The Diamondbacks trailed 2-1 in the sixth inning Game 2 of the NL wild card series Wednesday night in Milwaukee.
The “Answerbacks”, as they were known, left the frame with a comfortable 5-2 lead, which they maintained for the rest of the game.
With the 5–2 victory, Arizona completed a sweep of the best-of-three series and advanced to the NL Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
That streak begins Saturday at Dodger Stadium. Game 3 and Game 4 (if necessary) will be played at Chase Field on October 11 and 12, respectively.
After a hitless first inning in which he gave up two runs, Jack Gallen pitched six innings and four relievers held Milwaukee to no runs the rest of the way.
Trailing 2-1, Geraldo Bertomo started the sixth before Corbin Carroll hit a broken-bat double to first baseman Carlos Santana. The infielder had a chance to catch the ball, but the bat short that flowed his way hampered his ability to field the ball cleanly, allowing Carroll to get past him and advance to second.
Ketel Marte then singled to center, scoring Perdomo and Carroll from third base, giving Arizona a 3-2 lead.
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After Marte’s win the Brewers pulled starter Freddy Peralta and replaced him with Abner Uribe.
Tommy Pham greeted Uribe with a single to right field that sent Marte to third.
Christian Walker then reached on a fielder’s choice, during which Marte was caught in a runout between third base and home, eventually being tagged out by Brewers third baseman Josh Donaldson.
Catcher Jose Herrera, who entered the game in place of injured starter Gabriel Moreno, walked to load the bases, Uribe threw a wild pitch and Baum raced home from third.
Lourdes Curiel Jr. then singled to right field, giving Walker a 5-2 lead.
Alec Thomas, who started the comeback with a solo homer in the fifth inning, grounded into a double play to cap the four-run sixth inning.
The T-Backs last played in the NLDS in 2017 against LA. The Dodgers won that best-of-five series.