The Milwaukee Brewers fell behind 5-2 yesterday and Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia looked like he was cruising along. Then came the home half of the 5th inning.
The Brewers erupted for 6-runs in the 5th inning, including a pair of two run homers from Prince Fielder and Yuniesky Betancourt to jump in front 8-5 and go on to a 9-6 victory in the National League Championship Series opener.
Ryan Braun also added two more hits, including a 2-run homer in the bottom of the first. Braun also clubbed a two-run double in the fifth and is hitting .500 (11 for 22) this postseason with five doubles and two home runs.
Zach Greinke picked up the win, despite giving up 6-runs in 6-innings of work. Greinke allowed 8 hits and 6-earned runs while walking 2 and striking out 6. Greinke didn’t have great stuff, but the simple fact that he was the game 1 starter was good news for the Brewers. Milwaukee is now 17-0 in games that Greinke starts at Miller Park.
Greinke will get another start in the series. It’ll come in game 5 in St. Louis.
Game 2 of the series is tonight. Shaun Marcum, who struggled in the National League Division Series, gets the nod for the Brewers, hoping he’ll pitch better.
The Cardinals will counter with Edwin Jackson in game 2 tonight.