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One Pujols tops Fielder and Braun in Game 2

Posted on: October 10, 2011 11:42 pm
 
MILWAUKEE -- Sledgehammer? Yeah, St. Louis can do sledgehammer. Very well, in fact. One Albert Pujols was more than equal to Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder for the Cardinals in Game 2.

Swinging like a man possessed, Pujols was a one-man wrecking (the Brew) crew. It was as impressive a postseason performance as you'll see as the Cardinals routed Milwaukee 12-3.

He clubbed a two-run homer in the first. Bashed a two-run double in the third. Drilled another RBI double in the fifth. Doubled and scored in the seventh.

He became only the fourth hitter ever with four extra-base hits in a postseason game, following the Yankees' Hideki Matsui (2004 ALCS), the Pirates' Bob Robertson (1971 NLCS) and the White Sox's Frank Isbell (1906 World Series).

That's one way to quiet the Brewers: Send them scurrying to the history books to look up Frank Freakin' Isbell.

However this plays out for the Cardinals, they're down to the final few games of 2011 -- and what might be the final few games for Pujols in a Redbirds uniform. If he does head elsewhere, he's leaving one whale of a parting gift.

From third base in the fifth, he raced home on a Marco Estrada wild pitch that really didn't scoot that far behind catcher Jonathan Lucroy. No matter. The zeal and determination with which Pujols played Game 2 was breathtaking.

One of the rarest things in all of sports is to see one man completely take over a baseball game. Pujols didn't just take this one over, he devoured it whole.

Now the NLCS heads back to St. Louis tied at 1-1 with Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter in the blocks to start Game 3. Momentum swings dramatically with each postseason win or loss, and right now it's all St. Louis.

The Cardinals are no longer facing the Phillies' pitching staff. Milwaukee starter Shaun Marcum, again, was dreadful. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is going to have a dilemma if the Brewers find themselves in a must-win situation in Game 6.

Marcum now has served up 30 earned runs and 46 hits in 33 innings pitched over his past six starts. Once the calculater stops smoking, it reveals an 8.18 ERA. His location is not sharp, his fastball is dull, his command isn't there.

The Brewers lost only 24 games in Miller Park all season. Marcum started 11 of them. And by the time St. Louis finished batting in the first, it was clear the trend was going to continue.
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:49 am
 

One Pujols tops Fielder and Braun in Game 2

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Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:42 am
 

One Pujols tops Fielder and Braun in Game 2

might be the final few games for Pujols in a Redbirds uniform
why is something along the lines of this mentioned in every article about the Cardinals or Albert Pujols. Okay, the world is aware of his impending free agency, the world is also aware of his love for the city, his loyalty to the franchise, and his realization about the fact that there is a contender built around him. What other perennial contenders need a first basemen as well? Not Yanks, Red Sox, Reds, Tigers, Phillies..clubs that do cannot afford him. Look, leaving after a WS, if it did occur, is like the stupidest thing ever. Thats like saying "We did it, but I want more of a challenge" no, he wants to win, and he's going to do it in a city he loves and loves him back. He will never be a Cub, he will never be playing in California, for all you Dodger or Giant hopefuls, he is a Redbird for life, nuff said.

  



Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 5:59 pm
 

One Pujols tops Fielder and Braun in Game 2

Its not about Albert having nothing to owe to St louis, you really know not much about what hes done for the city as well how much money hes raised for fundraisers, hes a good guy, he wants to stay but if the moneys not right who would stay. He doesn't owe St louis anything now if he wanted out he could've gotten out. Hes done so much for the city we are proud of him no matter what we love him. You make him sound like a greedy pig, thats simply not it, look how much hes given back. I say he'll stay and as for you brewers fan, goodluck in game 3.



Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 9:31 am
 

One Pujols tops Fielder and Braun in Game 2

No chance xris - you never hope for a playoff out, do you?  For what?  The promise of a "chance" that they may get here again w/ Pujols?  Take the ring and run I think!  But what do I know...I'm just a silly Brewers fan.



Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2011 1:32 am
 

One Pujols tops Fielder and Braun in Game 2

Here's an interesting question to ponder: If the Cardinals go on to win the World Series this year, how does that affect that chances that Pujols stays in St. Lous? Does that make it more difficult for him to leave? Does it close the chapter the way he would want to reward the franchise before he leaves? Personally, I think if the Card win the title then Pujols is as good as gone. He'll be able to leave having been the best player on two title winning teams during his tenure and not have to feel bad about collecting the biggest pay cheque possible. The Cardinals obviously would love to keep him, but if he delivers a second title, they don't owe their fan base in the same way that they would if they fall short this year. 

Sounds crazy, but is there a reason for Cards fans to hope they lose in the playoffs this year? ..... Maybe? 



Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 11, 2011 12:25 am
 

One Pujols tops Fielder and Braun in Game 2

Looks like the Brew fans finally see what the Phillies fans see shock and awe. Get used to it too many people count us out. and thats one mistake guess what, our squirrels are waiting in game 3.


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