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ARI@MIL Gm2: Gibson on the rough sixth inning in loss

MILWAUKEE -- The Arizona Diamondbacks led the Majors in come-from-behind wins in 2011.

They will need a historic comeback if they hope to win the National League Division Series.

A five-run rally in the sixth inning led the Brewers past the D-backs, 9-4, on Sunday evening in Game 2 of the National League Division Series at Miller Park.

Down two games to none, the D-backs face elimination Tuesday when the series shifts to Phoenix for Game 3. Under the current best-of-five playoff system, teams that trail 0-2 have lost 36 of 40 times, and in the 19 times it has happened in the NLDS, no team has rallied to win the series.

"When we came into the clubhouse after the game, quite a few guys spoke up and said, 'It's not over,'" D-backs outfielder Chris Young said. "We've got to go home and do what we do at home. It's a challenge by all means, it's not going to be easy, but it's the situation we're in right now."

Division Series History
It's been much more difficult to come back from a series deficit in the Senior Circuit.
Scenario ALDS NLDS
1-0 18 14 29 3
2-0 17 4 19 0
2-1 14 5 16 1
The same grit that carried them to the NL West title helped the D-backs battle back after the Brewers jumped out to an early lead.

Ryan Braun got the sellout crowd rocking in the first when he blasted a Daniel Hudson changeup over the wall in center to give the Brewers a 2-0 advantage.

"Really the only pitch I want back all night," Hudson said. "The guy is hot right now, can't make a mistake like that."

The D-backs responded right away as Paul Goldschmidt led off the second with a homer of his own, this one to right-center off Zack Greinke.

Braun and Prince Fielder were huge factors in Milwaukee's Game 1 win, and they remained a thorn in Arizona's side in Game 2. The duo are a combined 9-for-16 in the series with two homers and six RBIs.

Braun started a rally in the third with a two-out double, and he came around to score when Fielder followed with a single back up the middle.

Rickie Weeks then launched a deep fly to center that one-hopped the wall for a triple and a 4-1 Milwaukee lead.

"It's a tough lineup to go through so you can only keep them at bay for so long," Hudson said. "You just try to do what you can to limit the damage."

Once again, the D-backs came right back, this time with a one-out solo homer from Young that pulled Arizona to within 4-2.

Then in the fifth, the D-backs pulled even at 4 when Justin Upton crushed a 92-mph Greinke fastball into the left-field bleachers for a two-run homer.

"We tied it up and gave ourselves a chance to win," Upton said. "It just didn't work out for us."

For the first time all night, and maybe in the series, the momentum seemed to shift into the Arizona dugout as the sellout crowd went quiet.

"At that moment, I thought we were going to win that game," Young said.

That optimism, along with any perceived momentum, disappeared quickly in the bottom of the sixth as the Brewers sent 10 men to the plate while chasing Hudson and taking control of the game.

"We just stuck with it," said Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan. "They're a heck of a ballclub over there, the Diamondbacks. But we just stuck with our gameplan and everything came to be."

With one out in the inning, Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled, and Gibson elected to go to his bullpen to bring in Brad Ziegler.

"[Hudson] actually started to throw the ball well in the end, but when Hairston got the double I had to take him out," said Gibson.

Hudson, though, thought he still was strong after throwing 93 pitches.

"I felt like I had enough left to at least get a couple more outs," he said. "It wasn't my call, obviously."

Things unraveled quickly for Ziegler in his first taste of postseason action. The right-hander immediately balked Hairston to third and then walked Yuniesky Betancourt on four pitches.

Jonathan Lucroy then laid down a safety squeeze, and Ziegler tried to flip the ball to the plate. The wild toss allowed one runner to score and the other runners to move up to second and third.

"It's just an excitable moment," said Gibson. "Actually, I thought he was going to tag [Lucroy] at first, but he obviously thought he had a chance at it, and again in that situation you just want to try and take your out. But he didn't do it. You've got a guy who's busting his tail out there. It's not as easy as it might seem. It's a very intense situation."

It was a play that did not catch the D-backs by surprise.

"I fully expected it, I just didn't execute the play," Ziegler said. "I should have taken the out at first."

After an intentional walk, Corey Hart drove in a run with a single to center, Morgan singled in two runs and Braun capped things with a run-scoring single, and the Brewers led, 9-4.

The D-backs got multiple runners on in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings against the Brewers bullpen, but they were unable to narrow the deficit.

"We just didn't have that big inning like they did," second baseman Aaron Hill said. "We got a couple runs here and there and Upton with the big home run. We kept grinding away, but we just couldn't pull anything together those last couple innings."

And if the D-backs don't get it together and find a way to win Tuesday behind rookie Josh Collmenter, their storybook season will be over sooner than they hoped.

"I think the Brewers know -- and if they don't, they should know -- that things could turn around just as quick as they happen," Young said. "We could turn this around and have the momentum on our side, and we're a team that's very capable of doing that." Comments