Photo by Jordan Megenhardt
By Josh Greene
With 94 wins in the regular season, the D-backs’ first of the playoffs undoubtedly came just in the nick of time.
Arizona pounded out 11 hits vs. the Brewers en route to an 8-1 win in Tuesday’s Game 3 at Chase Field. They still trail in the NLDS series two games to one, with one more to play in Phoenix Wednesday night.
Coming off his first career postseason hit (and home run) in Game 2 Sunday, rookie Paul Goldschmidt did one better Tuesday, tying a franchise playoff record with 5 RBI (Steve Finley, 1999; Danny Bautista, 2001). The first D-back to ever hit a grand slam in the playoffs, he also became the second rookie since 1998 to hit one in the postseason (Ricky Ledee, 1999) with his fifth inning blast off Milwaukee starter Shaun Marcum.
“I’m sure he missed his spot because it ended up down the middle and I was able to get a good part of the bat on it,” Goldschmidt said, “I knew I hit it well, but (Corey) Hart was going after it hard. And luckily it was able to get out of here.
“Right now, it’s not about me. It’s about the team. And really that’s how it’s been this whole year since I got here. That’s how we got in this situation, and (we’ll) try to keep (it) going.”
Miguel Montero was hitless in eight at-bats through the first two games before stepping into the batter’s box in Game 3. Lacing an RBI double in the bottom of the first inning for the D-backs’ first run, the All-Star catcher once again plated a run two innings later with an RBI single.
“Miggy did a great job,” D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. “Actually his last two at bats in Milwaukee he had a good bat off (LaTroy) Hawkins, one that he caught, went off his glove. And then he had a good bat off (John) Axford. We saw that as a good sign. He had a great approach tonight. He stayed up the middle his first two at bats, and drove in some runs.”
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