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Brewers too quick for Cards in Game 1 win

Posted on: October 9, 2011 7:41 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2011 8:37 pm
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MILWAUKEE -- What would have happened had Cardinals manager Tony La Russa summoned reliever Octavio Dotel two batters earlier in the fifth inning?

We'll never know. But after the Brewers cracked open this NLCS with a 9-6 bruising of St. Louis, we do know this:

The manager who invented the modern day bullpen was a step too slow for Milwaukee's lighting-quick thunder. His team owned a three-run lead in that game-turning fifth, but Jamie Garcia had allowed the first two batters of the inning to reach base and Dotel was ready in the pen.

Up next: Ryan Braun, just 2-for-8 lifetime against Dotel (single, double) with six strikeouts.

Following Braun: Prince Fielder, also just 2-for-8 lifetime against Dotel (two singles) with six whiffs.

Yet La Russa made no move to the mound. Not even for a chat.

Quicker than you could scream "MVP!", as the sellout crowd chanted to near-deafening proportions, Braun sent the first pitch he saw from Garcia rocketing into the right-field corner for a two-run double.

Then, quicker than you could say "Beast Mode", Fielder sent the first pitch he saw screaming over the right-field fence for a two-run homer that lifted Milwaukee into a 6-5 lead.

It was as quick and brutal as a TKO.

How quick? Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled, Braun doubled and Prince homered on three consecutive pitches.

Not quick enough for you? Try this: As measured by ESPN Home Run Tracker, formerly Hit Tracker, the homer traveled at a speed of 119.2 m.p.h. off of Fielder's bat -- the highest speed for any homer hit in 2011.

So in their first League Championship Series game in 29 years, the Brewers set a land-speed record in leaping out to a lead over the Cardinals, in retaining their all-important home-field advantage and in convincing their fans that the World Series is just three victories from returning to Milwaukee for the first time since 1982.


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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Brewers too quick for Cards in Game 1 win

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Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: October 10, 2011 5:10 am
 

Brewers too quick for Cards in Game 1 win

What if columns are somewhat interesting to read but otherwise mostly useless. It's always nice to think what would have happened had something been done a different way or not, but in the end you can't be sure anything would have been changed, or if it did change, how it would of changed. So you see, what if I hadn't commented on this column, and what if you hadn't read it? Neither one of us would be confused right now on what I'm trying to say. Ha.



Since: Nov 25, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 9:11 pm
 

...what if monkeys could write?

LaRussa obviously had reasons for what he did/did not do.  Wow.  They guy will be in the hall of fame, and you?  I don't see any hall in your future (with all due respect, I like you). 



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2011 8:46 pm
 

Brewers too quick for Cards in Game 1 win

... As measured by ESPN Home Run Tracker, formerly Hit Tracker, the homer traveled at a speed of 119.2 m.p.h. off of Fielder's bat -- the highest speed for any homer hit in 2011.


MLB does indeed present some really useless statistics.


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