NLDS Game 5: Three keys for a Brewers win


NLDS Game 5: Three keys for a Brewers win

CREATED Oct 7, 2011

1. Get off to a fast start. In two losses in Arizona, the Brewers were outscored 7-1 in the first inning. They barely had time to catch their breath in playing catch-up from the get-go. If the Brewers can get on the board first, the crowd will turn Miller Park upside down, and the Diamondbacks will press.


2. Take advantage of every opportunity to score. That sounds obvious, but in what will likely be a pitcher's dual, it's important the Brewers manufacture runs from the start. That may mean bunting a runner over in the 2nd inning, or using a pinch hitter earlier than usual to create a favorable matchup.


3. Patience. It sounds contradictory to the previous key, but patience will be a virtue. For the Brewers to chase Ian Kennedy, they will need to force his pitch count up and take advantage of the few mistakes he will make. It's also important the Brewers don't rush to make plays. The Diamondbacks have capitalized on defensive miscues in this series. It didn't show up in the box score as an error, but if Shaun Marcum were able to cleanly field a comebacker in game 3, the Brewers would have escaped the inning with a double play. Instead, Paul Goldschmidt delivered a 2-out grand slam to sink the crew.