 inherited runners to score while fashioning a 1.74 ERA since joining the D-backs in a trade-deadline deal with Oakland.

--The D-backs believed Brewers LF Ryan Braun missed third base as he turned the bag while scoring on 1B Prince Fielder's single to center field with two outs in the third. Manager Kirk Gibson said, "I didn't see it, but I have people on the bench and (third baseman) Ryan Roberts, as well, thought he missed it. Did you guys see the replay? We always have people that watch it, yeah." Fielder scored when 2B Rickie Weeks followed with a triple.

--1B Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run in his first career postseason at-bat when he drove a 2-2 pitch over the fence in right-center field leading off the second inning against Brewers RHP Zack Greinke. Goldschmidt has homered off three Cy Young winners in the first two months of his major league career. He has two off the Giants' two-time NL Cy Young winner, Tim Lincecum, and one apiece off two former AL Cy Young winners, Cliff Lee and Greinke.

DIAMOND STAT:5 -- D-backs home runs off Milwaukee RHP Zack Greinke in 12 innings this season after they hit three Sunday.

QUOTABLE: "It was like 'OK, here we go, boom-boom, boom-boom-boom.' What's going on over here?" -- C Miguel Montero, when Milwaukee scored five runs in the span of 13 pitches in the sixth inning Sunday.


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