In a heart-wrenching turn of events, the Milwaukee Brewers found themselves on the losing end of Game 2 of the NL Wild Card series, as the Arizona Diamondbacks sealed their fate with a series clinching 5-2 victory. This loss not only meant the end of their postseason run but also marked back-to-back losses at home, leaving Brewers fans waiting until next spring for more.
Let's relive some of the moments that defined this devastating loss through 12 captivating photos.
1. Rush hour to AmFam Field
The anticipation was palpable as fans hurried to the ballpark after work, eager to support their beloved Brewers in this do-or-die match, hoping that they’ll be repeating the very same commute on Thursday.
2. Nyjer Morgan throws out the first pitch
Fan-favorite Nyjer Morgan, who graced the Brewers for two memorable seasons and helped knock the Diamondbacks out of the playoffs back in 2011, had the honor of throwing the ceremonial first pitch, accompanied by his adorable son – a perfect way to kick off Wednesday evening’s action.
3. Freddy Peralta's rarly dominance
Pitcher Freddy Peralta looked unstoppable in the early innings, holding the Diamondbacks hitless through the first four frames, keeping Brewers fans optimistic about the rest of the contest.
4. Christian Yelich strikes again
Christian Yelich continued his solid performance from Game 1, putting the Brewers on the board with a run in the first inning, electrifying the home crowd.
5. Santana's smooth follow-up
Carlos Santana followed Yelich's lead, scoring a run of his own in the first inning. The camaraderie in the dugout was evident as he was greeted by manager Craig Counsell and his teammates.
6. Rally towels waving high
Brewers fans had their rally towels out once again, supporting their team and rooting for a comeback in the second half of the game that unfortunately never materialized.
7. Zac Gallen recovers
Diamondbacks pitcher Zac Gallen struggled in the opening frame, giving up two runs. However, he regained his composure and shut down the Brewers' offense for the remainder of his outing.
8. A scary moment for Moreno
A collective gasp filled the stadium as Diamondbacks catcher Gabriel Moreno took a bat to the head. Despite finishing the inning, he was later pulled due to the head injury, highlighting the inherent dangers of the sport.
9. When it rains, it pours
Tyrone Taylor just wasn’t tall enough to rob the Diamondbacks of a home run – Arizona's first hit of the game. The homer certainly set the momentum for Arizona and was just one of many runs that the Diamondbacks would score during the middle innings.
10. Perdomo and Thomas celebrate
Shortstop Geraldo Perdomo celebrated with his teammate Alek Thomas after Thomas' pivotal home run in the fifth inning, contributing to the Diamondbacks' lead.
11. Milwaukee's unwavering support
Despite the series loss, Milwaukee's loyal fans showed up in full force (unless your name was Jesse Winker), making it clear that they would be back next season to support their team. The Diamondbacks played great and will certainly be a threat to upset the Dodgers as well.
12. The end of the road
With the final out recorded, the Brewers bid farewell to their postseason dreams for this year. Until next season, Brew Crew! The journey continues.