The Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals punched their tickets Friday night to the National League Championship Series. The Brewers beat the Diamondbacks at home, while the Cardinals defeated the Phillies in Philadelphia. Both series came down to game five.
Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers:
Game five was at a sold-out Miller Park in Milwaukee, included a first pitch by Commissioner Bud Selig and turned out to be the Nyjer Morgan show. Tony Plush anyone? Arizona got on the board first in the top of the third courtesy of a Justin Upton solo home run to right field.
The Brewers answered in the bottom of the fourth when Nyjer Morgan led the inning off with a double to deep right, and later went to third on a wild pitch by Ian Kennedy. Morgan scored when Jerry Hairston hit a sacrifice fly to second. The Brewers later took the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Rafael Betancourt singled in Ryan Braun.
John Axford was on the mound for the Brewers in the 9th looking for a save that he could not get. Willie Bloomquist reached first on a bunt single that scored Gerardo Parra. The score was tied and it took extra innings for the Brewers to close out the Diamondbacks.
In the bottom of the 10th Chris Gomez started the inning for the Brewers off of J.J. Putz with a single to left and later stole second base. With one out, Nyjer Morgan stepped to the plate and delivered with a single to center field. The Brewers are headed to the NLCS for the first time in 29 years.
Game 1: Saturday, October 1st, Miller Park – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Arizona 1, Milwaukee 4
(WP: Gallardo) (LP: Kennedy) (SV: Axford)
Game 2: Sunday, October 2nd, Miller Park – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Arizona 4, Milwaukee 9
(WP: Saito) (LP: Hudson)
Game 3: Tuesday, October 4th, Chase Field – Phoenix, Arizona
Milwaukee 1, Arizona 8
(WP: Collmenter) (LP: Marcum)
Game 4: Wednesday, October 5th, Chase Field – Phoenix, Arizona
Milwaukee 6, Arizona 10
(WP: Owings) (LP: Wolf)
Game 5: Friday, October 7th, Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Arizona 2, Milwaukee 3
(WP: Axford) (LP: Putz)
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies:
The story of this game is exactly what it should have been… pitching. Cris Carpenter was on the mound for the Cardinals facing Roy Halladay of the Phillies. Two of the greatest pitchers in baseball who are not only professionals, but friends off the field.
As expected, the scoring was low. The Cardinals scored their first and only run of the game in the top of the first. Rafael Furcal led off the game with a triple to right center field. Skip Schumaker quickly doubled to right and drove in Furcal. As far as runs go, that is all she wrote! The Phillies season came to an end in the bottom of the ninth inning when Ryan Howard grounded out to second. On the play, Howard injured his left Achilles. As of right now the severity of the injury is unknown.
Roy Halladay went eight strong inning for the Phillies and only gave up the one run. Cris Carpenter was lights out for the Cardinals, throwing a three-hit complete game shout-out. It is the 13th shut-out for the Cardinals in postseason history.
Game 1: Saturday, October 1st, Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
St. Louis 6, Philadelphia 11
(WP: Halladay) (LP: Lohse)
Game 2: Sunday, October 2nd, Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
St. Louis 5, Philadelphia 4
(WP: Dotel) (LP: Lee)
Game 3: Tuesday, October 4th, Busch Stadium – St. Louis, Missouri
Philadelphia 3, St. Louis 2
(WP: Hamels) (LP: Garcia) (SV: Madson)
Game 4: Wednesday, October 5th, Busch Stadium – St. Louis, Missouri
Philadelphia 3, St. Louis 5
(WP: Jackson) (LP: Oswalt) (SV: Motte)
Game 5: Friday, October 7th, Citizens Bank Park – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
St. Louis 1, Philadelphia 0
(WP: Carpenter) (LP: Halladay)
The National League Championship Series gets underway Sunday in Milwaukee. It is sure to be a good one as Kyle Lohse takes the mound for the Cardinals, and Zack Grienke will be on the hill for the Brewers.
The Good in Sports congratulates the Milwaukee Brewers and the St. Louis Cardinals for advancing to the National Championship Series and wishes them the best of luck.
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