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10/03/08 10:13 PM ET

Crew set comeback precedent in 1982

League champs rallied from 0-2 deficit to top Angels in ALDS

MILWAUKEE -- This is not completely unfamiliar territory.

Back when the Brewers were on the American League circuit, when they last made the postseason in 1982, they faced an almost identical set of circumstances as they do right now. After losing their first two games to the Angels, the Brewers swept three straight at County Stadium, becoming one of only two teams to come back from a 2-0 deficit in the best-of-five AL Championship Series.

Certainly, current circumstances are different. The Brewers are in the midst of a best-of-five National League Division Series with the Phillies, not yet fighting for the pennant. And they won't have the benefit of three straight games in Milwaukee -- if they manage to win two straight, they'll have to fly back to Philadelphia for Game 5.

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The 1982 Brewers were also a dominant team, finishing the regular season with the best record in baseball and boasting future Hall of Famers Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Don Sutton and Rollie Fingers. But if nothing else, those Brewers proved that such a feat is possible. It won't be easy for this current edition to climb out of a 2-0 hole against the Phillies, but the Brewers do have this bit of history on their side.

Game 1: Angels 8, Brewers 3
at Anaheim Stadium

Tommy John fired a complete-game victory and the Angels knocked Mike Caldwell out after three innings, sending the Brewers to a Game 1 loss in Anaheim. Designated hitter Don Baylor provided most of the offense for the Angels, hitting a two-run triple and driving in five runs in all.

Game 2: Angels 4, Brewers 2
at Anaheim Stadium

Despite Molitor's two-run homer, the Brewers again fell, mustering no additional offense off Angels starter Bruce Kison. Reggie Jackson homered, Bob Boone drove in two runs and Kison gave the Angels a second consecutive complete game, along with a seemingly insurmountable 2-0 series lead.

Game 3: Brewers 5, Angels 3
at County Stadium

This time, Sutton was the one to dominate, firing seven shutout innings before the Angels finally touched him for three runs in the eighth. It wasn't enough. Molitor's two-run homer the previous inning had already given the Brewers some necessary insurance, along with a Game 3 victory at County Stadium.

Game 4: Brewers 9, Angels 5
at County Stadium

John proved ineffective on three days' rest, denying the Angels a chance to close things out in Game 4. Making a rare start in left field, Mark Brouhard ensured that John's outing would be brief, falling a triple shy of the cycle and driving in three runs. Jim Slaton, in relief of Moose Haas, pitched 1 2/3 perfect innings for the save.

Game 5: Brewers 4, Angels 3
at County Stadium

County Stadium erupted when Cecil Cooper hit a two-run single off Luis Sanchez in the seventh inning, giving the Brewers a come-from-behind victory in both the game and the series. Bob McClure earned the win in relief and Pete Ladd recorded the save, capping the Brewers' improbable run to the World Series.

Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.