Friday, October 7, 2011
Fielder looks to extend Brewers career
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Prince Fielder may be playing his last game with the Brewers. He'll be a free agent this offseason.
The first of two National League Division Series Game 5s begins in Wisconsin as the Milwaukee Brewers host the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks are the first team in the wild-card era (since 1994) to take an NLDS to a fifth game after trailing 2-0 in the series (the 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers did it following a strike-shortened regular season).
Divisional Series History
Arizona is 1-0 all time in LDS Game 5s, with the win coming in 2001 against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Diamondbacks have won back-to-back games following a six-game postseason losing skid.
Milwaukee is 0-1 in LDS Game 5s, with its loss coming in 1981 to the New York Yankees. The Brewers, who went an MLB-best 57-24 at home this season, have won eight of their last 10 postseason home games.
On the Mound
Ian Kennedy will take the ball for Arizona. Kennedy went 6 2/3 innings while allowing four earned runs in Game 1 of this series, his only career postseason start. Arizona is 14-2 in Kennedy’s last 16 starts going back to the regular season
For Milwaukee, Yovani Gallardo will make his third career postseason start. He’s 1-1 with a 0.60 ERA in his first three career postseason appearances (one earned run allowed in 12 innings in two starts). Including the postseason, Gallardo is 6-0 with a 1.18 ERA in six career starts against Arizona.
Player to Watch
Friday could be the final game for Prince Fielder with the Brewers, as he will be a free agent at season’s end. Fielder ranks either first or second in Brewers history in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS, home runs and intentional walks.
Notable Prince Fielder Moments
Sept. 25, 2007 -- Fielder reaches 50 home runs for the first time in his career in a win over the Cardinals.
July 13, 2009 -- Fielder wins the Home Run Derby, defeating Nelson Cruz 6-5 in the final round.
Sept. 6, 2009 -- Fielder hits a game-winning home run to beat the San Francisco Giants, and upon landing on home plate, his teammates topple over onto the dirt.
May 20, 2011 -- Fielder hits a two-run, game-winning home run in the 14th inning, giving the Brewers a 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies. The Brewers were 21-23 entering the day. They would finish the season as NL champs, with this game serving as one of the key sparks to the season.
July 12, 2011 -- Fielder’s three-run home run helps the National League defeat the American League 5-1 in the All-Star Game. Fielder is named the All-Star Game MVP
Sept. 27, 2011 -- Fielder hits three home runs in a game for the first time in his career.