10/05/08 4:55 PM EST
Brewers Short Hops: Game 4
Power buoyed the Brewers in 2008, but hurt them in the NLDS
By Joe Frisaro / MLB.com
The long ball carried the Brewers, as they finished fifth in the Majors in homers, but they hit a lone home run in the NLDS.
With a 2-2 count on Pat Burrell in the third inning, Brewers right-hander Jeff Suppan called time to meet briefly with catcher Jason Kendall. Kendall set up inside, and Burrell belted the next pitch -- an 88-mph fastball -- over the left-field wall for a three-run homer.
4 -- The number of home runs surrendered by the Brewers on Sunday. Suppan yielded three in three innings. The key blasts came back-to-back in the third inning, a three-run shot by Burrell followed by a homer by Jayson Werth. In the eighth inning, Burrell went deep again, this time off Guillermo Mota. Game balls
The 22-year-old, who started and pitched four innings in Game 1 at Philadelphia, turned in three impressive innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit.
Fielder put his team on the board with his team's lone homer in the four games.
Braun had two singles and an RBI on Sunday. He drove in the team's second run with a two-out hit in the eighth inning. He finished the series with a .313 average.
Sense of October
ThunderStix slapping and the crowd revved up, the Brewers got on the board in the seventh inning on Fielder's homer. The place erupted again when J.J. Hardy followed with a single, as the sense of urgency was evident for a late-inning rally that never transpired.
3 AB, 1 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 R
Comment: Fielder snapped an 0-for-12 series slide by blasting a monstrous home run to right field to open the seventh inning.
3 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 3 Ks, 3 Hrs, 15.00 ERA
Comment: Making his 10th career postseason start, Suppan was 3-3 with a 3.00 in the postseason before Sunday. The veteran struggled against the Phillies for the second time in three weeks. On Sept. 14 at Philadelphia, the right-hander suffered a loss, giving up six runs in 3 2/3 innings that day.
"This was a stepping-stone for a lot of them. They get the experience what it's like to be in a playoff series, as well as to battle their butts off the last week of the season to get in it. So they've experienced pretty much the ultimate thing except playing in a World Series, and that's obviously our goal."
-- Brewers manager Dale Sveum
After finishing with a 90-72 record and winning the National League Wild Card, the Brewers' season came to an end on Sunday.
Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.