'Tickler' Gives Brewers Last Laugh

'Tickler' Gives Brewers Last Laugh

Thousands of baseballs have been hit better, harder, sharper, cleaner and farther in the 11-year history of Miller Park. Most assuredly, however, there has never been a hit quite like Nyjer Morgan's on Friday night.

It was a seeing-eye, slow-motion, hold-your-breath 20-bouncer up the middle. A "tickler," Morgan called it, eluding Arizona Diamondback gloves, taking its own sweet time to roll into short center field.

But what a monstrous blow for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Morgan's one-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning drove in Carlos Gomez from second base with the winning run in the Brewers' thrilling 3-2 victory in Game 5 of the National League Division Series.

Before a sellout crowd of 44,028 towel-waving fans, the Brewers scratched and clawed, overcame John Axford's first blown save in more than five months and won their first postseason series since the 1982 team represented the American League in the World Series.

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