The Milwaukee Brewers won Game 1 of the National League Championship Series by scoring six runs in the fifth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-6 and keep Zach Greinke’s perfect home record intact.
The Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers were rained out in Game 2 of their American League Championship Series yesterday.
The Brewers rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the fifth at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to improve to 17-0 in Greinke’s 17 home starts this season. Ryan Braun drove in four runs, including a two-run double in the fifth, when Prince Fielder and Yuniesky Betancourt each added two-run home runs for the NL Central-champion Brewers.
“It’s a good feeling, because we’re down there for a while, and obviously that doesn’t feel good,” Fielder said at his post-game news conference. “Whenever we come back real quick, it’s a little extra boost.”
Milwaukee, which is back in a league championship series for the first time since 1982, hosts Game 2 of the best-of-seven Major League Baseball matchup today.
The Rangers and Tigers are also scheduled to play today after weather postponed yesterday’s ALCS Game 2 in Arlington, Texas. The Rangers won the opening game 3-2.
The Brewers fell behind 5-2 yesterday as Greinke, their starting pitcher, allowed five runs over the first five innings. David Freese hit a three-run homer, and Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman added run-scoring singles for St. Louis.
Milwaukee rallied in the bottom of the fifth as five of the first six batters had hits off Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garcia and reliever Octavio Dotel.
Fielder’s home run put the Brewers up 6-5 and Betancourt followed two batters later with another two-run homer.
After the Cardinals added a run in the top of the seventh, the Brewers pushed the lead back to three in the bottom of the inning on a run-scoring single by Jonathan Lucroy.
Greinke was the winning pitcher, improving his record to 12-0 at home this season, even though he allowed six runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings. Garcia took the loss for the Cardinals, giving up six runs in four innings.
“You can count on a couple of runs every game for the most part, or at least an opportunity to score a couple of runs,” Greinke said about the Brewers’ offense. “It seems like right now every time it comes to the middle of the lineup there’s an opportunity.”
The Brewers, who ousted the Arizona Diamondbacks in a five-game first-round series, are in the league championship series for the first time since winning the ALCS and then losing to the Cardinals in the World Series 29 years ago.
The Cardinals, who ousted the 102-win Philadelphia Phillies in the opening round, are in the NL Championship Series for the 10th time in franchise history and first since 2006, when they went on to win the World Series.