"We had tons of opportunities, left 11 guys on, 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Give the Brewers credit, they shut us down."
After such a tremendous finish to the series with the drama playing down to the very last moments, the D-backs simply had to hand it to their opponents for getting it done in the end.
"It was a great series," D-backs general manager Kevin Towers said after Milwaukee claimed a 3-2 victory in 10 innings Friday. "That's the way it probably should have ended -- it was tight. When we came into the series, people thought the clubs were evenly matched, and we end up going extra innings and get beat by one run. If there's a way to go down, that's probably the way to go down."
The Brewers have all the tools for a strong postseason run, and they had to empty out the toolbox to get past the D-backs.
Milwaukee did it by the skin of its teeth, too, scratching together a run off D-backs closer J.J. Putz in the 10th inning after the D-backs had manufactured a run to tie the game in the ninth and send it to extra innings.
In short, it was everything a Game 5 should be.
"All the emotions were out there, and all the players picked their game up a little bit," said D-backs center fielder Chris Young, whose spectacular over-the-shoulder catch in the sixth inning kept his squad in position to make a ninth-inning comeback. "The Brewers played a good game. They happened to score a run before we did. ... It's one of those games where somebody had to give up a run, and Nyjer [Morgan] put a good at-bat out there."
As the Brewers celebrated wildly in the infield after Morgan's single up the middle scored Carlos Gomez from second, D-backs veteran shortstop Willie Bloomquist stopped at the third-base line and greeted outfielders Justin Upton and Young, obviously letting them know that they'd done all they could against a tough opponent.
Even in the understandable hush of the D-backs' clubhouse amid the disappointment of a special season coming to an end, Bloomquist knew his team had left everything out there against a team that deserves to advance to the NL Championship Series.
"It's a heck of a baseball game out there by both teams," Bloomquist said. "Great series. We just came up a little bit short."