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MLB Preview: NL Wild Card | Game 2 – Arizona leads 1-0 – Arizona Diamondbacks (1-0) at Milwaukee Brewers (0-1)

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS NOTES:

EMBRACE THE CHAOS, POSTSEASON EDITION: The D-backs are in the postseason for the seventh time in franchise history: 1999, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2011, 2017 and 2023. It is the second time the D-backs have advanced as a Wild Card, also doing so in 2017, defeating the Rockies in the Wild Card Game to move on to the National League Division Series vs. Dodgers. In 41 postseason games, are 19-22, 13-8 @ home, 6-14 on the road.

WILD CARD GAME 1 RECAP: The D-backs hit a trio of homers and used a franchise postseason-high 7 pitchers to lead to a 6-3 victory in Game 1 of the National League Wild Card @ Brewers…Arizona has now homered in 12 consecutive postseason games dating back to the 2007 NLCS. Corbin Carroll and Ketel Marte kickstarted the D-backs’ offense with back-to-back homers in the top of the third to even the game at 3-3 while Gabriel Moreno made the difference with a solo home run in the top of the fourth. The D-backs used 7 pitchers in the contest (SP Brandon Pfaadt, Joe Mantiply, Miguel Castro, Ryne Nelson, Ryan Thompson, Kevin Ginkel and Paul Sewald)…it was the first time the D-backs’ bullpen did not allow a run after combining for 6.0+ innings.

POSTSEASON ANSWER-BACKS: Last night, the D-backs collected their first-ever postseason win after trailing 3+ runs in a game…prior to last night, the D-backs were 0-14 in postseason games when trailing 3+ runs.

D-BACKS POSTSEASON HOMER STREAK: Arizona has homered in 12 consecutive postseason games dating back to 2007 NLCS Game 3 @ Rockies, tied for the fourth-longest streak in MLB postseason history (also: Braves-1995-96 and Orioles-1983-1997).

TEAM STREAK STREAK DATE SPAN
NYY ……….. 23 ………………. 10/4/2019-10/19/2022
LAD ……….. 14 ………………. 10/12/2020-10/6/2021
HOU……….. 14 ………………. 10/20/2017-10/14/2018
HOU……….. 13 ………………. 10/12/2001-10/21/2004
AZ……….. 12 …………… 10/14/2007-10/3/2023
BAL ……….. 12 ………………. 10/16/1983-10/2/1997
ATL ………… 12 ………………. 10/11/1995-10/5/1996

D-BACKS POSTSEASON HOME RUN STREAK: Last night, Corbin Carroll (2 hits and 2 walks), and Christian Walker (3 hits and 1 walk), became the seventh and eighth D-backs, respectively, to reach base 4-or-more times in a postseason game…the team record is 5 times on base by Luis Gonzalez on Oct. 20, 2001 @ Braves and Aaron Hill on Oct. 2, 2011 @ Brewers.

TRIO OF HOMERS: The D-backs’ 3 home runs last night marked the fifth postseason game in franchise history with at least 3 homers…the team secord is 4 home runs, which has been done twice:

Round Date HR Opp Result
2017 NLDS … 10-06 ………4 ……….@LAD …….. L 5-9
2011 NLDS … 10-05 ………4 ……….vs. MIL ……. W 10-6
2023 NL WC .. 10-03 ……….3 ……….@ MIL ……… W 6-3
2011 NLDS …. 10-02 ……….3 ……….@ MIL …….. L 4-9
2007 NLDS … 10-06 ………3 ……….@CHC …….. W 5-1

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Corbin Carroll and Ketel Marte hit back-to-back home runs last night in the third inning, which marked the third time ever the D-backs featured back-to-back homers in a postseason game: Oct. 3, 2023 @ Brewers (Corbin Carroll and Ketel Marte) Oct. 6, 2017 @ Dodgers (Ketel Marte and Jeff Mathis) Oct 5, 2011 vs. Brewers (Chris Young and Ryan Roberts)

THE KID: At 23 years and 43 days old, Corbin Carroll became the youngest D-backs player to hit a home run in a postseason game [source: ESPN Stats & Info]. Carroll is the fourth D-backs’ rookie (sixth time) to hit a home run in a postseason game along with Erubiel Durazo, Mark Reynolds and Paul Goldschmidt.

COURTESY SARAH LANGS @SLANGSONSPORTS:
Corbin Carroll and Gabriel Moreno marked the 7th instance in postseason history where a team had homers from multiple players aged 23 or younger in a game and was the first time where the players made their postseason debuts. At 23 years & 231 days old, Gabriel Moreno became the youngest catcher to homer in the postseason since a 23-year, 218-day old Buster Posey in 2010 World Series (Game 4)….he also became the second-youngest catcher to homer in his postseason debut, older than only Brian McCann/21 y, 228 d (2005 NLDS-Game 2).

BULLPEN PARADE: Last night, the D-backs’ 7 pitchers used marked the most used in a postseason game in franchise history (previous: 6, 5x – last on Oct. 4, 2017 vs. Rockies in NL Wild Card). It was also the fi rst time in franchise history where D-backs’ relievers combined for 6.0+ scoreless innings in a postseason game:

Date Runs IP Result H K
10/3/2023 @ MIL …. 0 ……….. 6.1……. W 6-3 ……. 5 ….. 7
10/12/2007 vs. COL ….1 …………. 6.0 ………L 2-3 ………. 2 ……. 7
10/20/2001 @ ATL ……2 …………. 6.0 ………W 11-4 ……. 8 ……. 1
10/5/2011 vs. MIL ……3 …………. 6.0 ………W 10-6 ……. 6 ……. 2
10/6/2017 @ LAD …….5 …………. 7.0 ………L 5-9 ………. 8 ……. 6

TOP 5: The D-backs’ 7 postseason appearances in 26 seasons (26.9 pct.) is the fifth-best postseason appearance in baseball history, trailing the Yankees (48.7; 58-for-119), Rays (34.6; 9-for-26), Dodgers (31.1; 37-119) and Astros (27.9; 17-for-61) and slightly ahead of the Cardinals (26.9; 32-for-119) (1903-2023, excluding 1904 & 1994) [source: Elias Sports Bureau].

HOW WE GOT HERE: The D-backs secured the third NL Wild Card spot, behind the Phillies (first Wild Card) and Marlins (second Wild Card).

…NOW WE HERE: The D-backs are the third team in Major League history to go from a 110+ loss season to a Postseason berth in a 3-season span

2023 D-backs 2023 Orioles 2015 Astros
2023: 84-78, 2nd 2023: 101-61, 1st 2015: 86-76, 2nd
2022: 74-88, 4th 2022: 83-79, 4th 2014: 70-92, 4th
2021: 52-110, 5th 2021: 51-110, 5th 2013: 51-111, 5th

THE SKIPPER: Torey Lovullo has guided the D-backs to the postseason for the second time (also: 2017). Holds the franchise records (regular season) for D-backs Managers with 7 seasons, 1,032 games and 495 wins.

DEFENSE RULES: The D-backs set a franchise-record-low with 56 errors (previous was 75 in 2013 and ’18) and are 1 of 4 teams since 1900 with fewer than 60 errors in a regular season (excluding shortened seasons in 1981, ’94, ’95, 2020) along with the 2013 Orioles (54 E), 2013 Rays (59 E) and 2023 Rangers (57 E).

SWIPING BAGS: The D-backs’ 166 stolen bases this season set a club record (previous: 137; 1999, 2016)… since 2017, they were second-most in the Majors (190 by 2023 Reds).

STARTING PITCHER – RHP ZAC GALLEN ♦ #23
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Making his first career Postseason start.

  • Went 17-9 with a 3.47 ERA (81 ER in 210.0 IP) in his fifth season with the D-backs.
  • Set career highs in virtually all categories, including wins (17), starts (34), innings (210.0) and strikeouts (220).
  • Was the 2023 NL All-Star starting pitcher.
  • Finished third with a 5.2 fWAR and tied for fourth with a 4.3 bWAR.
  • In 2 regular season starts against the Brewers in 2023, went 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA (1 ER in 14.0 IP, 15 K).

NL RANKINGS: Ranked among qualifying NL leaders in innings pitched (2nd, 210.0), games started (2nd, 34), wins (2nd, 17), strikeouts (3rd, 220), WHIP (6th, 1.12), win percentage (6th, .654), ERA (7th, 3.47) and opponent average (T-9th, .238).

LAST START: In his fi nal start of the regular season on Sept. 29 vs. Astros, allowed 2 runs over 6.1 innings and struck out 7 batters.

  • Tossed 5.0 scoreless innings before allowing a 2-out, 2-run double in the sixth inning to José Abreu.

VS. BREWERS: In 6 regular season career starts against the Brewers, is 3-3 with a 1.75 ERA (7 ER in 36.0 IP, 44 K).

  • Of his 6 career starts, has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 5 of the 6 contests, including 2 starts with 1 run allowed and 2 starts with 0 runs allowed.

200/200 SEASON: Became the sixth D-backs pitcher (12th time) to reach 200.0+ innings and 200.0+ strikeouts in a season, joining Randy Johnson (5x: 1999, 2000, ’01, ’02, ’04), Curt Schilling (2x: 2001, ’02), Dan Haren (2x: 2008, ’09), Zack Greinke (2017) and Patrick Corbin (2018)…Gallen joined Gerrit Cole/NYY (200.0 IP, 217 K) as the lone pitchers to reach the mark in 2023.

HOME COOKIN: In 16 home games, went 12-3 with a 2.47 ERA (28 ER in 102.0 IP), 120 strikeouts, 1.03 WHIP, .230 opponent average and 7 home runs allowed.

  • His 2.47 home ERA ranked third-best in the Majors, behind Logan Webb/SF (2.26) and Kodai Senga/NYM (2.42).
  • Ranked among D-backs pitchers in franchise history in home starts (min. 50 GS) in ERA (1st, 2.84), WHIP (1st, 1.05), home runs allowed (T-1st, 34), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (3rd, 10.27), walks (4th, 87), strikeout-to-walk ratio (4th, 4.20), wins (7th, 24) and strikeouts (7th, 365).
  • His .081 opponent average with runners in scoring position at home was the best in the Majors, ahead of Justin Verlander/HOU (.164) and D-backs teammate Merrill Kelly (.167).

MILKMAN DELIVERS: Tossed his fi rst career 9.0-inning shutout on Sept. 8 @ Cubs with 3 hits allowed and 9 strikeouts.

  • Previously had a 7.0-inning, complete-game shutout on April 25 – Game 1 @ Braves (7.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 6 K).
  • Became the fourth D-backs pitcher (sixth time) to toss 9.0 or more innings, 0 runs, 3 or fewer hits, 1 or fewer walks and 9 or more strikeouts (also: Curt Schilling on April 10, 2001 and May 14, 2003; Randy Johnson on Sept. 14, 2003 and May 18, 2004; Ian Kennedy on April 25, 2011.

MILWAUKEE BREWERS NOTES:

vs. D-BACKS (REGULAR SEASON)
SUMMARY: Are 90-82 all-time, including 2-4 this season…..went 3-4 last season.

at MIL: Are 45-39, going 41-31 at American Family Field and 4-8 at County Stadium…..the team went 1-2 this season…..went 2-1 last season….. the Brewers have gone 14-4 in their last 18 games at home against the Diamondbacks.

at ARI: Are 45-43 all-time at Chase Field, including 1-2 this season….. went 1-3 last season.

Brewed For Battle
For the ninth time in franchise history and fifth time in the last six seasons, the Brewers are competing in the postseason…..the team made the postseason in a franchise-record four consecutive seasons from 2018-21 and missed the postseason by just a single game in both 2017 and 2022.

Season Qualified
1981* …………….. Won AL East (2nd half)
1982 …………………………………Won AL East
2008 …………………….. Won NL Wild Card
2011 ……………………………. Won NL Central
2018 …………………………… Won NL Central
2019 …………Won Second NL Wild Card
2020………..Won Second NL Wild Card
2021 …………………………… Won NL Central
2023 ………………………….. Won NL Central

  • Strike-shortened season

Franchise Postseason Results
Year Opp. Result
1981 ……..NYY ….. Lost AL East Division Series
1982 …….CAL …………………………………. Won ALCS
STL ……………………..Lost World Series
2008 ……PHI ………………………………….Lost NLDS
2011 ………ARI ………………………………….Won NLDS
STL …………………………………. Lost NLCS
2018 …….COL ………………………………….Won NLDS
LAD …………………………………. Lost NLCS
2019 …… WSH ……….. Lost NL Wild Card Game
2020……LAD ……….. Lost NL Wild Card Series
2021 ……. ATL ………………………………….Lost NLDS
2023 …….ARI ……………………. Trail NLWCS (1-0)

Next Man Up
Freddy Peralta starts tonight for the injured Brandon Woodruff…..a look at late season injuries in franchise history to key players that caused them to miss the postseason:

Player Postseason
RHP Rollie Fingers ………………………1982
RHP Ben Sheets ………………………….2008
OF Christian Yelich ………………………2019
RHP Corbin Burnes …………………….2020
RHP Devin Williams …………………….2021
RHP Brandon Woodruff* …………..2023

  • will miss at least NLWCS

Where There’s a William
There’s a Way
William Contreras had a pair of hits last night…..he now has a 19-gamehitting streak in which he is batting .366 (26-for-71) with 2 HR and 8
RBI (.458 OBP/.521 SLG/.979 OPS)….. he ended the regular season on a career-high 18-game hitting streak.

Brewing Consistency
The Brewers won 86+ games for the sixth consecutive full season…..during this stretch (2017-23), the Brewers, Astros and Dodgers are the only Major League teams with 86+ wins each season (does not include 2020).

Season Record
2017 ……………………………………………. 86-76
2018 ……………………………………………. 96-67
2019 ……………………………………………. 89-73
2021 ……………………………………………. 95-67
2022 …………………………………………… 86-76
2023 …………………………………………… 92-70

Racking Up the Ws
Since 2017, the Brewers rank third in the National League and sixth in the Major Leagues in wins.

Team Wins
Los Angeles-NL …………………………….662
Houston ……………………………………………631
New York-AL ………………………………… 600
Tampa Bay ………………………………………591
Atlanta …………………………………………….587
Milwaukee ………………………………….. 573

TONIGHT’S GAME: Is Game 2 (0-1) of the National League Wild Card Series against Arizona…..the Brewers and Diamondbacks are meeting in the postseason for the second time ever…..Milwaukee beat Arizona, 3 games to 2, in the 2011 NLDS.

IN THE TRAINER’S ROOM: LHP Aaron Ashby (left labrum), RHP JB Bukauskas (right ring finger), 1B Darin Ruf (right knee) and LHP Justin Wilson (left lat) are currently on the injured list…..Ashby, Ruf and Wilson are on the 60-day IL.

IN THE STANDINGS (186 days): The Brewers spent the following number of days alone or tied at each position in the NL Central standings this season: FIRST: 133, SECOND: 51, THIRD: 2, FOURTH: 0, FIFTH: 0…..the team clinched a postseason berth on 9/22 and the NL Central title on 9/26.

SERIES-LY SPEAKING: The Brewers went 30-20-2 in series play this season. Game 1: 29-23, Game 2: 31-21, Game 3: 26-24, Game 4: 6-2 Sweep Wins (9): vs. NYM (3g, 4/3-4/5), at SEA (3g, 4/17-4/19), vs. KC (3g, 5/12-5/14), vs. PIT (3g, 6/16-6/18), at CIN (3g, 7/14-7/16), at CWS (3g, 8/11-8/13), at TEX (3g, 8/18-8/20), vs. MIN (2g, 8/22-8/23), vs. SD (3g, 8/25-8/27)

Sweep Losses (5): at COL (3g, 5/2-5/4), vs. OAK (3g, 6/9-6/11), at MIN (2g, 6/13-6/14), at ATL (3g, 7/28-7/30), at LAD (3g, 8/15-8/17) AT

HOME: The Brewers went 49-32 at home, going 17-7-2 in series play…..the team went 17-5 in its last 22 home games, including a season-high 8-game winning streak from 8/9-9/2…..at 49-32 (.605), the Brewers were tied with the Phillies for the third-best home record in the NL behind the Dodgers (53-28, .654) and Braves (52-29, .642).

ON THE ROAD: The Brewers went 43-38 on the road, going 13-13-0 in series play….. from 7/1-7/16 had a season-high 5-game winning streak…..at 43-38 (531), the Brewers had the fourth-best road record in the NL behind the Braves (52-29, .642), Dodgers (47-34, .580) and Reds (44-37, .543).

LET’S GO TO THE VIDEO TAPE: The Brewers made 35 replay challenges this season, going 16-19…..their last challenge (won) came on 10/1 vs. Chicago-NL as an out call at first base (William Contreras) was overturned.

GAME 2 STARTER: #51 – RHP FREDDY PERALTA (30gs, 12-10, 3.86)
PERALTA AT A GLANCE: Freddy Peralta, 27, went 12-10 with a 3.86 ERA in 30 starts this season…..the team went 17-13 in his starts…..he made 16 quality starts…..opponents batted .212 (131-for-617, 26hr)…..he went 6-2 with a 2.44 ERA in his last 11 starts (62.2ip, 42h, 17r, 17er, 11bb, 92k, 8hr)…..Peralta ranked among the National League leaders in K/9IP (3rd, 11.41), WHIP (5th, 1.12), H/9IP (5th, 7.12), strikeouts (T5th, 210) and K/BB (7th, 3.89)…..he became the eighth pitcher (14x) in franchise history to produce 200+ strikeouts in a season…..he was named NL Pitcher of the Month for August (5gs, 5-0, 2.10era)…..Peralta was acquired from Seattle, along with RHP Carlos Herrera and RHP Daniel Missaki, in exchange for 1B Adam Lind on 12/9/15…..on 2/28/20, he signed a 5-year contract through the 2024 season with club options for 2025 and 2026.

POSTSEASON CAREER: Is 0-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 3 games/1 start (8ip, 4h, 1r, 1er, 4bb, 12k, 1hr)…..pitched in the postseason in 2018, 2020 and 2021…..his only start came in Game 3 of the 2021 NLDS at Atlanta as he received no decision in the Brewers’ 3-0 loss (4ip, 3h, 0r, 1bb, 5k).
CAREER: Is 42-27 with a 3.83 ERA in 146 games/97 starts (580.2ip, 247er)…..is in his sixth Major League season, all with the Brewers (2018-23)…..is 34-25 with a 3.82 ERA as a starter (496.2ip, 211er) and 8-2 with a 3.86 ERA in relief (84ip, 36er)…..was an All-Star in 2021.

CAREER AT AMERICAN FAMILY FIELD: Is 25-14 with a 3.37 ERA in 78 games/50 starts (312.2ip, 117er)…..went 7-4 with a 3.44 ERA in 16 starts this season (89ip, 34er).

CAREER ON THE ROAD: Is 17-13 with a 4.37 ERA in 68 games/47 starts (268ip, 130er)…..went 5-6 with a 4.34 ERA in 14 starts this season (76.2ip, 37er).

CAREER vs. D-BACKS: Is 3-0 with a 0.55 ERA in 4 games/2 starts (16.1ip, 2h, 1r, 1er, 8bb, 24k, 0hr)…..is 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA as a starter (13.1ip, 2h, 1r, 1er, 7bb, 19k)…..has not faced the Diamondbacks since a start on 6/22/21 at Chase Field.

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