MILWAUKEE -- It has definitely been a tale of two cities for the Brewers' slugging duo of Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. The pair were dominant in Games 1 and 2 at Miller Park as the Brewers built a 2-0 lead in the National League Division Series. Braun was 6-for-8 in those games with a homer and three RBIs. Fielder, meanwhile, was 3-for-8 with a homer and three RBIs. The home run was a two-run shot off Ian Kennedy that iced Game 1 for the Brewers.
"I was just watching [Game 1] on the plane over here, and it was against Ian Kennedy, and Ian threw [Braun] great," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said Thursday. "He fouled the pitch off right in on his hands. He threw a ball right on the inside corner, and Braun threw his bat straight down and made a double. That's good execution. That's good hitting. You've got to tip your hat on that. They hurt us here. Everybody bears down." It was a different story for both players when the series shifted to Chase Field. Braun and Fielder combined in Games 3 and 4 to go just 3-for-14 with one RBI. "These guys, they come up with a game plan, they try to execute it every time," Gibson said of his pitchers. "But sometimes that's not good enough. In the first two days, it wasn't. At our place, it worked well. And we out-executed them. We outpitched them. We outhit them. It was just the reverse of what happened here."