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Randy Wolf steps up as Brewers even NLCS with 4-2 Game 4 victory over Cardinals

Oct 14, 2011, 12:05 AM EDT

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Just as Wednesday night’s NLCS Game 3 was supposed to be a pitchers’ duel and wasn’t, Game 4 of the NLCS was supposed to be an offensive shootout — filled with fireworks. And it wasn’t.

Yes, the Brewers had 10 hits and the Cardinals had eight. But the story of Thursday night’s game at a packed Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis was the pitching of Brewers left-hander Randy Wolf.

Wolf surrendered a solo home run to Matt Holliday in the second inning that barely creeped over the right field wall, then Allen Craig delivered a shot in the third inning that was more of a no-doubter. But that’s where the damage stopped.

Because of Wolf and the Brewers’ bullpen, the Redbirds did not score another run after the bottom of the third inning and Milwaukee was able to rally back for a crucial 4-2 victory in Game 4 of the NLCS.

Wolf pitched seven solid innings, scattering six hits and fanning six batters while issuing only one walk. He threw 74 of his 107 pitches for strikes and out-dueled St. Louis’ Kyle Lohse, who was yanked in the fifth.

Wolf, a 35-year-old in the twilight of his career, yielded seven runs in just three innings during a disastrous NLDS start against the Diamondbacks. But he rallied back in a big way on Thursday in the Gateway City, and insured that this seven-game series will head back to Miller Park, where the Brewers play so well.

  1. theonlynolan - Oct 14, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    How about them Red Sox!!!

  2. cktai - Oct 14, 2011 at 3:42 AM

    Orlando Yntema steps up as Netherlands reach World Cup final with 4-1 second round victory over Cuba.

    First time that the Dutch have reached the world cup final. Their previous best was a 4th place finish in 2005 and 2007.

  3. proudlycanadian - Oct 14, 2011 at 7:41 AM

    Good for Wolf. A well pitched game.

  4. Jonny 5 - Oct 14, 2011 at 8:06 AM

    This Philly fan is rooting for you Wolf.

    http://mlblogsphilliesballgirls.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/wolfpack.jpg

    • badmamainphilliesjamas - Oct 14, 2011 at 8:52 AM

      Nobody’s complained yet that you’re making this all about the Phillies?!

      Well pitched, Randy!

      • Jonny 5 - Oct 14, 2011 at 9:26 AM

        Nope, this is all about Wolfie. I’ve gone to games and seen him come back and pitch against the Phills twice and he was excellent both times. I thought it was a mistake to let him walk. Although he ended up needing shoulder surgery the next season. The guy is one of the nicest men in the game, even going to the funeral of one of the fans of the Wolf Pack when the man died. Which is a rare thing. I will root for this guy until he’s done. Ya know depending on the opponent and all… :P

  5. nocryinginbaseball07 - Oct 14, 2011 at 8:16 AM

    I don’t think anyone’s topped the shenanigans of the Wolf Pack; choreography and all. Sometimes more fun than the game. Go, Randy!

  6. otis52gsh - Oct 14, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Great bounce back game Mr. Wolf. Huge win for the Brewers.

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