The Arizona Diamondbacks drew first blood from the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 of their NLDS series. Down 0-2 the D-backs were facing elimination but were also confident and loose going into the game. Rookie Josh Collmenter started for Snakes while Shaun Marcum took the ball for Milwaukee.
The D-backs struck in their first at-bat with Willie Bloomquist leading off with a hit and then a steal. Aaron Hill and Justin Upton both got the bat on the ball but hit into outs which brought up Miguel Montero. Miggy bounced a double off the center field wall to drive in Bloomquist and then scored from second when Paul Goldschmidt hit an outside pitch sharply to right field.
Getting on the board early with two runs in the first certainly couldn't have hurt the confidence of young Collmenter. "The Tomahawk" walked Ryan Braun with two outs in the first inning and was a tad amped up causing a 86 mph fast ball to find the big bulky arm of Prince Fielder. "The Ferris Wheel" got out of the two-out jame by striking out Rickie Weeks.
Big Corey Hart put the Brewers on the map with a lead-off home run to start the third inning. Collmenter struck out Braun and got Fielder to hit a lazy ball to center to prevent any more damage.
In the bottom of the third, Aaron Hill and Justin Upton walked with one out in front of Miguel Montero. Miggy drove in Hill with a single. Then with runners on the corners and one out and Goldy at the plate the D-backs did something very D-back like. Hill tried to steal second and on the throw, Upton broke for home. The play fooled no one and Upton was easily tagged out on the 2-4-2 caught stealing. It was...aggressive?
Arizona leads 3-1 going into the fourth inning.