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Right-handed relievers Lance Lynn and Kyle McClellan were not part of the process of putting the Cardinals into the National League Championship Series, but they found themselves front and center during Sunday afternoon's 9-6 loss to the Brewers in Game 1.
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Albert Pujols went 4 for 5 with a home run, three doubles and five RBIs to lead the Cardinals past the Milwaukee Brewers 12-3.
Game 1 of the National League Championship Series got away so fast, it left Cardinals manager Tony La Russa flat-footed in the dugout. With bombs exploding at Miller Park, with the pitching mound opening up like a pit of quicksand to swallow Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia, the future Hall of Fame manager didn't react.
MILWAUKEE -- In the light of day, the carnage
created by Albert Pujols' Monday night demolition of the Milwaukee
Brewers remains impressive. His four hits and five RBI only
partially tell the story of
St. Louis lost starter Adam Wainwright for the year before the season even started, but relied on their offense and some key trades to fight its way into the playoffs.
After grounding into a critical double play with two runners on
base in the seventh inning of Sunday's 9-6 loss, Albert Pujols put
on a postseason show Monday night in the Cardinals' Game 2
On a night when his Cardinals teammates had banged out 12 runs and 17 hits in a 12-3, Game 2 win over the Brewers, Octavio Dotel immediately flipped the conversation's focus to pitching.
Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols and Brewers counterpart Prince Fielder expect they'll be constantly compared to each other in the NL championship series that begins Sunday. Both say it has nothing to do with who ultimately reaches the World Series. The 31-year-old Pujols is a three-time MVP and two-time Gold Glove winner.
At this point, if Albert Pujols vs. Shaun Marcum were a boxing match, it would be stopped, in the first round. Actually, it would be stopped at the weigh-in.
One night after Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder stole the show, Albert Pujols helped the Cardinals even the National League Championship Series at a game apiece with a four-hit, five-RBI eruption in Game 2.
As the Yankees couldn't out-hit their pitching issues, even the Phillies' Four Aces couldn't out-pitch their hitting issues or Chris Carpenter in Game 5, sending the Cardinals forward in the postseason they weren't supposed to reach.
Thanks to Albert Pujols' monster night, the St. Louis Cardinals have done exactly what they set out to do in the NL championship series: Erase the Milwaukee Brewers' home-field advantage. Story includes post-game video.
It's not how you start, it's how you finish. No team knows that better than the St. Louis Cardinals, who will kick off the National League Championship Series against a familiar foe in the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park this afternoon.
The baseball gods who have been oh-so-gracious lately have now graced us with a little venom, tension, bad blood and hurt feelings, all encompassed in a National League Championship Series pitting the Brewers and Cardinals.
Two major ticket brokers in Milwaukee said Monday that the bottom fell out of the market for tickets to Game 1 of the series against the St. Louis Cardinals.