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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.
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The "Rally Squirrel" may have been removed from Busch Stadium, but it is still very much a part of the postseason.
The St. Louis Cardinals will distribute 40,000 rally towels with a squirrel design to fans at Wednesday's Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, a nod to the squirrels who ran on the field during the previous series.
In addition to the free...
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Tony La Russa and the St. Louis Cardinals are going nuts for the Rally Squirrel.
On the day he pitches, Chris Carpenter can be an ornery cuss. He prowls the mound, barks at hitters, and on at least one occasion has been known to invite a basepath collision.
Though just an 11-game winner for the St. Louis Cardinals, the 36-year-old right-hander has been in dominating mode since midseason. Apparently in the Milwaukee Brewers' heads, too, heading into a matchup...
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.
ST. LOUIS -- Nobody on either side can quite figure out why Milwaukee Brewers All-Star starter Yovani Gallardo looks like a completely different pitcher against the St. Louis Cardinals.
"I can't explain it," Gallardo said.
But the Brewers ace, holder of a lifetime 53-34 record and a 3.52 ERA, seemingly transforms from a top of the rotation starter to someone Milwaukee...
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
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.
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.
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.