Roberts adjusting to shadows at Miller Park

Roberts adjusting to shadows at Miller Park

Roberts adjusting to shadows at Miller Park
MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Roberts obviously had no problem seeing the ball at the plate in the latter stages of Saturday's Game 1 of the National League Division Series, with the shadows and light dissecting Miller Park's landscape.

But Roberts, who drilled an eighth-inning homer to center off the Brewers' Yovani Gallardo to provide the D-backs' only run in the opener, said it wasn't easy to pick up the ball in the field during that time of day, which happens to be about the time that Sunday's Game 2 was to begin.

"It wasn't that bad hitting," Arizona's third baseman said on Sunday. "I would say it was worse being in the field; you know, playing where you're in the shade and the backdrop is in the light, it was tougher to see. You couldn't see anything coming off the bat."

As the 4:07 p.m. CT game time approached on Sunday, it appeared that the light and shadow would have some effect early in the game, at least. The glass panels on the south side of the ballpark were allowing the sun to bathe the entire infield in light, the swath of light seemingly pointed directly toward the left side of the infield, headed out to left field.