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By Josh Greene
For a team that’s been remarkably resilient all season long, the D-backs know they will need to be even more so on Tuesday for Game 3 of their National League Division Series vs. Milwaukee.
After a four-hit outing in Game 1, the D-backs tallied 10 in a losing effort Sunday in Game 2’s 9-4 loss to the Brewers. The Diamondbacks left 10 runners on base, now putting them one loss away from postseason elimination in the best-of-five series.
“It’s no secret what our situation is,” shortstop Willie Bloomquist said. “The last thing you want to do is kick two games here and go home down 0-2. If there’s any team that’s been down before and come back, it’s us. We’re certainly not going to fold up our tents just yet. We’ll come out fighting Tuesday and see what happens. It’s a tough position to be in but we are comfortable with the uncomfortable. I have confidence in this team, and every guy in here has confidence we can reel off three in a row.”
D-backs centerfielder Chris Young collected three hits, including a fourth-inning home run – his third ever in NLDS play. With a pair of longballs vs. the Cubs in the 2007 NLDS, he now has six-career postseason RBI.
“We have to keep fighting,” Young said. “They played well tonight, and that’s what you are supposed to do at home. Now we get the opportunity to go home and play in front of our fans. All you can do is continue to push and continue to fight. We still believe in ourselves.”
After a disappointing personal performance at the plate in Game 1, Aaron Hill rebounded for three hits of his own in his second-ever career playoff game Sunday. Although his time in the Sedona Red has been short since his midseason acquisition, he’s been in uniform more than long enough to see the spirit of the club in action.
“We don’t give up,” Hill said. “We intend on sticking to the plan and just playing baseball.”
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