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Jon Jay catches a deep fly ball in game 6 vs the Brewers

October 16, 2011 – Cards close out Brewers

The St. Louis Cardinals faced off against their division rivals the Milwaukee Brewers. The rivalry had been simmering all season. It may have peaked back on August 2, when the Cardinals won a wild game involving controversy and ejections. After that, it seemed the two agreed to let their play settle things. This would be the final showdown.

Both teams were coming off of emotional 5-game series from the NLDS round. The Cardinals won a pitching duel for the ages 1-0. The Brewers had defeated the Diamondbacks 3-2 in 10 innings in game 5. They actually had blown a 2-1 lead in the top of the ninth. They finally rallied in the 10th to win it. The game-winning hit was by Nyjer “Beast Mode” Morgan.

The Brewers won game one of the NLCS 9-6. The Cardinals actually led this game 5-2 at one point before the Brewers rallied for 6 runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Rafael Betancourt all homered for the Brewers.

The Cardinals evened the series 1-1 with a 12-3 blowout. Seven different Cardinals pitchers combined to only allow 3 runs in the game. Jon Jay had 3 hits, and Albert Pujols had 4 including a home run. Yadier Molina, David Freese and Nick Punto each had 2 hits.

The Cardinals took game 3 in a much tigher game. They scored 4 runs in the bottom of the first, and that was it. The Brewers got two runs back in the second and one more in the third, but were shut out the rest of the game for a 4-3 Cardinals win.

The Brewers evened the series 2-2 with a 4-2 win in game 4. The Cardinals lead the game 2-0 early before the Brewers chipped away and got ahead. Randy Wolf threw 7 innings for the Brewers allowing the 2 runs on solo home runs by Allen Craig and Matt Holliday.

The Cardinals won game 5 by a 7-1 score. Jaime Garcia only pitched 4 2/3 innings but only allowed the one run. The bullpen was perfect. The offense was provided by Matt Holliday and Yadier Molina who each had 3 hits. The Cardinals were one win from the World Series but would have to win it on the road.

Game 6 was a slugfest that the Cardinals won 12-6. Each team hit three home runs. The Cardinals built a big lead early, building a 9-4 lead by the third inning. The biggest blow was probably David Freese’s 3-run home run in the first inning. Freese had 3 hits, and Molina, Pujols and Holliday each had 2 hits. The win was punctuated by Jon Jay’s jumping catch at the center field wall in the bottom of the ninth inning.

The National League had won the All Star Game, so they were heading back to St. Louis for game 1 of the World Series.

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August 2, 2011: Cardinals-Brewers rivalry escalates

This was a key game in the National League Central Division race.  It also exemplifies the kind of battle the Cardinals and Brewers were having in this division race. The Brewers came into this game 3.5 games up on the Cardinals. After this game they would either be 2.5 games ahead or 4.5 games ahead. Tensions were high. The night before, Tony La Russa had filed an official complaint accusing the Brewers of changing the ribbon board lighting inside Miller Park, making it brighter for Brewers hitters and dimmer for Cardinals hitters. This caused some angst among Brewers fans and, well, journalists and everyone else that doesn’t like La Russa or the Cardinals. They would have more to dislike after this game.

The Cardinals went 1-2-3 in the top of the first inning. In the bottom of the first, the first two Brewers batters got a single and a double. Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder drove them in with an RBI ground out and a sacrifice fly to put the Brewers up 2-0.

Matt Holliday homered to lead off the top of the second to make it 2-1. The Brewers got that run back in the bottom of the second on a single, a sacrifice bunt and another single.

The score stayed 2-1 until the top of the fourth. Albert Pujols and Holliday led off with a single and a walk. They advanced to second and third on a deep fly ball to right field by Lance Berkman. Skip Schumaker singled in Pujols and Holliday advanced to third. Daniel Descalso then singled in Holliday. Jaime Garcia came to the plate with Descalso and Schumaker on base and jacked a three-run home run. It was his first career home run.

The Brewers came back with four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Three of those runs came on a home run by Yuniesky Betancourt. The Brewers now led 7-6.

AP Photo/Morry Gash

AP Photo/Morry Gash

The seventh inning is where the controversy began. Rafael Furcal and Jon Jay each singled to start the inning. Then Pujols came up and was hit by a pitch. Matt Holliday grounded into a double play but Furcal came in to score and tie the game 7-7. In the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals retaliated for Pujols being hit by drilling Ryan Braun with a pitch. La Russa later denied it was intentional, saying they were only trying to pitch inside to Braun, if you believe that.

The next bit of controversy happened in the 10th inning. Yadier Molina was called out on strikes on a pitch was pretty clearly inside. He went ballistic, bumping home plate umpire Rob Drake. It was an ugly tirade and there was some question about whether Molina spit on Drake. Molina claimed it was sweat. It looked more like unintentional spit coming out from him yelling in the umpire’s face. This article has video of the incident. Molina was later suspended five games for the incident.

Lost amid the controversy was how good a job the Cardinals’ bullpen was doing. Combined, Cardinals relievers went six innings, allowed zero runs and only three hits. The Brewers’ bullpen matched them zero for zero until the 11th inning, when Holliday hit a two-out single, then improbably stole second base. Lance Berkman drove him in with a single and the Cardinals went on to win 8-7. The Cardinals stood 2.5 games back and improved to 58-52.

Video highlights:

Holliday’s solo shot

Berkman’s RBI single in the 11th

Schukmaker slides in safe at home

Dotel gets strikeout to end the game

In The Minors: Bandits 3, Kernels 2

Kolten Wong led the River Bandits to victory with three hits including a double to lead off the game. He failed to score in the first but he drove in the game’s first run in the top of the third inning on a single. Colin Walsh doubled that inning to put the Bandits up 2-0. Walsh also doubled in a run in the top of the eighth inning for the Bandits’ third run. Ryan Copeland had a very strong start for the Bandits. He went seven innings, allowed one run, seven hits, no walks and had six strikeouts. Randal Grichuk played in this game for the Kernels and went one for four. Here is a link to the box score. The win moved the Bandits to 20 games over .500 at 63-43.

Quad City Times – River Bandits hold off Kernels

Quad-Cities starter Ryan Copeland surrendered seven hits in seven innings, but all of them were singles and none led to a run as the River Bandits eked out a 3-2 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels.

Copeland struck out six and gave up one unearned run to earn his fourth win of the season. He worked into trouble early in the game by giving up four hits in the first two innings, but escaped unscathed each time.

Kolten Wong and Colin Walsh both had three hits and an RBI for the River Bandits. Walsh’s RBI came on an eighth-inning double that scored Jonathan Rodriguez and put the game out of reach for the Kernels.

Jaime Garcia St. Louis Cardinals

August 8, 2015: Cardinals 3, Brewers 0

I took year old son to Milwaukee to visit one of my old friends there and to go to the Cardinals vs Brewers game. I had not been to Miller Park in a few years. It has not changed much except they did install a much larger video board since the last time I was there.

Matt Carpenter led off the game with a home run on a 3-2 count. I had taken my son to some of the kdis things there before the game (batting cages, speed pitch, etc). I had just sat down and did not have all my camera settings adjusted so it did not come in as clear. The Cardinals ended up winning 3-0. It was their 3rd straight shutout, and extended their shutout streak to 36 innings. That streak ended the next day at 39 1/3 innings, in a game the Cardinals lost. Stephen Piscotty drove in the other two runs for the Cardinals.

Matt Carpenter

Carpenter watches his HR in the 1st inning

Matt Carpenter home run

Carpenter does the home run line in the dugout

Jaime Garcia

Jaime Garcia pitched well, throwing 7 shutout innings

Randal Grichuk

Grichuk lining a single

Miller Park

Tons of Cardinal fans were at Miller Park for this game

Owen and I at the game

Owen and I at the game