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Diamondbacks return home with hope

Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:15 pm
Edited on: October 3, 2011 8:18 pm
 
Josh Collmenter

By C. Trent Rosecrans
 

The Diamondbacks have two things going for them heading into Tuesday night's Game 3 of the National League division series -- Josh Collmenter and Chase Field.

The right-handed Collmenter has faced the Brewers twice this season, throwing a total of 14 shutout innings against the Brewers in back-to-back starts in July. Collmenter, who has an unorthodox over-the-top throwing motion, struck out 10 and walked just one in those two games against the Brewers. 

2011 playoffs

Left-hander Joe Saunders was scheduled to take the mound for Arizona in Game 3, but he hurt his hand in batting practice recently and the team wanted to give him another day of rest. Collmenter had been scheduled to go to the bullpen.

The Brewers held baseball's best home record in the regular season, going 57-24 at Miller Park and 39-42 on the road. Arizona had the National League's third-best home record at 51-30, behind just the Brewers and Phillies.

Despite the Brewers' road struggles, they did split their four games at Chase Field this season.

"You have to be confident. We were standing there like in the 8th inning, and I was talking to (Miguel Montero), and I think (Justin Upton) was over there, as crazy as it seems right now, this type of game, if you can come back and win, the momentum shifts on it," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said in Sunday's postgame news conference. "And I was specifically thinking about where we were against the Mets in 1988. We were basically three outs away from going down three games to one to Doc Gooden on the mound. So you have a will, you have to try and find a way. It's the attitude we'll take."

It will also mark the return to Chase Field of Prince Fielder, who was booed during the Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game because of the new format that allowed the team captains to pick their own team. Fielder didn't pick Upton and instead took teammate Rickie Weeks, drawing the ire of the hometown fans in Phoenix -- he was booed again later in the month when the Brewers played in Arizona and should expect more boos Tuesday. Fielder, though, didn't take much offense at the time:



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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Diamondbacks return home with hope

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Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 10:06 pm
 

Diamondbacks return home with hope

That seems a bit extreme considering how weak other divisions are
Rogert that.  Imagine the NL Central with two teams left in the post season.

THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!!!



Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Diamondbacks return home with hope

I hope the D-Backs can give the Brewers a run for their money in Arizona. It looks like the Brew Crew's bats have started to heat up again, but their pitching isn't that dominant that they can't be scored upon. I look for Arizona to take the game tomorrow night, and if they could get the game on Wed. then who knows what could happen when they go back to Milwaukee.



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 8:54 pm
 

Diamondbacks return home with hope

Yeah, and it's too bad there are any other teams besides the Red Sox and the Braves. Oh well, that's life I guess.




Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 2:08 pm
 

Diamondbacks return home with hope

Who won the World Series last year? And what division were they in?  Just wondering...



Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 2:07 pm
 

Diamondbacks return home with hope

Ignorant...people like you almost killed baseball.



Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:59 pm
 

Diamondbacks return home with hope

If only the Braves and Red Sox were in the playoffs.  The ratings would be higher, and most everyone would be happier about the situation.  It is too bad the Braves have to play the Phillies 18 times per season.  That seems a bit extreme considering how weak other divisions are...




Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Diamondbacks return home with hope

I think you mean the Brewers were 39-42 on the road, not 32-42.  That includes finishing the season 18-6 away from Miller Park.


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