The DBacks were lights out against the Brewers yesterday, while Milwaukee ran into a power outage of their own. Let's see if we can't keep that going with the blackout today...
[AZCentral] Goldschmidt's grand slam leads Diamondbacks - Montero suggested the Diamondbacks' new thing might be have enough power to put "Beast Mode" - which sprung from a "Monsters, Inc." imitation - out of commission. Could "The Snake" kill a beast? "Probably," Montero said. "Probably has got to bite it a couple of more times."
[The D-blog] Collmenter dominates Brewers in Game 3 win - Easy to forget in the excitement of Goldschmidt's home run is the great outing Collmenter put up. Maybe we should just call him Miller, because he just owned the Brewers this year.
[FS Arizona] Goldschmidt leads the way in Game 3 rout - Five RBIs ties the Diamondbacks post-season record, and he becomes the second rookie to homer in his first two post-season games. Not bad, Goldy.
[ESPN] Gibson's D-backs win Game 3 their way - " According to Elias, Collmenter is just the second rookie starter in postseason history to go at least seven innings while allowing two hits or less. As ESPN researcher Mark Simon noted, from 1903-2010, no rookies did it, but in less than a week, we got to see it done twice."
[SI.com] Paul Goldschmidt, Arizona Diamondbacks beat Milwaukee Brewers - "I've been in that situation plenty of times and failed more than I've succeeded," Goldschmidt said of having the preceding hitter intentionally walked. "And luckily tonight was a good night to come through."
- [Yahoo!] Goldschmidt's 5 RBIs help Diamondbacks stay alive - "The Arizona Diamondbacks put one rookie on the mound and another in the No. 5 spot in the batting order in a game they had to win. Both seemed oblivious to the pressure. Both came through brilliantly."
More Game News:
- [dbacks.com] D-backs break out 'the Snake' in Game 3 win - "Beast Mode"? We don't need no stinkin' move copied from a kids' movie...
- [AZCentral] Fans in Homer, Mich., cheer on Collmenter - "The only reason they have a satellite television at Cascarelli's is because the local firefighters there pooled their money to buy one so they could watch Collmenter when he pitches."
- [Yahoo!] Roenicke gets a pass for walking Montero - A clue was ball two to Montero during the intentional walk, a lob that came perilously close to crossing the plate. "It was like a softball pitch," Montero said. "I couldn’t believe it. It took me by surprise and I didn’t swing."
- [dbacks.com] A Postgame Interview with Paul Goldschmidt - "It was awesome. Almost 50,000 people here cheering for us. We were in Milwaukee and their crowd was loud. But to get home and get the momentum early with a quick first inning and score a couple of runs, it was definitely a huge momentum boost."
- [Big League Stew] Former teammates in minors cheer Goldschmidt after slam - Goldy gets some well-deserved love for his slam.
[AZCentral] Diamondbacks punch back, stagger the swaggering Brewers - "When the Brewers elected to intentionally walk Miguel Montero, the crowd began chanting an obscenity." I emailed Dan Bickley, since every other report [and my own ears!] said it was "Gold-schmidt" that was being chanted... To his credit, he's looking into this.
- [ESPN] Gibson's D-backs win Game 3 their way - " According to Elias, Collmenter is just the second rookie starter in postseason history to go at least seven innings while allowing two hits or less. As ESPN researcher Mark Simon noted, from 1903-2010, no rookies did it, but in less than a week, we got to see it done twice. "
- [dbacks.com] D-backs starter Josh Collmenter: 'I exceeded my expectations' - "It wasn't until you see the atmosphere and the fans all wearing red with their pom-poms and how exciting that was. Other than that, I just stuck to the same routine, got to the ballpark at the same time, did the normal warmup things. I didn't want to try to put any other pressure on it."
- [Big League Stew] Marcum glove flip a reminder of Lilly’s glove slam - "When a pitcher makes a mistake and gives up a big hit, giving no reaction is probably the best reaction. Like in courtroom scenes on TV or in the movies, don't let the jury think you've just been wounded by "surprise" witness testimony. Same goes on the baseball field: Never let 'em see you sweat. Keep your cool."
Non D-backs stuff
- [MLB.com] Jose Valverde named MLB Delivery Man of the Year - "When it comes to naming the best closer of the season, it's hard to beat perfection. Statistically, Jose Valverde staked that claim, going 49-for-49 in save opportunities"
- [Yahoo!] Holliday back in Cardinals' lineup for Game 4 - "Manager Tony La Russa made out two lineup cards prior to Wednesday's game, one with Holliday in it and one without him. The star outfielder has been out because of an injured right middle finger."
- [ESPN] Texas Rangers' Mike Napoli checks out fine after collision - Napoli was involved in a hard collision at home plate in Game 4 as Tampa Bay's Sean Rodriguez barreled into him, causing Napoli to fall backward. "Mike is fine," Washington said Wednesday. "You're always nervous when your catcher has a collision at home plate. But it's a part of the game."
- [MLB.com] CC Sabathia, not Justin Verlander, available for Game 5 if needed - The Yankees expect to tell CC Sabathia to lace up his game-day spikes for Thursday's Game 5 of the American League Division Series, just in case he is needed out of the bullpen. But Tigers manager Jim Leyland was emphatic that Justin Verlander will watch the deciding game of the ALDS as a spectator, his workload complete for this playoff.
Let's give 'em some more of that tonight- I'll be in the stands, will you?