The Diamondbacks were silenced in Game 1 in Milwaukee. The Brewers went on to win 4-1 behind an amazing game behind Yovani Gallardo.
Gallardo pitched 8 strong innings striking out nine batters and only allowing 4 hits. Ryan Roberts was able to hit a home run in the 8th inning but it was not enough. Behind the Milwaukee offense Gallardo had enough breathing room to pitch the way he needed to get the win.
Kennedy was quite the opposite. He did not look like the 21 game winner and Cy Young candidate. Kennedy allowed 8 hits, 4 runs, and struck out only 3 batters. His biggest mistake came in the bottom of the 7th inning. Prince Fielder came up to bat with Ryan Braun on 2nd base. One option would be to walk Fielder and take your chances on Rickie Weeks. Instead Kennedy pitched to Fielder and crushed a 2 run home run to put the Diamondbacks to bed. Why he was not walked is beyond me. You can’t let Fielder dictate whether or not he is going to crush you. To stay in the game you must neutralize Fielder and late in the game with an empty base you have to walk Fielder.
The Diamondbacks just could not get their hits as Gallardo spotted his pitches perfectly the entire game. The only thing the Diamondbacks can hope to do is rebound and steal a win in Milwaukee to split the series.
The Diamondbacks will send out Daniel Hudson against Zack Grienke, who will be pitching on short rest. The Diamondbacks need to attack Grienke as soon as possible and they will need to neutralize Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder if they hope to stay in this game.
The Diamondbacks now know how a playoff game feels. Now is the time to get back to Arizona baseball and attack the Brewers for Game 2.
About the Author
Written by Matthew Hesse
Matthew Hesse is currently located in Tucson, Arizona and he graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors in Business Management in 2009. Graduated from Tiffin University with a Masters in Business Administration with a focus in Sports Management in 2011. Recent intern with the Pro Exposure Basketball Showcase and Greene Sports Management. Fan of Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Suns, and the University of Arizona Athletics.