Brewers Short Hops: Game 3
Bush gets team off to great start and 'pen finishes strong
Fielding the Brewers' Game 3 4-1 win over the Phillies on a short hop ...In < 25 words ...
Dave Bush got the Brewers' pitching staff off to a solid start, and Milwaukee's bullpen was able to keep the Phillies' bats mostly quiet for the rest of the night.
The Brewers will probably look back at the first inning as the turning point of the game. They forced Phillies starter Jamie Moyer to throw 34 pitches -- his highest first-inning total of 2008 -- en route to two early runs. The inning began with walks by Mike Cameron and Bill Hall that led to early runs.
Six -- Between the fifth and sixth innings, the Brewers left six men on base when they stranded the bases loaded in each frame. Those innings represented Milwaukee's best chances to bust the game wide open. Game balls
The Brewers' starter did exactly what was needed: keep the Phillies' bats quiet and give his club a chance to win.
The center fielder's leadoff walk set the tone for a productive first inning. He ended with a hit, a walk and two runs scored.
The shortstop was Milwaukee's offensive spark on Saturday night with three hits and one RBI.
Sense of October
The Brewers fans had waited 26 years for playoff baseball to return to Milwaukee, and it showed in the first inning Saturday night, when their volume surely contributed to Moyer walking the first two hitters he faced.
2 AB, 1 H, 2 R, 2 BB
Comment: Cameron got the Brewers' offense started Saturday night with a leadoff walk in the first, which led to Milwaukee's first run.
5 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 3 Ks
Comment: Bush got the Brewers off to a fine start, and his bullpen was able to finish the job.
"I know everybody here has waited a long, long time to be in that situation. So it's something I'll definitely remember for a long time." -- Bush, on taking the mound in the first inning to begin the first playoff game in Milwaukee in 26 years
The Brewers were able to take advantage of their frenzied Miller Park fans on Saturday, and they'll hope to stay alive with more support from the Milwaukee faithful on Sunday.
Kevin Horan is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.