PHOENIX -- In Games 1 and 2 of the NL Division Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks, intentional walks -- whether real or proposed -- factored prominently into both Milwaukee wins.
The trend continued as the series shifted to Arizona for Game 3 Tuesday, but roles were reversed as an intentional pass swung things in the Diamondbacks' favor and they avoided a sweep with an 8-1 win.
With Milwaukee down 3-1 and runners on first and third in the fifth inning, Shaun Marcum put Arizona catcher Miguel Montero on first base. Considering Montero was 2-for-2 with two RBIs already, the move seemed wise.
Four pitches later, it was a whole new ballgame. Rookie first baseman Paul Goldschmidt launched a 1-2 cutter over the right field wall for the first grand slam in Diamondbacks postseason history and the first in baseball by a rookie in 13 years.
Suddenly, the intentional walk could be scrutinized. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke knew it so he opened up his postgame ...