10/05/11 1:57 AM ET
NLDS Game 3 tidbits: Arizona 8, Milwaukee 1
By Jordan Schelling / MLB.com
A pair of rookies came through with big performances for the D-backs, as Josh Collmenter tossed seven dominant innings and Paul Goldschmidt blasted a fifth-inning grand slam to break the game open. While both were impressive, Goldschmidt's blast was by far the rarer feat.
Goldschmidt was just the second rookie since 1998 to hit a grand slam in the postseason. The last rookie to do so had been Yankees left fielder Ricky Ledee in Game 4 of '99 American League Championship Series against the Red Sox. Ledee's was a pinch-hit blast to put the Yankees ahead, 7-2, in the ninth as they went on to a 9-2 win.
The grand slam by Goldschmidt also was the first in D-backs postseason history.
The D-backs' victory marks the first postseason since 2003 that there were no sweeps in any of the four Division Series. The Rangers were the first team to move on to the LCS with a 4-3 win Tuesday over the Rays, while the Yankees forced a Game 5 against the Tigers back in the Bronx.
Both NL series are led two games to one by the higher-seeded team.
Miguel Montero's first-inning double gave the D-backs their first lead of the NLDS. Arizona would not give up its lead, making Game 3 the first of the series in which Milwaukee did not hold a lead. The Brewers led by four runs before winning Game 1 by a score of 4-1, and a five-run sixth gave the Crew a 9-4 victory in Game 2.
The D-backs won their first postseason game since 2007, snapping a six-game postseason losing streak.
As he tossed seven strong innings on Tuesday, Collmenter continued his dominance of the Brewers. A third-inning homer by Corey Hart is the only run Collmenter has allowed against the Crew over 21 innings pitched. Including two regular-season starts, Collmenter is 2-0 with a 0.43 ERA and 16 strikeouts over three starts against Milwaukee.
The Arizona Fall League opened play in its 20th season Tuesday, featuring several of the game's top prospects from around the league. Collmenter was a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions just one year ago.
Collmenter became the first D-backs rookie starter to allow one run or fewer on two hits or fewer in a postseason start
Among pitchers with at least 10 road starts this season, Milwaukee's Shaun Marcum led the Majors with a 2.21 ERA in the regular season. He went just 4 2/3 innings on Tuesday, surrendering seven runs on seven hits while walking three batters and recording three strikeouts.
Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun was held hitless for the first time this postseason, going 0-for-3. It was just the second time in seven postseason games that Braun did not have a hit. He went 0-for-4 in Game 3 of the 2008 NLDS against the Phillies.
Jordan Schelling is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.