"He's got a lot of deception, [with] his delivery," Roenicke said. "We're not the only team that has trouble with him. He's done well. His first year up in the big leagues, extremely well. Great changeup, good location on the fastball. He mixes in the curveball enough to where you have to think about it."Collmenter may be a rookie, but he gave a veteran's explanation for his success against the Brewers. "I think against the Brewers I had a lot of things working," he said. "I was able to establish the fastball and I think really kept them uncomfortable. And as the game got on, I think them being such an aggressive team, it got them frustrated. And then you can flip that aggressiveness around on them, make them swing at pitches they're not necessarily comfortable swinging at." The Brewers will send Shaun Marcum against Collmenter. On the Major Leagues' best home team, Marcum was headed in the other direction. He was much better on the road (8-3, 2.21 ERA) than at home (5-4, 4.81). Marcum is a finesse/command pitcher who polished his craft pitching for Toronto in the ultra-tough American League East. His sense of humor has also helped him over the rough spots. "That was one thing I learned real quick when I got up there is you have to locate and keep the ball down," Marcum said. "For the most part, I've been able to do that, especially on the road. Not so much at home. But luckily we're not playing at Miller Park." Marcum might be the only man on the Milwaukee roster who would make that last remark. But anywhere on the planet, the Brewers are one victory away from the NL Championship Series. The D-backs are home, but they are home with no remaining margin for error. Gibson said that given the D-backs' situation, he had a thought about difficult straits in a previous postseason, this one an NLCS when he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. "I was specifically thinking about where we were against the Mets in 1988," Gibson said. "We were basically three outs away from going down three games to one, Doc Gooden on the mound." The Dodgers rallied to win that game and went on to win that series in seven games. That, of course set the stage for the Dodgers' triumph over the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. That victory was set in motion when Gibson, suffering from a hamstring injury that was so severe he could barely walk, much less run, limped up to the plate and hit a pinch-hit home run off premier closer Dennis Eckersley to win Game 1. The path ahead is clear for the D-backs. As Gibson put it: "So you have a will, you have to try and find a way. It's the attitude we'll take." That is the only attitude the D-backs can take at this point. They're in against a tough Milwaukee club that is playing at a high level. What Arizona has at this point is a track record of not giving in to what might seem to others like inevitable defeat.