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Braun, Brewers bash their way to NLCS Game 1 win

Posted on: October 9, 2011 7:40 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2011 7:53 pm
Ryan Braun

By C. Trent Rosecrans

MILWAUKEE -- When the National League's two best offenses match up, what did you expect other than a slugfest? That's what Ronny's Wallbangers delivered in a 9-6 Brewers victory over the Cardinals to take a 1-0 lead in the NLCS.

Hero: If Ryan Braun was under-appreciated headed into this postseason, he's not going to be after it. Not only did he hit a two-run homer in the first inning, he doubled in two more in the six-run Brewer fifth. It's often said the key to beating the Brewers is to not let Braun and Prince Fielder beat you -- it's beginning to be just hope you can survive Braun and hope Fielder doesn't follow with a big blast, like he did in the sixth. In the postseason, Braun is now hitting .500/.577/1.000 and it's pretty safe he's making a case to add a postseason MVP trophy to the one he could win for the regular season.


Goat: Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia just didn't have his best stuff, but was able to get some help from the bottom of the Brewers lineup to avoid a big Brewers first inning. However, even after his team staked him to a 5-2 lead, he couldn't hold onto it. He probably should've been taken out earlier (more on that in a minute), but he didn't help himself by giving up a single and a double to start the sixth, only to see Braun and Fielder come up and finish off his game.

Turning point: Tony La Russa had Octavio Dotel warming up in the bullpen ready to come in for the fifth inning. Garcia gave up back-to-back doubles to Corey Hart and Jerry Hairston to lead off the inning, it seemed to be the end of Garcia's night. Except La Russa never got off the top step, even with Braun and Fielder coming up. Both Braun and Fielder were 2 for 8 in their lifetime against the right-handed reliever, with both striking out six times. Braun had a double against him, while Fielder also had a walk. The first-guessing on La Russa's tactic quickly turned to second- and third-guessing when Braun doubled and then Fielder homered -- and then La Russa took out Garcia.

It was over when … In the seventh inning, St. Louis was trailing by three, but had runners on first and third with no outs and Albert Pujols coming to the plate. It was pretty much the dream scenario for the Cardinals -- but Takashi Saito, pitching to his second batter, got Pujols to ground into a double play. Sure, a run scored to make it 8-6, but it took the air out of the Cardinals' hopes. 

Next: Game 2 pits St. Louis right-hander Edwin Jackson against Milwaukee's Shaun Marcum at 8:07 p.m. ET on Monday at Miller Park in Milwaukee. With Sunday's Game 1 win, the Brewers have won all four postseason games played in Milwaukee this year. Jackson pitched twice in Milwaukee against the Brewers this season -- getting rocked for 10 runs (eight earned) in seven innings on Aug. 3 and then giving up just one run in seven innings on Aug.30. Marcum fared worse at home than on the road this season, going 5-4 with a 4.81 ERA at Miller Park and 8-3 with a 2.21 ERA elsewhere.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 11:13 am

Braun, Brewers bash their way to NLCS Game 1 win

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:21 pm

Braun, Brewers bash their way to NLCS Game 1 win

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Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 12:37 pm

Braun, Brewers bash their way to NLCS Game 1 win

It's more original than a spin off from 1982.  I was giving credit to someone else.  I could of said I thought of it, but I'm not a dick like that.  Wink

Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: October 10, 2011 2:10 am

Braun, Brewers bash their way to NLCS Game 1 win

if you saw it from a sign at the game, how original is that?

-- ctr 

Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:12 am

Braun, Brewers bash their way to NLCS Game 1 win

Ronny's Wallbangers is not very original.  I saw a sign at the game that would be more appropriate.  Ron's Wrecking Crew is more original.  Take it and run with it.  Cool

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 12:30 am

Braun, Brewers bash their way to NLCS Game 1 win

Marcum didn't look good at all against the Diamondbacks, so this should be the Cards chance to even up the series before heading back to St. Louis. Jackson has also been up and down alot, so this could be another game where you might need close to 10 runs to win. The Cards won a series in Milwaukee in September, so it won't be expecting too much of them to get a split of these first 2 games in Milwaukee.

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