The Milwaukee Brewers got thoroughly pounded by the St. Louis Cardinals 12-3 in Game 2 to even up the NL Championship Series at one game apiece. The best of 7 series shifts now to St. Louis for the next three games.

To say that Shaun Marcum was a little off would be a huge understatement. The Brewers’ starters have a 7.61 ERA through 7 playoff starts and Marcum himself has gone 7 innings or better only once in his last 6 starts,  suffering an 8.18 ERA during that stretch. He was miserable tonight, having zero command on anything he threw. Cardinals’ star Albert Pujols took advantage early and often against Marcum, belting a 2-run homer in the 1st on a ball left way too high on the plate. Pujols finished with 4 hits and 5 RBIs, carrying the team confidently on his back.

The Brewers made their only attempt at a comeback in the 4th when Rickie Weeks cut the score to 5-2 on his own 2-run shot. Another impactful play with Weeks came in the next inning when a blown call at first base prevented a run from scoring and cut short an inning in which the Brewers could have done more with 2 players on base. “What could have been done” was the theme for the day; the Brewers were atrocious on defense. Nyjer Morgan missed on a few plays in center field, but he wasn’t the only culprit. It was an incredibly lackluster effort for a team overly-hyped after last night’s victory.

The chance to take the series lead is squandered, so now the Crew gets to take it’s show on the road. Yovani Gallardo will start Game 3 on Wednesday following a day off.

 

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