Randy Wolf was so close. He was so close to getting out of a jam. Then he did not get out of the jam. He allowed the jam to achieve its maximum scoring potential, and then some.
Wolf was staked to a 1-0 lead going into the bottom of the first. Leading off the bottom of the first, Willie Bloomquist lined a sharp single to center, because Willie Bloomquist is Tony Gwynn now, and Tony Gwynn is in phenomenal shape.
Two batters later, Justin Upton walked, and then Miguel Montero grounded a single into right to load the bases with one out. One out, and Paul Goldschmidt at the plate. Paul Goldschmidt, who hit a grand slam just Tuesday night. There was the threat of a repeat performance.
But Wolf actually retired Goldschmidt with a called strikeout on a questionable pitch inside, just off the plate. Suddenly Wolf was an out away from escaping unscathed, and all he had to do was pitch to Ryan Roberts.
79 miles per hour, thigh-high, over the middle, in a hitter's count. Roberts clobbered that meatball for a grand slam down the left field line - the Diamondbacks' fourth grand slam in four home games. It's like a thing of theirs. You see why they're in the playoffs?
Oh, but that so wasn't it. After Roberts came Chris Young, and after Young worked his way to a 3-1 count, Wolf gave him an 89-m.p.h. fastball over the outer edge that Young blasted out to left-center for a solo shot. Two batters, two homers, five runs.
The Brewers had an early lead. That was just a few minutes ago. Now they are trailing by four times the magnitude of that lead. Funny!