The Milwaukee Brewers kicked off their second postseason in three years with a win, defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 1 at Miller Park.

Yovani Gallardo, riding a stretch of excellent pitching, was fantastic in his 8 inning, 1 run, 4 hit performance. You fault him for the run, a solo home run in the 8th, but he was near-perfect the rest of the day. He set the bar high for what is expected to be one of the best rotations in the playoffs.

The Brewers didn’t dominate at the plate, but the pitching allowed for 4 runs to win, and Arizona never really challenged. Prince Fielder scored the highlight play of the night, a 2-run homer in the 7th inning. Arizona contemplated removing their starter but stuck with him with Ryan Braun on base and 1 out. Fielder took it to right field to double a 2-0 score. John Axford stepped up in the bullpen when Gallardo allowed the 1 run, and he got his first career postseason save.

There can’t be many teams as pumped up as Milwaukee right now. They’ll continue the energy tomorrow afternoon, possibly with the roof closed again. Zack Grienke starts Game 2.

 

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