It didn't take long for the Milwaukee Brewers to get right back into this National League Championship Series after going down 2 games to 1 on Wednesday. In fact, it only took one day as the Brewers used a dominating pitching performance by Randy Wold to edge out the Cardinals 4-2 and tie the series at 2 games apiece.
Wolf, a 38 year old soft throwing lefty who had never won a playoff game, used his age and experience to his advantage by keeping St. Louis's bats in check for 7 innings. Throwing pitches that often was clocked in the 60's, and yes, that's slow in baseball terms, Wolf avenged a tough loss he had against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the previous series that forced a deciding game 5.
"It was a big feeling just to be back out there again after my last start," said Wolf. "Just to be able to get another opportunity to pitch again was important.
"You know, I'll be honest with you, the day after the Diamondbacks start, I didn't eat or shower that day," he said."
For the Cardinals on Thursday night, hits were hard to come by and producing runs was darn near impossible. They needed solo shots from Matt Holliday and Allen Craig to muster up the two runs they got for the early lead but the patient and methodical Brewers eventually broke through in the 4th, 5th, and 6th to take the lead for good with four runs.
"I think it's classic because playing each other so many times, we're dead even," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. "It comes down to that day, who makes the pitch."
The series shifts back to Milwaukee for game 5 where usually home cooking benefits the home team but these Cardinals have already shown that it does matter where they are at, they can win anywhere.
"We're pretty much the only team that's played pretty well in Milwaukee. Flip the page and hopefully come back to tomorrow. It's a great series. Nobody is going to run away," Cardinals star Albert Pujols said.
Game 5 can be seen tonight at 8:05 pm EST.
American League Playoff Update
The Detroit Tigers refuse to give up and kept the Texas Rangers from clinching their World Series berth with a 7-5 win. Texas will again try to end this series on Saturday night at 8:05 pm est as these two teams go at it in game 6.
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