Saturday, October 8, 2011

Brewers and Cardinals Advance to NLCS

Both National League teams advanced in the playoffs in dramatic fashion yesterday. For the Phillies, the dream is over. After a 102-60 season, the best pitching rotation in baseball history, and facing a 90-72 team who had just barely made the playoffs. Nobody expected it to go to a Game 5, but it did. Last night, it was Chris Carpenter. Carpenter silenced the Phillies' bats and season with a complete game shutout, allowing only 3 hits and striking out 3. Roy Halladay almost did the same, but in the 1st inning, a leadoff triple by Rafael Furcal was followed by an RBI double by Skip Schumaker. Meanwhile, in Milwaukee.. The Diamondbacks took off to an early lead as Justin Upton homered in the 3rd inning. The Brewers quickly tied up the game, however, as Nyjer Morgan (left) scored on a sacrifice fly. The Brewers took a lead in the 6th, as Yuniesky Betancourt singled in Ryan Braun. It stayed that way until the 9th, when the D-Backs dramatically tied it with an RBI single by Willie Bloomquist. In the 10th, things happened, though. Carlos Gomez singled and stole second with one out. Nyjer Morgan knocked a hard grounder through the diving infielders and Gomez rushed home to advance the Brewers to the NLCS.

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