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Pujols powers Cardinals in Game 2 to even NLCS

Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:42 pm
Edited on: October 10, 2011 11:48 pm
Albert Pujols

By C. Trent Rosecrans

MILWAUKEE -- Albert Pujols changed the complexion of the NLCS with a mighty swing of the bat and a performance for the ages, as St. Louis clobbered the Brewers 12-3 in Game 2 to even the series at one game each.

Hero: Coming into Monday's Game 2, Pujols hadn't homered in a postseason game since 2006, spanning 46 at-bats. He had also notched just five RBI in his previous 23 postseason games. Those numbers can be thrown out the window after Pujols' monster 4 for 5 game with a homer, three doubles and five RBI. He also scored three times and was just generally Pujolsian. The Milwaukee fans let out a huge cheer when he grounded out in the eighth, even though their team was already behind 11-2.

Goat: The Brewers had a chance to get back in the game in the fifth inning with bases loaded and one out, trailing 7-2. Rickie Weeks, who had homered in his previous at-bat, faced Cardinals reliever Lance Lynn. On the first pitch Weeks hit a tailor-made double play ball to Rafael Furcal. Weeks, though, was busting his tail down the line and beat the throw from second baseman Nick Punto -- except first base umpire Sam Holbrook called him out, ending the inning and Milwaukee's best chance at making the final four innings interesting.

Turning point: When Pujols turned on Marcum's first-inning fastball in the first, he admired his shot a little bit, flipped his bat and let the Brewers know they were in for trouble.

It was over when … Pujols hit the ball over Nyjer Morgan's head for his third-inning double, scoring two and giving the Cardinals a 4-0 lead.

Next: The series shifts to St. Louis for Game 3, Wednesday night at 8:05 p.m ET with the top starters for each team taking the mound -- the Cardinals' Chris Carpenter and the Brewers' Yovani Gallardo.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 4, 2012 11:27 am

Pujols powers Cardinals in Game 2 to even NLCS

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 17, 2011 7:29 pm
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:56 am

Pujols powers Cardinals in Game 2 to even NLCS

Suitable send! I really like to go to a abide by through this important matter??

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:23 am

Pujols powers Cardinals in Game 2 to even NLCS

Good post Derek, but I would argue that Marcum is the Hero.  He has been beyond pathetic his last 3 starts.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2011 6:51 am

Pujols powers Cardinals in Game 2 to even NLCS

Hero:pujols of course(ugh)
goat: Ron Roenike for staying with an obviously overmatched(who's surprised?) shawn marcum way too long (again)
Turning point: marcums 70mph floaters, straight down the pipe. (pathetic at best)
creepiest moment: When fox cut to the booth to find francona with his arm around a questionably clad buck. Was that crushed silk joe?

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