Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

MLB 2011 Game #15: NLDS Game 2 - Diamondbacks vs. Brewers

Miller Park will be overflowing with blue and gold this afternoon as the Milwaukee Brewers play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 2 of the National League Division Series (NLDS). After winning Game 1 by a score of 4-1, the Brewers look to seize control of the best-of-five series before heading to the southwest. And yes, we will be there.

This afternoon, both teams will send starting pitchers to the mound making their postseason debuts. The National League West Division champions, the Arizona Diamondbacks, will send Daniel Hudson to the mound. During the 2011 regular season, he finished 16-12 with a 3.49 ERA. The NL Central champions, the Milwaukee Brewers, will counter with Zack Greinke. During his first season as a member of the Brewers, he compiled a 16-6 record with a 3.83 ERA. Greinke posted amazing numbers under Milwaukee's retractable roof this season. He recorded 11 wins and a 3.13 ERA in his 15 starts at Miller Park. Since he pitched during the regular season finale on Wednesday night, Greinke will be working on short rest.

As I mentioned in my blog on Thursday, today's game will be my first playoff game. I'm still disappointed that the Chicago Cubs were swept in the 2007 NLDS. I had tickets for Game 4 against, oddly enough, the Arizona Diamondbacks. The closest I've come to a playoff game was the 1998 National League Wild Card tiebreaker between the San Francisco Giants and the Cubs at Wrigley Field. To date that was still the most expensive upper deck seat I ever purchased. It was well worth the cost since the Cubs won. It was exhilarating to be in attendance to see my team advance to the postseason for the first time since they clinched the old National League East Division in 1989.

I am eager to see how different Miller Park will look and feel than a during regular season games. Since Susan became a Brewers fan, we make it to a minimum of four games in Milwaukee each season. Even though we've seen the place packed before, I'm expecting the park to be even more electric than ever before. At the end of the 2008 season, we were there when the Brewers beat the Cubs (mixed with a New York Mets loss) to clinch the NL Wild Card.

Following today's game, the Brewers and Diamondbacks will travel to Phoenix for Game 3 on Tuesday. If needed, Game 4 is scheduled for Wednesday. Since the Brewers have home field advantage in this series, a potential Game 5 is scheduled for Friday at Miller Park.

You can find today's game on TBS at 4 p.m. Central Time.

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