BREWERS 4, Diamondbacks 1: Perfection | Disciples of Uecker

Disciples of Uecker

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Yovani Gallardo didn’t throw a perfect game. Ian Kennedy and the Diamondbacks held the Brewers to eight hits on 31 at-bats. It wasn’t, at least technically speaking, a perfectly played game.

I wouldn’t change a thing.


Yovani Gallardo put together a start for the ages, holding the Diamondbacks to just one run on three hits. He tied Don Sutton‘s record for strikeouts in a playoff game with nine and he only allowed one free pass. For at least the first seven innings, he challenged Mike Caldwell’s 1982 World Series-opening complete game shutout for the best start in Brewers postseason history (a small history, to be fair, but with its share of good performances). By game score, Gallardo’s 78 ranks second, only behind Caldwell’s 83 in the aforementioned shutout, and well ahead of Pete Vuckovich’s 62 in the 1981 ALDS, the next best performance.

Although the offense was stymied by Ian Kennedy early on, there were signs they would break through. Kennedy struggled to put away hitters. The Brewers were putting the ball in play, striking out only twice over the first three innings and putting the ball in the air on a regular basis. Then, in the fourth, they broke through. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder did much of the legwork, with a Braun single followed by a Fielder double to set up the first real threat of the game. The Brewers couldn’t cash in as much as they hoped, but they broke through with a Jerry Hairston — who also played fine defense at third — sacrifice fly.

With a 1-0 lead and Gallardo cruising, the tone was set. The Brewers added an unlikely second run thanks to a Yuniesky Betancourt triple and a Jon Lucroy bloop single in the sixth. The superstars put the game away in the seventh, as Ryan Braun doubled, showing off impressive plate coverage on an opposite-field double. Then Prince Fielder showed off his mammoth power, depositing Ian Kennedy’s final pitch into the right field seats. The move to pitch to Fielder with first base open and two outs will be roundly criticized. It’s true, the move was probably a mistake, but don’t underestimate the impact of seeing Rickie Weeks in that on-deck circle instead of Casey McGehee or Jerry Hairston Jr.

Gallardo couldn’t bring the shutout home, as Ryan Roberts tattooed a home run to center to open up the eighth. But Gallardo struck out the next three batters, John Axford finished it out with a 1-2-3 ninth, and the Brewers took a 4-1 victory out of game one.

The Brewers perfectly executed Milwaukee Brewers baseball, and now Zack Greinke gets a chance to give the Brewers a huge lead in his first ever postseason start tomorrow at Miller Park. It’s a good day for baseball in Milwaukee.

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  1. Brian says: October 1, 2011

    What I was impressed with the most is the patience the Brewers hitters showed throughout the game. Working the count, fighting off tough pitches, it was a breath of fresh air to watch. I’m not only happy with the win, but the way the team carried themselves throughout the game. Go Crew!

  2. stabby says: October 2, 2011

    i was particularly happy to hairston playing 3b in place of casey—-he turned in at least 2 plays in the field that casey would never have been able to make

  3. Swanny says: October 2, 2011

    Likewise with the above comments. I encountered this blog around midseason and I have really, really enjoyed making it a part of my daily round of websites visited (of which I have about three). More than anything it was sure fun to hear the excitement in the Uke’s voice yesterday. Every time Fox has a couple of their mouth breathers call world series play, I tend to wax nostalgic to anyone within earshot about when Uecker called the series on NBC. So, without jinxing anything, here is hoping for one more chance to hear Bob Uecker call the world series. Thanks again for the great work!

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