Advice from a Comeback-Experienced Coach
By By Jay Sorgi
Next game: NLDS Game Three
The Milwaukee Brewers face the most dire of possible situations a baseball team can face in a five-game series: down 0-2, facing three must-win games, with an impotent offense that has only created seven hits in their two previous losses to Philadelphia.
There's a guy in the Brewers' clubhouse who faced a similar situation in the only playoff series the Brewers have ever won, the 1982 American League Championship Series: new bench coach Robin Yount.
"They know that we were down 0-2," said Yount. "These guys have heard the scenario and how it all played out."
"All you can tell them is that sports are games of momentum," explains Yount.
"Nobody's giving in. There are some of us that have been around that have been in this position before, and know it can be done.
"They know what to do. They've just played their first two playoff games, for a lot of them, in Philly. Obviously, we've put ourselves in a tough position. Our backs are against the wall, as they say."
How to get the backs off the wall? Get the bats a lot hotter that they have been in the seven games.
In that stretch, they only have 36 hits - a little more than five hits per game.
Sometimes, it's a matter of when you get those hits that gets you going.
The Brewers know this perhaps more than any other team in the postseason, with two walk-off wins in the final week and an 8th-inning Ryan Braun home run in the season finale against the Chicago Cubs that powered Milwaukee into the playoffs.
"We're only getting a hit at the right time here and there from winning both those games."
Perhaps the other aspect that could change things: 45,000 other people that weren't there in Philadelphia.
A loud Brewers' fan base.
"It can do a lot," says Yount.
"We saw that in Philly. It was unbelievable intensity that the crowd put into (Thursday's) game. In key situations, I think they played a big part in the Phillies getting what they had. I know it will be the same way for us."
"It's gonna be rocking, and people are gonna be excited, and so are we. We're looking forward to it."