Polzin: What I did and didn’t like from Brewers’ Game 1 wild card loss to Arizona

Milwaukee entered Tuesday’s game with ace Corbin Burnes on the mound in front of the home fans. The final result didn’t go as planned for the Brewers.

MILWAUKEE — This was a pitching matchup that heavily favored the home team, at least on paper.That’s what makes a 6-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a National League wild card series Tuesday night at American Family Field so devastating for the Milwaukee Brewers.They sent out ace Corbin Burnes. The Diamondbacks sent out rookie Brandon Pfaadt. Neither pitched well, but Arizona produced more big hits and now has major control of this best-of-three series.

The Diamondbacks have ace Zac Gallen ready to go for Game 2 and Merrill Kelly ready if needed for Game 3.Just like that, a fun season for the Brewers is on the brink of ending with another quick exit in the postseason.Here are my quick thoughts on a game that started so well for Craig Counsell’s team:

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Diamondbacks’ Corbin Carroll heads to first after hitting a two-run home run off Brewers starter Corbin Burnes during the third inning Tuesday night.


What I didn’t likeRemember back on Feb. 16 when Burnes blasted the organization for their handling of his arbitration case?Burnes had learned a day earlier that a three-person panel had sided with the Brewers in a dispute over $740,000. The right-hander was asking for $10.75 million; he ended up with the $10.01 million salary the club offered.

That Burnes was bitter wasn’t a surprise. But it was interesting to hear him give a glimpse behind the curtain and reveal that one of the Brewers’ arguments was that Burnes wasn’t good enough down the stretch in 2022.“They basically put me in the forefront of the reason why we didn’t make the postseason last year,” Burnes told reporters at spring training. “That’s something that probably doesn’t need to be said.”Which brings us to Tuesday. Here was Burnes’ chance to deliver in a big game, to show he was worth that $740,000 and maybe more, to give a team a boost a day after it learned that Brandon Woodruff would miss the series with a shoulder injury.Instead, Burnes offered a dud, not even making it through five innings. He matched his shortest outing of the season, allowing four runs and three earned runs in four-plus innings.

His teammates gave him a 3-0 lead and, after retiring seven of the first eight …

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