St. Louis Cardinals: Inside the Cards' wild ride to the World Series
St. Louis Cardinals: The Cards beat the Milwaukee Brewers 12-6 on Sunday for the National League Championship Series. How did the team recover from a 10.5 game deficit in just one month?
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St. Louis scored four runs in the first, one in the second and another four in the third inning to seize a 9-4 lead and were never headed as they clinched the series 4-2 and booked their first return to the Fall Classic since winning it in 2006.
Cardinals starting pitcher Edwin Jackson went only two innings, but as they did all series long, their relievers shut the Brewers down to secure the win.
Third baseman David Freese, who belted a three-run blast in the first inning, was named NLCS Most Valuable Player after notching three home runs, nine RBIs and hitting .545.
Freese's homer followed an RBI single by Lance Berkman to put the Cardinals ahead 4-0.
The outburst continued a St. Louis trend as the Cardinals scored first in every game, putting runs on the board four times in the first inning during the series and scoring in the second inning of the other two games.
"They were unbelievable in the first inning," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. "We couldn't get away with anything. We just never had a chance to get into our comfort zone, get into our rhythm. They just didn't let up on us."
The early action felt like a home run derby as six were hit in the first three innings and nine of the first 10 runs came from round-trippers.
Corey Hart homered in the first for Milwaukee, Rafael Furcal matched his solo homer in the second, while in the Brewers' half of the second, Rickie Weeks and Jonathan Lucroy cleared the fences to bring the home team within one at 5-4.