Diamondbacks return home with backs against wall

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PHOENIX — Down in the standings or down to their last out, the Arizona Diamondbacks found a way to rally all season, riding their comebacks back into the playoffs.

Arizona manager Kirk Gibson (center) talks with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (right) and Lyle Overbay during a workout. The Diamondbacks trail the Brewers 2-0, but coming back when many count them out is something they're comfortable with.  MATT YORK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Arizona manager Kirk Gibson (center) talks with first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (right) and Lyle Overbay during a workout. The Diamondbacks trail the Brewers 2-0, but coming back when many count them out is something they're comfortable with.

After two lackluster games in Mil­waukee, the Diamondbacks need one last big comeback or it’s going to be a short return to the postseason.

Trailing the Brewers 2-0 in the NL division series, Arizona returns home for Game 3 tonight, sending out rookie right-hander Josh Collmenter to face Mil­waukee righty Shaun Marcum in what should be a raucous atmosphere at Chase Field.

“I think it’s good that we came from behind all year,” Diamond­backs third baseman Ryan Roberts said Monday. “There’s no panic mode here.”

Arizona put up a monster May after falling behind 6½ games in April and mastered the art of the comeback, rallying to win a majors-high 48 times on its way to the NL West title.

Unable to catch the Brewers in the regular season to secure home-field advantage, the Diamond­backs opened the NLDS with two games in Milwaukee.

They return to the desert searching for answers after two deflating losses.

But the Diamondbacks have played with a chip-on-their-shoulder mentality all season and quieted the naysayers with several comeback wins and their first NL West title in four years. Now, with everyone counting them out again, they’re looking to do it again.

“We prospered together and we failed together, and that’s the way it will remain,” Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. “We understand people are going to have opinions on how things are happening. It’s not over yet, so it’s almost amusing. We’re still competing, we’re still in the series.”


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