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Milwaukee, WI (Oct 12) – The St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Milwaukee Brewers by the score of 12-3 on Sunday night in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series. Edwin Jackson started for the Cardinals pitched well however, he did not pitch that deep into the game. The bullpen used six pitchers and did an excellent job. Sean Marcum the starter for the Brewers was hit hard and the bullpen was hit even harder. Their star Albert Pujols led the offense for the Cardinals. Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun continued to hit for the Brewers.
Jackson for the Cardinals pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up seven hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out three. Arthur Rhodes walked a batter without recording an out; five other relievers pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up one hit and one run. They walked one and struck out one. Marcum for the Brewers pitched four innings giving up seven hits and five runs with a walk and a strikeout. Marco Estrada and Kameron Loe came in following Marcum and got hit hard as well. They gave up nine hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings pitched. The rest of the bullpen pitched 2 2/3 innings giving up a hit and a run with four strikeouts.
Pujols who had four hits and five RBI led the Cardinals offense. John Jay had three hits; Matt Holliday had a hit, RBI and a walk. Lance Berkman had a hit, Yadier Molina had two hits and an RBI and David Freese had two hits and two RBI. Nick Punto had two hits and two RBI, Jackson and Ryan Theriot had a hit. Pujols had three doubles, Molina and Jay had a double. Pujols and Freese each hit a homerun. The Cardinals were 7-15 with runners in scoring position and they left six men on base. Holliday was caught stealing
Braun had two hits for the Brewers, Fielder had two hits, an RBI and a walk and Rickie Weeks had a hit and two RBI. Jerry Hairston had a hit and Yuniesky Betancourt had two hits. Fielder and Braun each had a double. Weeks and Fielder each had a homerun. The Brewers were 1-4 with runners in scoring position and they left seven men on base. Weeks made a throwing error.
In the first Pujols hit a two-run homerun to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. In the third Pujols hit a two run double to make it a 4-0 game in favor of the Cardinals. In the fourth Punto hit an RBI single to extend the lead to 5-0. In the bottom of the fourth Weeks hit a two-run homerun to make it 5-2 Cardinals. In the fifth Pujols hit an RBI double and there was a wild pitch to score another run. The Cardinals had a 7-2 lead. In the seventh Holliday hit an RBI single, Molina hit an RBI single, Freese had an RBI single and Punto had an RBI single. The score was 11-2 in favor of the Cardinals. In the eighth inning, Fielder hit a solo homerun to make it 11-3. Freese homered in the ninth to make it 12-3 and that would complete the scoring in the game.
The best of seven series is all tied up at one game apiece. The two teams will do battle in Game 3 from St. Louis on Wednesday night. The Cardinals have seized home field advantage that the Brewers had. The next three games will be in St. Louis.
The Cardinals have the momentum now and will have the next three games at home. If they can win a couple of games, they will be in good shape going into the last couple of games which will be on the road.
Gary W. Marchese Jr. – WorldNewsVine