Brewers not quite in 'beast mode' in blowout loss to Diamondbacks
The Milwaukee Brewers had plenty of opportunities to strike their now-infamous "beast mode" pose -- muscles flexed while letting out a roar -- during the first two games of their National League division series against Arizona, outscoring the Diamondbacks, 13-5, to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.
But the beasts were tamed Tuesday night, as the Diamondbacks responded with both an 8-1 victory to keep the series alive and a celebratory gesture of their own -- "the snake."
"It worked for them. We have to find something that works for us,” said Arizona's Miguel Montero, who struck the pose -- using his right arm to simulate a snake strike -- after driving in a run with a double in the first inning.
“We came with that one today. I got the double and, boom, I dropped it. The snake worked today. We'll try to bring the snake back tomorrow. Let's see if it becomes poisonous. I'm going to bite you.”
Of course, the real highlight of the game was the fifth-inning grand slam by rookie Paul Goldschmidt, who came to the plate after Montero was intentionally walked to load the bases.
The Diamondbacks face another elimination game Wednesday at 6:30 PDT, but this time they have some momentum -- and "the snake" -- behind them.
“We like our snakes. You have to be careful. It's tough to catch. Sneaky," Montero said. "It probably has to bite a couple of more times to catch the monster.”
-- Chuck Schilken
The Sports Xchange contributed to this report.
Left photo: Paul Goldschmidt, right, gets his helmet knocked over his face as he's congratulated at the plate by Willie Bloomquist after his fifth-inning grand slam. Credit: Matt York / Associated Press
Right photo: Milwaukee's Prince Fielder. Credit: Mark J. Rebilas / US Presswire