The Brewers got pounded by the Cardinals 12-3 in Game 2 of the NLCS to even up the series to one game apiece. The best of 7 series will now shift now to St. Louis for the next three games as the Brewers take their game on the road.
So what went wrong? Suffice it to say that Shaun Marcum was a little off, and it begs the question as to why another pitcher wasn’t rotated in before the damage was done…
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. He was miserable, and had absolutely NO command on anything he threw. In this mode it was no surprise that Albert Pujols took advantage of Marcum, belting a 2-run homer in the 1st, and finishing with 4 hits and 5 RBIs.
Unfortunately the Brewers’ only attempt at a comeback came in the fourth inning when Rickie Weeks belted a 2-run homer to left field. A impactful play with Weeks came in the fifth inning when a terrible call at first base prevented a run from scoring, cutting short an inning in which the Brewers could have done more with 2 players on base. Nyjer Morgan missed a few plays in center field, but he wasn’t the only player who was down on his luck. It was an incredibly lackluster effort for a team overly-hyped after last night’s victory.
The Brewers’ opportunity to take the series lead has been snuffed, so now they take the show on the road, with Yovani Gallardo starting on Wednesday’s game in St. Louis.