MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Roberts obviously had no problem seeing the ball at the plate in the latter stages of Saturday's Game 1 of the National League Division Series, with the shadows and light dissecting Miller Park's landscape.
But Roberts, who drilled an eighth-inning homer to center off the Brewers' Yovani Gallardo to provide the D-backs' only run in the opener, said it wasn't easy to pick up the ball in the field during that time of day, which happens to be about the time that Sunday's Game 2 was to begin.
"It wasn't that bad hitting," Arizona's third baseman said on Sunday. "I would say it was worse being in the field; you know, playing where you're in the shade and the backdrop is in the light, it was tougher to see. You couldn't see anything coming off the bat."
As the 4:07 p.m. CT game time approached on Sunday, it appeared that the light and shadow would have some effect early in the game, at least. The glass panels on the south side of the ballpark were allowing the sun to bathe the entire infield in light, the swath of light seemingly pointed directly toward the left side of the infield, headed out to left field.
First-inning foul call raises questions
MILWAUKEE -- It did not take long for there to be a controversial call in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.
D-backs second baseman Aaron Hill, the second batter of the game, lined a ball down the left-field line that hit off the wall for what would have been a double.
Left-field umpire James Hoye, however, ruled that the ball had struck the wall to the foul side of yellow line on the padded wall.
There was no argument from Hill because he could not get a good look from 344 feet away, and with the way the visiting dugout is situated at Miller Park, none of the D-backs there could see it clearly either.
Major League Baseball does allow for video review of fair or foul home run calls, but not on whether a ball off the wall is fair or foul.
How the inning would have unfolded had the ball been ruled fair is anybody's guess. Hill stepped back in the box and promptly lined a single to center. The D-backs failed to advance him past first as Justin Upton popped out and Miguel Montero struck out.
"It is what it is," Hill said. "You know James is a great umpire and it's tough to see out there. It didn't seem like it changed anything, so who knows?"
Hill did not watch a replay of the hit after the game, but did hear about it from his teammates.
"I heard it was fair," he said. "I didn't look at it. I mean you can't go back and change it, so there's no reason to get upset about it."
A reporter jokingly told Hill that he got two hits in one at-bat.
"What was I, 4-for-3 then?" he asked.
Hill went 3-for-3 with three singles and a pair of walks.
Bruised hand pushes Saunders to Game 4 start
MILWAUKEE -- Kirk Gibson's decision to start Josh Collmenter in Game 3 of the National League Division Series and Joe Saunders in Game 4 was in part because of Collmenter's success against the Brewers this season.
But it wasn't the entire reason.
Saunders has a bruised left hand, the result of getting jammed by a pitch in batting practice prior to his start last Wednesday.
"I think it had a little bit of effect on his last game," Gibson said of Saunder's start against the Dodgers, when he allowed five runs in six innings. "So I just wanted to give him an extra day as well."
Collmenter has dominated the Brewers in two appearances this season. The right-hander did not allow a run in 14 innings against Milwaukee in a pair of starts this year.
The first time that Collmenter faced the Brewers was at Miller Park, when he tossed six innings. He then allowed just three hits over eight innings at Chase Field.
Collmenter, who has a funky over-the-top delivery, last pitched on Sept. 25.
"Collmenter has been good on extra rest this year, has been fairly decent against the Brewers," Gibson said. "A little bit of deception from our first two guys."
Saunders' hand should not prevent him from pitching Game 4, and it did not sound like Gibson would bring Game 1 starter Ian Kennedy back on short rest for Game 4. As it stands now, Kennedy would pitch a Game 5 if necessary.
"I'm not saying I wouldn't do it, but I'd probably steer away from it," Gibson said of using a pitcher on short rest in the playoffs. "We've played as a team all year. I've stayed in the rotation most of the year, have given guys extra time. As I sit here today I'd probably stay away from that. I'm not saying I wouldn't change my mind. I continue to let the guys who have pitched and played all year play, and we'll have Ian for the fifth game if we need that."
Saunders is the lone starter with postseason experience, having started once for the Angels in the 2008 American League Division Series and twice in the 2009 AL Championship Series. The left-hander faced the Brewers on July 20 this year at Chase Field and did not get a decision after allowing two runs over seven innings.
Gibson wants to see more aggressiveness
MILWAUKEE -- Some may think that the D-backs were not patient enough against Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo in Game 1 of the National League Division Series.
Manager Kirk Gibson, though, is not one of them.
"I think we took a lot of really good pitches," Gibson said. "We took six third strikes. In my opinion we should have been more aggressive."
The D-backs struck out 10 times overall, partly a result of Gallardo and partly because of their approach against him.
"The guy pitched a good game, Gallardo threw the ball well," Gibson said. "He threw to his spots, he didn't miss. Give him credit."
Goldschmidt starts over Overbay in Game 2
MILWAUKEE -- For Game 1 of the National League Division Series, Kirk Gibson went with experience at first base in Lyle Overbay.
Looking to add a little more pop to his lineup in Game 2, Gibson went with rookie slugger Paul Goldschmidt.
The 24-year-old hit .250 with nine doubles and eight homers in just 156 at-bats and hit a pair of homers off the Giants' Tim Lincecum since being called up from Double-A on Aug. 1.
"Goldy has been really great for us since he's come up," Gibson said. "He had a great year in the Minor Leagues this year. We brought him up and he's had a great impact on our success. He's just the kind of guy who is a big-time player. He's had huge at-bats for us, just huge at-bats to get where we are today. And he probably has a little more power than Lyle."
The move instantly paid off, as Goldschmidt homered leading off the second inning against Brewers starter Zack Greinke.
Overbay was signed by the D-backs after being released by the Pirates in August.
Tickets available for Game 3 at Chase Field
MILWAUKEE -- Tickets are available for Tuesday's Game 3 of the National League Division Series between the D-backs and Brewers.
Game time is set for 6:30 p.m. MST, and Wednesday's Game 4 is slated for the same time, should an Arizona win extend the series. After falling, 9-4, on Sunday, the D-backs trail Milwaukee 2-0 in the best-of-five series.
Starting at $12, fans can purchase single-game tickets at dbacks.com, by calling 602-514-8400, at the Chase Field Ticket Office or any Ticketmaster location.
Tuesday's contest marks the first playoff game at Chase Field since 2007.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.