October 01, 2011
Leading lads: Three of Milwaukee's marquee names kicked off what's expected to be a headline weekend in Wisconsin sports. Prince Fielder(notes) went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBI, Ryan Braun(notes) went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo(notes) struck out nine and allowed only one run over eight innings of work.
Head hanger: Arizona's Kirk Gibson made a few questionable non-moves in his managerial playoff debut, the biggest being a refusal to walk Fielder with first base open and two outs in the seventh. Prince made Gibby pay, stroking a two-run homer off Ian Kennedy(notes) to right and giving Milwaukee a four-run lead.
Key play: Fielder's home run was big, but it was his at-bat in the fourth that really got the Brewers going. With an infield shift on, Fielder managed to hit a double down the left field line. The hit moved Braun to third and he later scored the Brewers' first run on a sacrifice fly by Jerry Hairston.
Interesting stat: The last four NL Central champions had been 0-12 in their last 12 playoff games. Milwaukee's win was the first of its kind since the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the 2006 World Series over the Tigers.
What they'll be talking about: After Saturday's win, the Miller Park advantage discussion isn't going anywhere. Especially not since the Brewers will start Zack Greinke(notes) in Game 2 — he went 11-0 with a 3.13 ERA at home this season.
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