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NLDS Game 2: Milwaukee mashes way to 2-0 series lead

Score and situation: The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-4 on Sunday's Game 2 to take a 2-0 lead in the NLDS.

Leading ladRyan Braun(notes) took an early lead in the race for the Conn Smythe (if there were such a thing in baseball), going 3 for 4 with a homer, three RBIs and two runs scored. Pair that with his 3 for 4, two-run performance in Game 1 and we'd say he's living up to the expectations of an MVP candidate.

Head hangers: Arizona reliever Brad Ziegler(notes) was entrusted with a tie game and a runner on second in the sixth inning and left it a mess without recording a single out. The Brewers scored five runs (four earned) off three hits and two walks on Ziegler's watch in an inning that spelled the difference in the game.

Key play: It's hard to spotlight one hit in a nine-run onslaught, so let's go with plays. Three straight singles by Corey Hart(notes), Nyjer Morgan(notes) and Braun went for a total of four runs, putting the game out of reach in the sixth.

Interesting stat: The Diamondbacks franchise is now 0-6 over its last six postseason games, a streak that dates back to being swept by the Colorado Rockies in the 2007 NLCS.

What they'll be talking about: Can the Brewers transport their home cookin' to the desert and win away from Miller Park? Doing so would allow the team a lot of rest with the NLCS not scheduled to start until Sunday.

What's next: The series moves to Arizona's Chase Field for Game 3 on Tuesday. Shaun Marcum(notes) is expected to pitch for the Brewers, while Josh Collmenter(notes) gets the ball for the Diamondbacks. First pitch is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET and will be the last of four playoff games that day.

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