MILWAUKEE -- Call him the Brewers' lucky charm. For the fourth time in Craig Counsell's career on Friday night, his team won a winner-take-all playoff game in walk-off fashion.
Counsell scored the winning run for the Marlins in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series on Edgar Renteria's clinching hit. He was on deck in Game 5 of the D-backs' win in the 2001 National League Division Series when Tony Womack won it. And Counsell was at first base in Game 7 of the '01 World Series after a hit-by-pitch when Luis Gonzalez delivered his famous bloop single against the Yankees. On Friday, Counsell lined out in the bottom of the 10th inning before Carlos Gomez's speed and Nyjer Morgan's bouncer up the middle gave Milwaukee Game 5 of the NLDS.
Most Major Leaguers would love to simply appear in four postseason series. Counsell has taken it to a new level.
"It's good fortune," Counsell said. "Just to be a part of four games like that, it's the point of it. To play in those four games, you can look at that and be pretty content what's happened in your career, that's for sure."