W: Micah Owings (1-0)
L: Randy Wolf (0-1)
HR: Carlos Gomez (1), Ryan Roberts (2), Chris Young 2 (3), Aaron Hill (1)
MVP: Ryan Braun (+.132)
LVP: Randy Wolf (-.479)
Since MLB switched to the current playoff format, no team has ever taken a 2-0 lead in an NLDS and gone on to lose the series. The Brewers had three chances this week to avoid becoming the first, but they've blown the first two as the Diamondbacks forced a fifth and decisive game on Friday.
If you thought Shaun Marcum's performance last night was awful, then you must've been pretty impressed by the way Randy Wolf one-upped him tonight. Wolf didn't even wait until the fifth inning to let the game get out of reach: He allowed five runs in the first on a grand slam for Ryan Roberts and a solo shot by Chris Young. Despite a pretty clear indication that Wolf had nothing going for him tonight, Ron Roenicke left him in long enough to allow seven runs on eight hits in just three innings, walking three and striking out two.
The Brewer offense, meanwhile, pushed across single runs in four different innings and scored two more in the eighth tonight but missed multiple opportunities to put together a big rally. Yuniesky Betancourt led the team with three hits and scored all three times.
These two teams will head back to Milwaukee tonight and close out the series with Game 5 on Friday.