This wasn’t a game the Milwaukee Brewers had to win so much as one they couldn’t lose.
Momentum is an unquantifiable yet imperative thing, especially in a short series like this. Had the Brewers lost, having played near perfect until blowing a two-out lead in the ninth, well, it would have been deflating, the kind of defeat that lingers long after the game ends. But winning, and doing it in such dramatic fashion, that’s going to be the kind of boost a team can ride like a wave.
“We could not not win that game,” Ryan Braun said after the Brewers scratched out a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Mike Moustakas’ RBI single in the10th.
“We know how good they are, we know how good they are at home,” Braun added. “So that was just a game we couldn’t lose. Fortunately, we didn’t.”
Game 2 of the best-of-five NL Division Series is Friday afternoon.