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NLCS Game 5 Live Blog: Brewers vs. Cardinals

Oct 14, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

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11:15: It’s all over, as Craig Counsell pops out to Daniel Descalso at third base for the final out of the ballgame. The Cardinals win 7-1 and take a 3-2 lead in the NLCS. The series will resume Sunday in Milwaukee.

11:14: A little confusion in shallow left center, but Jon Jay catches a pop fly off the bat of Taylor Green for the second out.

11:12: “First ball swinging Yuni Betancourt” – Ah, everything is back to normal. Betancourt flies out to center field. One away.

11:07: Matt Holliday knocks in two runs with a double to left, extending the Cardinals’ lead to 7-1. They are three outs away from a 3-2 lead in the series.

11:02: Marco Estrada commits the Brewers’ fourth error of the game on a pickoff attempt at first base. Jon Jay ends up at second base on the errant throw.

10:58: Things are looking good for St. Louis at the moment, but this could potentially be Albert Pujols‘ last home at-bat as a member of the Cardinals. Crowd gives him a nice hand.

10:52: Rickie Weeks grounds out to end the top of the eighth inning. Another scoring opportunity turned aside by the Cardinals’ bullpen.

10:48: Rzepczynski gets Fielder swinging for the second out. Huge out. Closer Jason Motte is coming in to face Rickie Weeks.

10:43: Braun grounds into a force out, as Rafael Furcal made an awkward play to cut down Hairston at second base. Marc Rzepczynski (no idea if I’m spelling that right) will come in to face Prince Fielder with runners at the corners.

10:40: Things are getting interesting here in the top of the eighth, as Lance Lynn walks Hairston. Runners on first and second with nobody out for Ryan Braun.

10:38: Corey Hart reaches with a leadoff single, his third hit of the night.

10:34: Lynn works the count full, but strikes out looking for the final out of the inning. It’s 5-1 Cardinals as we move to the top of the eighth inning.

10:31: After Kameron Loe induced a double play ground ball, he allowed a single to Yadier Molina and walked Nick Punto. Two away for Lance Lynn. Interesting that La Russa sticks with him as they have a chance to tack on some insurance runs, but everything he touches is turning to gold tonight.

10:23: Nyjer Morgan grounds into an inning-ending double play, much to the delight of the Busch Stadium faithful.

10:15: Chris Narveson, who replaced Greinke, just got Lance Berkman to ground out for the final out of the sixth. Didn’t see a replay, but it looked like Prince Fielder may have taken his foot off the first base bag before he caught the throw from Jerry Hairston, Jr. Anyway, it’s 5-1 Cardinals entering the seventh.

10:11: Pujols capitalizes on the error by Betancourt, delivering an RBI single to give the Cardinals a 5-1 lead. Greinke is done.

Greinke didn’t pitch well — in fact, he failed to strike out any of the 30 batters he faced tonight — but his defense didn’t do him any favors, either.

10:08: After a two-out double by Rafael Furcal, Yuniesky Betancourt boots a ground ball for the Brewers’ third error of the game. Two on for Albert Pujols. Yeesh.

10:01: Octavio Dotel, who struck out Braun to end the fifth inning, retires the Brewers in order in the top of the sixth.

9:54: Greinke wiggles his way out of the bases loaded jam, getting Molina to fly out to center fielder Carlos Gomez for the final out of the inning. The score remains 4-1 in favor of the Cardinals as we move to the sixth.

9:51: Freese walks, loading the bases for Yadier Molina. Greinke is on the ropes here as pitching coach Rick Kranitz visits the mound and Kameron Loe gets loose in the bullpen.

9:48: Yuniesky Betancourt saves a run with a diving stop, but is unable to get Matt Holliday at first base. First and third with two out for David Freese.

9:43: Rickie Weeks is charged with an error after making a horrible throw on a ground ball off the bat off Albert Pujols, who advances to second base on the play.

9:38: La Russa does it again. Dotel gets Braun swinging to end the top of the fifth as the Cards keep the Brewers off the board.

9:32: Quick hook, as Garcia is done after 4 2/3 innings. Dotel will pitch against Braun. La Russa’d.

9:31: Hairston follows with a single to left. Two on and two out for Ryan Braun while Octavio Dotel throws in the bullpen for St. Louis.

9:29: Hart gets the Brewers on the board with an RBI single to left. It’s now 4-1 Cardinals.

9:25: Greinke bunts Jonathan Lucroy over to second base. Two away for Corey Hart.

9:19: Carlos Gomez saves a run with a diving catch in center field, robbing Rafael Furcal of a hit. It’s 4-0 Cardinals as we move to the fifth in St. Louis.

9:16: And it works out. Garcia hit a ground ball to Yuniesky Betancourt, but he had no shot to cut down David Freese at home plate. Garcia gives the Cardinals a 4-0 lead with the RBI groundout.

9:14: You don’t see this often. The eighth place hitter Nick Punto bunts the runners over for the pitcher Jaime Garcia. Interesting choice by Tony La Russa.

9:13: Yadier Molina dumps a single off Rickie Weeks’ glove in shallow center field. Runners on first and second with nobody out for Nick Punto.

9:11: David Freese just keeps hitting. After getting hit by a pitch in the bottom of the second inning, he just lined a single to right field to lead off the bottom of the fourth.

9:07: Garcia sits the Brewers down in order in the top of the fourth.

9:05: Big, orange and fall of hot air = Boog Sciambi. Burn, John Smoltz. Burn.

9:02: Greinke works around a walk to Albert Pujols to pitch a scoreless third. It’s 3-0 Cardinals as we move to the top of the fourth.

8:56: Rafael Betancourt follows Albert Pujols with a fine over the shoulder catch of his own. Of course he does.

8:54: Albert Pujols makes a fantastic over the shoulder grab on a foul ball along the first base line to end the threat. This guy is good at baseball.

8:52: Hairston strikes out swinging. Two away for Ryan Braun. Does he get anything to hit here?

8:50: Corey Hart singles, moving Greinke over to third base. Here comes Jerry Hairston Jr. with a chance to redeem himself.

8:47: Zack Greinke reaches with a one-out single. Didn’t see a beastmode this time.

8:43: Furcal grounds out for the final out of the bottom of the second inning, but the Cardinals put a three-spot on the board.

8:41: Oh boy. Garcia hits one right between the legs of Hairston, scoring two runs. It’s now 3-0 Cardinals. After the play, a frustrated Greinke threw the baseball into the ground and it came up and hit him in the neck. Garcia remained at first base, however.

8:40: Jerry Hairston Jr. just robbed Nick Putno of an RBI single with a diving stop at third base. Two away for Jamie Garcia.

8:37: Molina drives one just over the outstretched glove of Corey Hart for an RBI double. He narrowly missed a three-run homer. It’s now 1-0 Cards with runners on second and third for Nick Punto.

8:35: Greinke hits the hot-hitting David Freese. Runners on first and second with one out for Yadier Molina.

8:33: Berkman, who didn’t start Game 4, hits a leadoff single against Greinke in the bottom of the second inning. First hit of the night for the Cards.

8:28: Gomez was on the move and got picked off by Jamie Garcia to end the top of the second inning. He was 16-for-18 in stolen base attempts during the regular season.

8:25: Carlos Gomez, who is making the start in center field against the southpaw, dunks a two-out single into left field.

8:19: Albert Pujols hit a ground ball right up the middle, but the Brewers had him positioned perfectly. Zack Greinke retires the Cardinals in order in the bottom of the first.

8:16: Rafael Furcal lines out to Corey Hart in right field for the first out in the bottom of the first.

8:13: Garcia fans Prince Fielder for the final out in the top of the first inning, stranding Braun at second base.

8:10: Ryan Braun smacks a two-out double down the third base line. He is now batting .486 (17-for-35) during the postseason.

8:07: Garcia strikes out Hart swinging to get us started.

8:06: And we’re off! Jaime Garcia delivers a first-pitch strike to Corey Hart.

7:45 p.m. ET: The Brewers and Cardinals are all tied up at 2-2 going into Game 5 of the NLCS tonight at Busch Stadium. We’ll have it all covered in a live blog, beginning right around first-pitch at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Here are tonight’s lineups, as mentioned by Aaron earlier this afternoon:

MILWAUKEE BREWERS ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

1. Corey Hart, RF               1. Rafael Furcal, SS
2. Jerry Hairston, 3B           2. Jon Jay, CF
3. Ryan Braun, LF               3. Albert Pujols, 1B
4. Prince Fielder, 1B           4. Lance Berkman, RF
5. Rickie Weeks, 2B             5. Matt Holliday, LF
6. Yuniesky Betancourt, SS      6. David Freese, 3B
7. Carlos Gomez, CF             7. Yadier Molina, C
8. Jonathan Lucroy, C           8. Nick Punto, 2B

SP Zack Greinke, RHP            SP Jaime Garcia, LHP

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166 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    Wow, he hung that slider…he hung that slider. Braun somehow swings through it.

  2. bigxrob - Oct 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    A st Louis starter has yet to throw 90pitches in a start in this series. Amazing.

  3. natstowngreg - Oct 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

    Bet Albert would have caught that throw.

  4. cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 9:44 PM

    What the hell are the Brewers doing in the field? They STINK!

  5. cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    That Betancourt guy is pretty good (typed that with a straight face, too)

  6. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 9:50 PM

    How was that a strike. It was 3.5 inches off the plate.

    • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 9:53 PM

      Where’s the strike zone indicator anyways? I’d grown used to that thing. The umpire seems to be all over the place with the zone

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 9:55 PM

        Umm, I have the strike zone indicator on my broadcast….unfortunately.

      • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:13 PM

        I wonder why I don’t have it? Anti Canadian bias probably…

  7. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    Wow…not to beat a dead horse but this Brewer defense is atrocious. Shocking.

    • okwhitefalcon - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:11 PM

      Yep, not good at all.

      And Albert just made them pay…again.

  8. cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:09 PM

    Grieneke seems to have settled down. I’d like to know what the Card’s pitching coach did to Dotel; he was pretty much ineffective when he was with the Jays. Now he can throw 95 and locate…oh fer dog’s sake! Yunesky looked so good for a play or 2 and then he just BOOTS the easy put out. No wonder Grieneke looks like he suck lemons all the time…

  9. cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:23 PM

    I can’t believe I’m typing this, but TLR made a real good decision going to Dotel. Sweet GIDP by Nyjer.

    • okwhitefalcon - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:37 PM

      Yep, like him or not – the guy’s been pressing all the right buttons.

      I’m a die hard Cards fan but a realistic Cards fan, this team has no business doing what they’ve done – it’s beyond me how they’ve got this far.

      At least their run has silenced the cries of bloody murder regarding Tony Rasmus’ sons exile.

  10. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:25 PM

    Yeah, the St.Louis bullpen has been incredible this post season.

  11. natstowngreg - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:29 PM

    Brewers turn DP without incident.

  12. cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    Yaddi, like a stud…

    • lukeslice - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM

      BOSS!

  13. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:32 PM

    Whoa, whoa….TLR has a relief pitcher hitting in the 7th inning? Most shocking development of the series.

  14. cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    Pitcher just stood there and took pitches; this is why the DH (excepting DH’s name “Posada” or “Dunn”) are way better to watch than pitchers.

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:38 PM

      You can keep your DH ball.

      • okwhitefalcon - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:46 PM

        Amen to that, what’s next in the Junior Circuit – a 4th outfielder?

        I digress..

        Scrabble into face Fielder, this is quite uncomfortable.

      • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:51 PM

        Oh yeah, because I want to see a guy with the batting ability of my grandfather get up there with bat, right. Mind you, gramps was pretty good with a hay fork; spitted a bush pig that was killing one of the dogs with one. Bet he couldn’t bat worth a lick, though, just like an MLB pitcher…

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:55 PM

        It’s not real baseball….if you are in the field you should be in the batting order. No question. So, we get some slovenly fat ass who is told old or slow to actually play the game batting. No thanks. Plus, it adds strategy to the game.

      • badmamainphilliesjamas - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM

        I’ll take the strategy over the extra hits any day.

        DH isn’t going away, though . . . semi-retirement plan for aging sluggers.

  15. okwhitefalcon - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:40 PM

    Lynn’s hit his wall…not good.

    • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:44 PM

      TLR now doing what TLR does…new picther on the way

  16. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    What lefty is coming in, I didn’t see? Rhodes or the guy with the long, funny name?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:45 PM

      Question answered.

    • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:46 PM

      You mean “Scrabble”. That guys a triple word score, I think. I hope its him…

      • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:48 PM

        Scrabble gets Fielder…

      • okwhitefalcon - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:51 PM

        Scrabble’s already contributed more in his short time with the Cards than Tony Rasmus’ son did.

        Nice work.

      • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:58 PM

        You saying Alex Anthopolous got burned on that deal, Blanco-Falco? The TLR was right? Egad, that’s just unthinkable…

      • okwhitefalcon - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:08 PM

        I wouldn’t say “burned” just yet, it’s obviously worked out for the Cards thus far.

        Colby’s act will wear thin in Toronto sooner than later, that’s an organization on the rise that already seems frustrated with his lack of coachability.

  17. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Motte coming in for the 4 out save.

  18. cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    Pujols strikes out, now Fat Elvis Berkman strides in…he needs to shave that grizzled looking beard. He looks like he sleeps under a bridge.

    • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:03 PM

      More craptasick D by the Brewers. . .Estrada, WTF?

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:05 PM

        Fat ass Fielder didn’t do him any favors. He couldn’t move his massive gut fast enough to change directions.

      • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:09 PM

        When he’s a Blue Jay I shall take umbrage at those words, but until then, I totally agree…

      • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM

        What you guys need a left handed 1B??? Umm, how would you like a guy that averages 45 HR and 136 RBI per 162? Coming off a little bit of an injury and might have a high salary….come on, what do you say?

  19. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    What is up with this umps strike zone? It is horrible.

    • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:11 PM

      Consistently horrible though. Neither team’s been victimized more than the other. This is of course my impression. I bet if we asked Tony he’d have a slightly different take…

  20. drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:09 PM

    The Cards seem to have this game well in hand.

    • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:12 PM

      One out…

  21. badmamainphilliesjamas - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    What’s the record for errors in a postseason game?

    • cur68 - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:16 PM

      We might have just seen it…

    • drmonkeyarmy - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:24 PM

      5

  22. okwhitefalcon - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    1 win away from the World Series for this bunch, unbelievable.

    I guess TLR does know a thing or 2, huh?

    • paperlions - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:20 PM

      It isn’t about the manager, it should never be about the manager. The players are playing great….as with September, that is the story, they are winning because the players are executing, no other reason.

      Also….woooooooooO!

      • okwhitefalcon - Oct 14, 2011 at 11:34 PM

        I didn’t say it was about the manager, I said he knows a thing or 2.

        All involved have done great jobs on this run – praise given where praise is do.

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  24. loweredpimp - Oct 20, 2011 at 6:41 AM

    Hairston’s determined to make up for that ball’s-up he pulled; was pressing for sure. Too anxious and Garcia pwned him..
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