Loud crowd not enough to spur Brewers to victory in Game 2 of the NLDS
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- The Brewers' bats were not as loud as the fans Saturday night, unable to come through with a clutch hit when they needed one. Thousands of rally towels and a standing-room-only crowd were not enough. American Family Field was very loud throughout the game, and the Brewers may need that intensity as the series shifts to Atlanta.
Brewers fan Troy Matenaer said, "You can't beat the atmosphere in there compared to any MLB park."
Fans were out in full force Saturday night as a sellout crowd of more than 43,000 people tried to spark a rally that just never came. The 3-0 loss to the Braves evened the series at one game apiece. But Brewers fans are still confident the team can take two of the next three.
Easton Markovic said, "I think we'll win the next game, and then they'll win the next game, so then we’ll win it here." And Matenaer added, "I'm thinking we split. Pretty confident we can win both games, but wouldn't be surprised if we came back here."
The road ahead is a little tougher now after the loss, but not everyone was disappointed. Braves fan Jarred Matthews said the "Brewers game is just a fun place to be at. To see my Braves at a Brewers game is wonderful. Getting to see my Braves beat the Brewers is even better."
Matthews grew up in Georgia but went to college in Milwaukee and stayed for the last 10 years. He was happy to give back a little of what he got Saturday. He said, "Everyone gives me a hard time. Getting on the shuttle to and from the games is a hard time. But, I get the last laugh."
But Brewers fans didn't quit cheering them on during the game, and they won't give up on the series, either. Julia Ciha said, "We're going to win the next one, for sure. Because it is the Brewers, we're always going to win."
The day ended in disappointment, but it started with such promise as the perfect playoff atmosphere filled American Family Field and the surrounding parking lots. Fans are hoping for more of that soon.