10/06/11 3:08 AM ET
Roof closed for Game 4 at Chase Field
By Steve Gilbert and John Schlegel / MLB.com
So much for that.
A major dust storm that blew through the Phoenix area Tuesday forced the roof's closure.
Then Wednesday, the D-backs and Major League Baseball talked throughout the day about the weather and decided to err on the side of caution and keep the roof closed.
"It's tough because it's a beautiful night," D-backs team president/CEO Derrick Hall said.
The crowd clearly agreed as boos could be heard when the public-address announcer informed the crowd that the roof would remain closed for the game.
The roof at Miller Park in Milwaukee was closed for the first two games of the season.
Montero pleased by Brewers' respect
PHOENIX -- When the Brewers intentionally walked Miguel Montero to set up Paul Goldschmidt's thunderous grand slam in Game 3 of the National League Division Series, it wasn't just about first base being open.
"Montero scares me. Montero is a really good hitter," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said in the aftermath of the D-backs' 8-1 victory.
Before Game 4 began Wednesday, it was evident the D-backs' personable and talented catcher isn't one of those athletes who averts his eyes from media reports.
"Yeah, I saw that. I felt pretty good about myself when I heard that, to be honest," Montero said with a huge smile, eliciting laughter in the interview room at Chase Field.
Roenicke's fears, even if they backfired, are substantiated by the numbers: Montero led all NL catchers with 36 doubles, 84 RBIs and a .471 slugging percentage this year, and he had ripped a first-inning double off Brewers starter Shaun Marcum to open the scoring, adding an RBI single in the third.
And when Goldschmidt followed his walk with his memorable opposite-field shot to right-center, it was another example of how the D-backs have been rolling this year all the way into the playoffs, Montero said.
"It's like we've been doing all year," he said. "All year somebody's been pulling for the other guys. Like you never know the guy on this team that's going to get you, you know? And today it can be somebody else.
"But it was a good quote right there."
Parra looking to break playoff slump at plate
PHOENIX -- Gerardo Parra admitted he's been pressing during the first three games of the National League Division Series, but the D-backs left fielder insists it is not because it is his first taste of the postseason.
"It's not because it's the playoffs, because it's still just baseball," he said. "I'm putting pressure on myself because I want to help the team. I see a man on second base and I want to get him in. It's not because it's the playoffs."
Parra was 0-for-11 in the first three games, but manager Kirk Gibson decided to keep him in the lineup for Game 4.
"I know he has the ability to do it," Gibson said before Wednesday's game. "We've seen him go through streaks like that this year and I believe he can come out of it today. Hopefully he'll relax a little bit more, be a little more patient, see a few more pitches and then get back on track."
Even when Parra's not swinging the bat well, he is of value to the team thanks to the ground he covers in left field and his cannon of an arm.
"His defense is exceptional," Gibson said. "He is a weapon for us and he helps us manage the game that way as well."
D-backs impose 'blackout' at Chase Field
PHOENIX -- The D-backs decided to break out their black jerseys for Wednesday's Game 4 of the National League Division Series.
Usually the team only wears the black tops on home Saturdays, but players have lobbied over the last year to wear them more often.
When they decided they would wear the black jerseys, several players asked D-backs team president/CEO Derrick Hall if he would encourage fans to wear black and create a "blackout."
"I said, 'Of course,'" Hall said. "It's probably their favorite uniform top and we've played very well on Saturdays with that uniform on. They're excited -- it's something different, something new. And it's something the fans can be part of, too."
For Game 3, the club had encouraged fans to wear red. This time to help them, the team gave away black T-shirts to the first 35,000 fans through the gate.
D-backs get ticket bounce before Game 4
PHOENIX -- Game 4 of the National League Division Series at Chase Field was not a sellout like Game 3, but the D-backs were still pleased with the way ticket sales went in the 24 hours prior to the game.
The announced attendance was 38,830 on Wednesday, a little more than 10,000 fewer than Game 3.
The team, however, said it sold 10,000 tickets after winning Game 3, which guaranteed there would be a Game 4.
The lowest postseason attendance at Chase Field came in Game 1 of the 2001 NL Championship Series when 37,729 showed up for a game against the Braves.
In 2001, the year the team won the World Series, it averaged 42,285 for the NLDS matchup with the Cardinals. This year's NLDS averaged 43,571.
Tickets for possible NLCS games at Chase Field will go on sale Thursday.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @dbackswriter. John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.