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Cardinals win 12-3, even NLCS

Bottom of the Ninth:

Jason Motte is brought in with a huge lead to get some work. Rafael Furcal went deep into the hole at short to rob Mark Kotsay of a hit. Yadier Molina, playing first base, made a nice scoop to dig the ball out of the dirt. Carlos Gomez flied out to right field for the second out. Corey Hart drove a ball to the track in right. But Adron Chambers hauled it in and the Cardinals evened the series at one game each. Cardinals 12, Brewers 3.

Top of the Ninth:

Yadier Molina gave a pitch a ride. But he hit it to dead centerfield for the first out in the ninth inning. David Freese recovered the nine-run lead for the Cardinals with an opposite field homer to make the score 12-3. Gerald Laird entered the game as a pinch hitter and struck out and Adron chambers ended the night for the St. Louis offense with a strike out looking. Cardinals 12, Brewers 3.

Bottom of the Eighth:

Mitchell Boggs entered the game in relief and promptly served up a long solo homer to Prince Fielder to make the score 11-3. He fell behind Rickie Weeks 3-1. But Boggs came back to retire the Brewers second sacker on a high bouncing ball to shortstop. Jerry Hairston also checked on Rafael Furcal at short for the second out. Yunieski Bettancourt grounded to third for the final out. Cardinals 11, Brewers 3.

Top of the Eighth:

Former Cardinals farmhand Chris Narveson is in the game for Milwaukee. Jon Jay hit another ball squarely -- but right to the centerfielder for the first out. Albert Pujols broke his bat on a groundout to second -- which was cheered wildly by the Milwaukee crowd. Allen Craig hit for Matt Holliday and recorded an infield single. Kyle Lohse pinch hit for Rzepczynski and struck out to end the frame.

Bottom of the Seventh:

Marc Rzepczynski has come in to pitch for the Cardinals. Carlos Gomez led off for Milwaukee as a pinch hitter and he grounded out first to the pitcher covering. Corey Hart hit a lazy fly on a 3-1 pitch to right field where Adron Chambers has taken over for Lance Berkman. Nyjer Morgan drew a five-pitch walk to reach base for the first time tonight. I wonder if Rzepczynski knows it is 11-2. Ryan Braun hit a two-hopper to David Freese for the forceout at second base. Cardinals 11, Brewers 2.

Top of the Seventh:

Jon Jay grounds out to lead off the seventh. It's the first time he has been retired tonight. That means Albert Pujols came to the plate with the bases empty for the first time. But no matter, Pujols doubled down the right field line to improve to 4-for-4 on the night. It was an odd ground rule double. The ball only flew about 250 feet. It landed on or very close to the foul line and then hopped into the right field stands over the side wall. Matt Holliday singled and Pujols scored to increase the St. Louis lead to 8-2. Lance Berkman hit another hard ball right to an infielder. This one was too hot to handle for Jerry Hairston and Berkman reached first to make it two on and one out. Yadi Molina singled on a grounder to right to drive in Holliday and make the score 9-2. David Freese kept the merry go round going with a single to drive in Berkman to make the advantage 10-2. Nick Punto joined the fun to make it 11-2. LaTroy Hawkins entered the game to pitch to pinch hitter Adron Chambers (Not sure why La Russa didn't leave in Salas with a huge lead) and Chambers struck out looking... Rafael Furcal flied out to left center. But the Redbirds have broken the game open. Cardinals 11, Brewers 2.

Bottom of the Sixth:

Fernando Salas entered the game to pitch for the Redbirds. Jerry Hairston, batting .409 in the post season hit a fly ball to the warning track in centerfield. But Jon Jay tracked it down for the first out. Yunieski Bettancourt flied out to Jay in left center on the first pitch he saw. Jonathan Lucroy struck out to end the frame. Hopefully, after a short inning, Salas can at least complete one more. Cardinals 7, Brewers 2.

Top of the Sixth:

David Freese led off the inning with a strikeout looking on a questionable call. Nick Punto hit a lazy fly to left field for the second out. Ryan Theriot pinch hit for Lance Lynn and hit a two-strike single up the middle. Furcal struck out to end the inning. I wish the Cardinals would have left Lynn in the game for another inning or two. There are still a lot of Brewers outs to record. Cardinals 7, Milwaukee 2.

Bottom of the Fifth:

With the top of the order coming up, Edwin Jackson walked Corey Hart to start the fifth. He fell behind Nyjer Morgan but got the Milwaukee centerfielder to fly out to Jon Jay to fall to 0-for-3 on the night. Ryan Braun rifled a ground rule double that Jay barely had a chance to turn around. And that's it for him as manager Tony La Russa is going to the bullpen with on out in the fifth. In comes lefty Arthur Rhodes to face lefty Prince Fielder... And he walks the only man he comes in to face. Rookie Lance Lynn is called in with the bases loaded. Lynn coaxes a double play from Rickie Weeks and the Cardinals miraculously stay ahead by a 7-2 margin.

Top of the Fifth:

Jon Jay lead off against Milwaukee reliever Marco Estrada and doubled down the right field line after working the count and getting a pitch he could handle. Albert Pujols, suddenly hitting to his hot spot in right center, doubled again to drive in Jay and make the score 6-2. Matt Holliday failed to move Pujols to third by striking out. Then Lance Berkman hit a worm burner right to Prince Fielder on the first pitch he saw for the second out as Pujols went to third. Albert scored on a passed ball to make the score 7-2. Yadier Molina grounded out to second to end the top of the fifth. Cardinals 7, Brewers 2.

Bottom of the Fourth:

After Edwin Jackson struck out the side in the third, he got off to a bad start in the fourth. Prince Fielder led off the Brewers with a double. The Rickie Weeks got ahead 3-1 and launched a two-run homer to get Milwaukee back into the game 5-2. Jerry Hairston was retired on a ranging play by Nick Punto. The St. Louis second baseman fielded the ball going to his right and threw out the runner from the shortstop side of second base. Yunieski Bettancourt singled to right. Jonathan Lucroy hit to third for a forceout at second base. Casey McGehee came in to pinch hit for starting pitcher Shaun Marcum and hit a check swing grounder back to Jackson. Cardinals 5, Brewers 2.

Top of the Fourth:

Yadier Molina, who fell behind in the count early and then had a second chance when a fly to right landed one row deep in seats foul, ripped a double down the third base line. David Freese hit a grounder to second and made a productive out as the runner went to third. Nick Punto hit a single up the middle past the drawn in shortstop to give the Cardinals a 5-0 lead. Edwin Jackson bunted Punto to second. Rafeal furcal grounded to third and was barely beaten by the throw to fall to 0-for-3 on the night. Cardinals 5, Brewers 0.

Bottom of the Third:

Back to the top of the order for Milwaukee. Corey Hart struck out looking to lead off the frame. Nyjer Morgan, who contributed to two Cardinals runs by not being able to make defensive plays, struck out swinging to fall to 0-2 in the game. Ryan Braun, hitting .522 in the post-season when he came to the plate, fell behind 0-2 in the count and barely checked his swing on ball one. But Edwin Jackson struck him out on a breaking ball in the dirt to fan the side. Cardinals 4, Brewers 0.

Top of the Third:

Pitcher Edwin Jackson singles on a fly ball up the middle on a ball that Milwaukee centerfielder Nyjer Morgan can't reach with a dive. Rafael Furcal popped a lazy fly out to left field. Jon Jay singled to right. Then Albert Pujols, given new life after a foul to right field falls just beyond the reach of Corey Hart, hits one off the centerfield wall for a two run double. Matt Holliday moved Pujols to third with a productive out. Rickie Weeks robbed the Cardinals of a fifth run with a diving play at second to retire Lance Berkman. Cardinals 4, Milwaukee 0.

Bottom of the Second:

Rickie Weeks flied out to centerfield. Jerry Hairston singled on a line drive up the middle. Yunieski Betancourt lined a single to left field. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy got ahead 3-0 in the count before fouling off a fastball and swinging through a 3-1 slider. With the count full, Lucroy skied a fly ball to right for the second out. Pitcher Shaun Marcum popped a foul half way up the first base line and two gold glovers -- Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina -- watch the ball drop between them. Fortunately Jackson gets Marcum to pop a ball behind second base and Jon Jay rushes in to catch it. 2-0 Cardinals after two innings.

Top of the second:

Yadier Molina grounded out to short and David Freese quickly fell behind 0-2 before hitting a lazy fly to right field. Punto popped out to second. Cardinals 2, Brewers 0.

Bottom of the first:

St. Louis starter Edwin Jackson fell behind 3-1 to Milwaukee leadoff man Corey Hart but got him to fly out to centerfield. Nyjer Morgan grounded out to second base. Left fielder Ryan Braun singled on a grounder up the middle to bring up Prince Fielder who hit a rocket to second baseman Nick Punto. After one inning, Cardinals 2, Brewers 0.

Top of the first:

Rafael Furcal grounded out to shortstop after getting ahead of Milwaukee starter Shaun Marcum. Jon Jay followed with a bunt single. Albert Pujols launched a ball just foul before straightening one out and giving the Cardinals a 2-0 lead.

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