(CTN News) – A pressure-packed Game 1 between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers was close and tight throughout.
To give the D-backs breathing room, first baseman Christian Walker broke through in the top of the ninth with a two-run double against dominant closer Devin Williams. The game was ultimately decided by Walker’s extra-base hit.
At American Family Field, the Mets defeated the Brewers 6-3 in Game 1. Here is more from the game.
The leaping catch Evan Longoria made in the fifth inning with the bases loaded will remain in the minds of Diamondbacks fans for a long time. In his 16th season in the major leagues, and turning 38 on Saturday, Longoria went airborne on a Tyrone Taylor line drive off third base.
A double play was turned as he snagged the liner and fired to second base to end the inning. As a result of the clutch catch, the D-backs were able to maintain a 4-3 lead rather than allowing the Brewers to take control of the game.
He put on a show all night, later flipping the ball to second base and catching Christian Yelich as he slipped off the base for an out. Longoria’s key plays made a significant difference in a close game such as this first game. This is a vintage Longo.
On Tuesday, seven Arizona pitchers combined to limit the Brew Crew to three runs despite surrendering 12 hits and four walks.
D-backs pitchers receive MVP awards for their outstanding bullpen performance, with special mention given to rookie right-hander Brandon Pfaadt for his outstanding performance in his first career playoff game.
On paper, the D-backs appeared weaker with a rookie facing the Brewers’ ace Corbin Burnes. Rather, Arizona’s cavalry of arms effectively shut down the Brewers.
The Arizona bullpen put up goose eggs for 6.1 innings following the exit of Pfaadt in the third. A first career postseason save was recorded by right-hander Paul Sewald.
Despite heavy traffic on the basepaths, both the Brewers and D-backs were unable to capitalize on their opportunities. With runners in scoring position, Arizona went 0-for-8; Milwaukee went 2-for-10. There were nine men left on base by the D-backs and ten by the Brewers.
In the end, the D-backs were able to end their postseason drought with a come-from-behind victory. On Tuesday, Arizona improved to 1-14 in postseason history when trailing by three or more runs. Having reached the NLDS, the team is well positioned for success.
Burnes struggled to hit the long ball this year, but he only surrendered three-plus home runs in two starts during the regular season. The three-homer barrage he unleashed on his second run through the order was impressive.
Given the dominant pitching staff Milwaukee has from Burnes to Williams, it is believed that Milwaukee just needed to provide Burnes with a little bit of run support to comfortably win Game 1. Against Pfaadt, the Brewers scored one run in the first inning before Taylor homered in the second inning to make it 3-0.
However, Burnes allowed the D-backs to come back in the third inning as Corbin Carroll and Ketel Marte hit back-to-back home runs. In the fourth inning, Arizona took a 4-3 lead against Burnes when catcher Gabriel Moreno hit a home run.
The D-backs will face Zac Gallen (17-9, 3.47 ERA) on Wednesday night at the same time and location. In Game 3, Freddy Peralta (12-10, 3.86 ERA) will attempt to keep Milwaukee’s season alive.