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Milwaukee, WI (Oct 17) – The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 12-6 on Sunday night. The win ended the series in six games as the St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the World Series for the 18th time in their history. The Cardinals offense was on fire and carried them to the victory. It is amazing to see two teams reach the World Series strictly on their offense. The old adage in baseball is pitching wins but not this year.
Edwin Jackson started for the Cardinals and pitched two innings giving up four hits, four runs, no walks, and striking out two. Fernando Salas pitched two innings giving up two hits, a run, and one walk and struck out three. Mark Rzepczynski got the win pitching 2 1/3 innings giving up a hit, a run with a strikeout, Octavio Dotel pitched 2/3 of an inning, striking out one, and Lance Lynn pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout. Jason Motte pitched a perfect inning with a strikeout to close out the game.
Sean Marcum started for the Brewers and took the loss. He pitched an inning giving up three hits, four runs with a walk and a strikeout. Chris Narveson pitched 1 2/3 innings giving up four hits and five runs with a walk, three strikeouts, Latroy Hawkins pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up a hit and a walk, and Cameron Loe pitched an inning giving up two hits and two runs with a strikeout. Takashi Saito pitched two innings giving up a hit and he struck out three batters, Francisco Rodriguez pitched an inning giving up two hits and a run with a strikeout and John Axford pitched an inning giving up a hit and striking out two.
Rafael Furcal had a hit and an RBI for the Cardinals. John Jay had a hit, a walk, Albert Pujols had two hits, two RBI and a walk, and Lance Berkman had a hit and an RBI. Matt Holliday had two hits, David Freese had three hits and three RBI and Yadier Molina had two hits and a walk. Nick Punto had an RBI, Allen Craig had a hit and two RBI and Adron Chambers had an RBI. Daniel Descalso had a hit; Freese had a double and a homerun. Furcal and Pujols each had a homerun. The Cardinals were 4-9 with runners in scoring position and they left five men on base. Jay had a stolen base.
Corey Hart had a hit and an RBI for the Brewers. Carlos Gomez had a hit, Ryan Braun had an RBI and Rickie Weeks had a hit and an RBI. Jerry Hairston had two hits, Yuniesky Betancourt had a hit and an RBI and Jonathan Lucroy had a hit and two RBI. Casey McGehee drew a walk in the game. Hairston and Betancourt each had a double. Hart, Weeks and Lucroy each had a homerun. The Brewers were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and they left three men on base. Hart and Hairston each made an error, the Brewers did not have the best defense all season and it really hurt them in this series.
The game started off with a bang, the first three innings saw 13 runs scored. The Cardinals got the scoring started in the first inning with a Berkman RBI single. Freese hit a three-run homerun and it was 4-0 Cardinals. Hart hit a solo homerun to make it a 4-1 game, in the second inning Furcal hit a solo homerun and it was 5-1 Cardinals. In the second Weeks, hit a solo homerun and Lucroy hit a two-run homerun and the score was 5-4 Cardinals.
The Cardinals came right back in the third and scored four more runs to make it 9-4 and they would never look back from there. Pujols hit a solo homerun, Punto hit a sacrifice fly and Craig hit a two-run single. In the fourth Betancourt hit an RBI double to make it 9-5. Molina reached on a fielder’s choice allowing a run to score in the fifth and Chambers hit a sacrifice fly. The Cardinals had an 11-5 lead. Braun grounded out and a run scored in the sixth making it 11-6, in the eighth Pujols hit an RBI single making it a 12-6 game and that is how the game ended.
The Cardinals won the series in six games to win their 18th pennant. The Cardinals did it behind a strong offense and bullpen. Their starting pitchers did not make it out of the fifth inning in any game. St. Louis has won the NL pennant three times in the last eight years. St. Louis will be looking to win its 11th World Championship with the Yankees being the only team with more. Since August 24th the Cardinals are 30-13. The Cardinals for the 17th consecutive time will board a plane having won their most recent game, they call it “happy flight”.
The World Series will begin in St. Louis against the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night. The National League has the home field advantage. It should be an interesting series with both teams getting there on their offense and not much starting pitching.
Gary W. Marchese Jr. – The Associated News Network