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.
AUDIO: Ryan Braun on his red hot postseason :07
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.
AUDIO: Shaun Marcum on his game 2 start tonight :14
The Cardinals will counter with Edwin Jackson in game 2 tonight.