The Milwaukee Brewers stopped the skid on Thursday, taking Game 4 of the NLCS to even the series. With the win, Milwaukee regained the home-field advantage it lost as the St. Louis Cardinals stole game two at Miller Park. Judging by the comments after the game, Thursday's win was a big one for the Brewers, as is the opportunity to head back to Milwaukee for Game 6.
After the game, manager Ryan Roenicke praised his starter, Randy Wolf, while also emphasizing how big it was for the Brewers to at least guarantee a return to Milwaukee.
Real important for us to go back home. I still think we can play good ball on the road but it's important to go back home for sure. Hopefully we'll do it with the lead but if not, we've got two games there.
Ryan Braun shared the same sentiment after the Brewers guaranteed the series would return to Milwaukee for Game 6.
"It feels good to know that we're at least going to get to go back home," said Ryan Braun, who singled home the go-ahead run in the fifth.
For the Brewers, Thursday's win takes a bit of the pressure off. Lose and Milwaukee would have faced an elimination game in St. Louis and the prospect of having to win three games in a row to reach the World Series. Now, after knotting the NLCS, it's down to a best-of-three game series, with two of the three games -- if necessary -- set to take place at Miller Park.
Game 5 gets underway on Friday in St. Louis as Zach Greinke takes the hill against Jamie Garcia.