Rookies extend D-backs’ season
Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 7:01 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks put one rookie on the mound and another in the No. 5 spot in the batting order in a game they had to win.
Both seemed oblivious to the pressure. Both came through brilliantly.
And the Diamondbacks lived to play another day.
Josh Collmenter, he of the unorthodox tomahawk-throwing pitching style, shut down Milwaukee’s big hitters for the third time this season and Paul Goldschmidt hit the third grand slam by a rookie in postseason history in an 8-1 rout on Tuesday night that cut the Milwaukee Brewers’ lead in the best-of-5 series to 2-1.
Neither player was on Arizona’s opening day roster.
The victory forced a Game 4 tonight at Chase Field.
Texas 4, Tampa Bay 3
Adrian Beltre stood off to the side of the interview room, drying his face with a giant towel. The Texas Rangers were celebrating another playoff series win, and their hot-hitting, championship-seeking third baseman relished being in the middle of the party.
Ian Kinsler also homered, going deep on the second pitch of the game to help Texas take the best-of-five series 3-1 and end Tampa Bay’s remarkable run to the wild-card spot.
New York 10, Detroit 1
With the season on the line and no better options, the Yankees sent A.J. Burnett to the mound and hoped for the best.
Burnett pitched effectively into the sixth, and the Yankees routed the Detroit Tigers Tuesday night to send their AL playoff series back to the Bronx.
Published in The Messenger 10.5.11