Cards crush Brewers, even NLCSOct 11, 2011 - 5:02 AM
Pujols had a homer and three doubles for St. Louis, which bounced back from a 9-6 loss on Sunday.
Nick Punto added two runs batted in for the Cardinals, who are back in this round for the 10th time in team history and the first time since 2006 when they won the World Series.
"Just another game," Pujols said. "I'm just glad I was able to help this ballclub to win. Go back home knowing there is a long series. Hopefully we can swing the bat the way we did, from the top of the lineup all the way to the bottom of the lineup the next couple of games and see where we're at."
St. Louis starter Edwin Jackson gave up two runs on seven hits over 4 1/3 innings. Lance Lynn (1-0) recorded the final two outs in the fifth to pick up the win.
Prince Fielder and Rickie Weeks homered for the NL Central-champion Brewers, who excelled at home during the regular season, setting a franchise record by going 57-24. Milwaukee went on to win all three games at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS before winning the first game of this best- of-seven series.
Shaun Marcum (0-2) allowed five runs on seven hits over four innings for Milwaukee, which is in a League Championship Series for the first time since 1982 when it beat the Angels in the ALCS before falling to St. Louis in the World Series.
Game 3 will take place in St. Louis on Wednesday at 8:05 p.m. (et). Yovani Gallardo of the Brewers will be opposed by Chris Carpenter.
Pujols got going early on for the Cardinals. Jon Jay reached base on a bunt single with one out in the first inning. Pujols stepped to the plate and crushed a 1-2 Marcum offering over the wall in left for an early 2-0 lead.
It was Pujols' 14th postseason home run, setting a franchise record. Jim Edmonds had 13 in the playoffs with St. Louis. It was Pujols' first postseason homer since the 2006 World Series.
Milwaukee had a chance to get on the board in the second. Jerry Hairston Jr. and Yuniesky Betancourt hit consecutive one-out singles to put men on first and second. Jackson retired the next two batters to get out of the minor jam.
The Cardinals doubled their lead in the third. Jackson led off the frame with a single to center that went under the glove of a sliding Nyjer Morgan. Jay singled two batters later to put two men on for Pujols. The St. Louis first baseman knocked in both runners with a double to center. The ball sailed over Morgan's glove and off the bottom of the wall. Marcum retired the next two batters to keep it a 4-0 game.
St. Louis tacked on another run in the fourth. Yadier Molina led off with a liner past a diving Hairston at third. The ball went down the left-field line and Molina made it to second base. Two batters later, Punto hit an RBI single up the middle for a 5-0 margin.
The Brewers finally got to Jackson in the home fourth. Fielder doubled to right-center field to start the inning. Weeks then smacked a 3-1 pitch over the wall in left.
But St. Louis put two runs on the board in the fifth. Marco Estrada gave up a double to Jay, who crossed the plate on Pujols' double to right-center field. Pujols went to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch to make it 7-2.
The Brewers' best chance to get back in the game came in the bottom of the fifth. Corey Hart led off with a walk and two batters later Ryan Braun hit a ground-rule double to center. Arthur Rhodes was called in from the bullpen and he walked Fielder to load the bases. Lynn took over for Rhodes and got Weeks to hit a grounder to short. The Cardinals were able to turn a big inning-ending double play to keep it a five-run game.
Replays appeared to indicate that Weeks beat the throw from second, but he was ruled out.
"Big part in the game, whether he's safe or out," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "You guys saw the replay, that was a big play. If he's safe, we still have we have a run in, we have the at bat coming up with Hairston. Big play in the game."
St. Louis added four runs in the seventh to break the game open. Kameron Loe gave up a one-out double to Pujols. Matt Holliday then started a string of five straight singles, which plated four runs for an 11-2 lead.
Fielder and David Freese homered in the eighth and ninth, respectively, to account for the final margin.
Only twice since the addition of the wild card have two teams from the National League Central met in the NLCS. It last happened in 2005, when the Astros knocked the Cardinals out of the playoffs...In the previous 41 series in NLCS history, the loser of Game 1 has come back to win the series on 12 occasions. The last team to do so was the Cardinals in 2006 against the New York Mets...The Cardinals had 17 hits...Pujols set a personal postseason best with five RBI.
- ST. LOUIS: 12
Oct 10 11:43 PM
- David Freese one-out, solo Home Run (3) to right. Nick Punto due up.
Cardinals 12, Brewers 3 Top 9, 1 OutOct 10 11:31 PM
- Prince Fielder lead-off Home Run (3) to right. Rickie Weeks due up.
Cardinals 11, Brewers 3 Bot 8, 0 OutsOct 10 11:19 PM
- Nick Punto single to center scored Yadier Molina with one out. On the play, David Freese advances to third. Runners on first and third and Fernando Salas due up.
Cardinals 11, Brewers 2 Top 7, 1 OutOct 10 10:49 PM
- David Freese single to center scored Lance Berkman with one out. On the play, Yadier Molina advances to second. Runners on first and second and Nick Punto due up.
Cardinals 10, Brewers 2 Top 7, 1 OutOct 10 10:46 PM
- Yadier Molina single to right scored Matt Holliday with one out. On the play, Lance Berkman advances to third. Runners on first and third and David Freese due up.
Cardinals 9, Brewers 2 Top 7, 1 OutOct 10 10:45 PM
- Matt Holliday single to right scored Albert Pujols with one out. Runner on first and Lance Berkman due up.
Cardinals 8, Brewers 2 Top 7, 1 OutOct 10 10:42 PM
- Marco Estrada's wild pitch scored Albert Pujols with two outs. None on and Yadier Molina at the plate.
Cardinals 7, Brewers 2 Top 5, 2 OutsOct 10 9:56 PM
- Albert Pujols double to right center scored Jon Jay with none out. Runner on second and Matt Holliday due up.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 2 Top 5, 0 OutsOct 10 9:51 PM
- Rickie Weeks none-out, two-run Home Run (1) to left scored Prince Fielder. Jerry Hairston Jr. due up.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 2 Bot 4, 0 OutsOct 10 9:33 PM
- Edwin Jackson sacrifice bunt to catcher. On the play, Nick Punto advances to second. Runner on second with two outs and Rafael Furcal due up.
Cardinals 5, Brewers 0 Top 4, 2 OutsOct 10 9:23 PM
- Albert Pujols double to center scored Edwin Jackson and Jon Jay with one out. Runner on second and Matt Holliday due up.
Cardinals 4, Brewers 0 Top 3, 1 OutOct 10 8:59 PM
- Albert Pujols one-out, two-run Home Run (1) to left scored Jon Jay. Matt Holliday due up.
Cardinals 2, Brewers 0 Top 1, 1 OutOct 10 8:12 PM
- ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Oct 10 8:06 PM
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