NLCS Game Two At A Glance

Sometimes a team just needs a big, dominating win to add to their own confidence and to cut into the obnoxious over confidence of their opponent. That’s what I was hoping for tonight in game two at Miller Park.

Ask and ye shall receive!

A 12-3 victory sends the Cards home "happy" once again!

The Cardinals, facing Shaun Marcum, got it going early with a much-needed Albert Pujols two-run homer, and the Brew Crew couldn’t ever stop the bleeding.

Albert had a 4-for-5 night, and was responsible for 5 of the 12 (yes, 12!) runs batted in. But he wasn’t alone.

Jay, Pujols, Holliday, Berkman, Molina, Freese and Jackson all scored, while piling up 17 hits. Nine different Cardinals knocked hits against the Milwaukee pitching staff, backing Edwin Jackson who wasn’t quite at his best.

In his defense, he seemed to be on a shorter leash than normal, perhaps because of how La Russa got burned by leaving Garcia in last night. But his 4.1 innings was enough. The bullpen held serve and, in fact, Lance Lynn — on the roster after spending time on the disabled list — came in with the bases loaded and one out, threw one pitch and got Rickie Weeks to ground into a double play. (Now, it was a questionable call, but not the first of the night. It just happened to work for the Redbirds instead of against them.)

Oh, and Lynn’s one-pitch outing earned a win.

We’ve been waiting on a big Albert Pujols game. Check.

We’ve needed to see how the bullpen would handle the offense from the Brew Crew. Check.

And we really wanted to silence the “beast mode” with some beastliness of our own. Um, check and check.

We may have even found a motion to combat the beast gesture. I’m not entirely sure what it was, but Yadier Molina pulled it off more than once. It seemed to me that he was mimicking a baby rubbing its crying eyes. Cry babies? Interesting comeback. But whatever provided that inspiration or determination to beat the Crew at home, I’ll take it!

Tonight’s 12-3 win extends the getaway day streak and ensures one more “happy flight” back to St. Louis.

Check back with Aaron Miles’ Fastball in the morning for all the glorious details and highlights from tonight’s win.

12 thoughts on “NLCS Game Two At A Glance

  1. I think the crying gesture is a poke at Nyjer Morgan, who, as we all know, tweeted insults at the cards. Nyjer referred to them as “those crying birds” and called Pujols “Alberta”.

    I don’t really approve of the taunting. It just gives the brewers motivation to strike back.

    • Part of me agrees that the Cards really should have been bigger than that, to leave any sort of poking of the bear alone.

      There’s a significant part of me, though, that thinks the Brewers reaped what they sowed and it was pretty awesome of Molina to poke them like that in a fairly creative way.

      I’ll get back to you when I figure out which side I’m going to land on.

      • I have noticed a few of the Cardinals — Yadi being one, Nick Punto being another — making some kind of gesture when they get on base even before the NLCS. It’s always really quick, so I’ve not gotten a very clear look at it before like I did last night. But I don’t know if it’s really taunting the Brewers, whatever it is. Maybe it is. Every team seems to have their “thing” now, though. Look at the Rangers, and the Diamondbacks, in addition to the Brewers.

        And, like Daniel said, the Brewers reap what they sow. Make a big production over the littlest of things, as they do, it also can come back to bite you.

        • Generally speaking, I am all about “keeping it classy.” That usually means I wouldn’t be ok with the gesture. However, two things make this okay in my mind. First, unlike the stupid beastmode thing, it doesn’t appear to be something done to ignite the crowd, nor is it done towards the other team’s bench, etc. If it stays “inside,” I won’t mind it.

          The other thing is, I guess I feel like it doesn’t matter what the Cardinals do — the Brewers are cocky enough to feel incinsible. I don’t know that it will cause any more drama because this team lashes out and reacts and calls people out regardless of the validity of it. Basically, I think the Brewers are going to be ridiculous and arrogant no matter what the Cardinals do.

          So as long as it stays like it is, I say go for it. The Brewers aren’t the only team having fun these days.

          • I will admit, first off, that I live in Milwaukee and I am a Brewers fan. However, I too am a fan of classy baseball, and I do not condone many of the Brewers’ actions. Not only is it in poor taste, but the last thing anyone needs is to rally the competition.
            However, I am going to disagree with most of your comments above. “Beast Mode,” like it or hate it, is an internal rally cry within the Brewers clubhouse, and not once have I seen the gesture been made towards the opposition, because that would have no purpose anyway. Is it a bit cocky? Perhaps, but it has really helped the team to unite and gel, and at home, it has ignited the crowd. Molina, on the other hand, specifically made the crying motion multiple times last night (and yes, it was towards the Brewers bench, I was there). Not that Nyjer didn’t deserve some retribution for his “cryin’ birds” comment, but that reaction on the field of play was equally classless, so the Cards are now kind of like the pot calling the kettle black.
            Look, all teams have the right to have fun. Arrogance and ridiculousness are a matter of perspective, and there’s a lot about LaRussa’s actions in the past couple of years that even impartial fans of the game have noted as being highly arrogant. He’s a brilliant manager, the Cards are a very good team. As fans of opposite teams we probably won’t ever fully agree, but let’s be a bit more self-reflective about our own actions when pointing the finger at the other.

            • I imagine perspective has a lot to do with opinions on this topic. A Cardinals fan isn’t going to like the Brewers’ antics, but likewise, a Brewers fan won’t think highly about the Cardinals. To me, the actions are different. But there is the possibility that one has just been picked up by the media and the other hasn’t. We’ve all seen the craziness that can come when national outlets pick up on the rally squirrel, so perhaps the Beast Mode stuff is being fueled by the attention it is garnering outside the Brewers organization.

              Ultimately, any kind of rallying cry is going to resonate strongly with supporters and rub the opposition the wrong way. But what would sports be without a little tension, huh? To easy his own as far as what is or isn’t okay. But either way, this series is stressful for me! Ha.

  2. I think the crying gesture is a poke at Nyjer Morgan, who, as we all know, tweeted insults at the cards. Nyjer referred to them as “those crying birds” and called Pujols “Alberta”.

    I don’t really approve of the taunting. It just gives the brewers motivation to strike back.

    • Part of me agrees that the Cards really should have been bigger than that, to leave any sort of poking of the bear alone.

      There’s a significant part of me, though, that thinks the Brewers reaped what they sowed and it was pretty awesome of Molina to poke them like that in a fairly creative way.

      I’ll get back to you when I figure out which side I’m going to land on.

      • I have noticed a few of the Cardinals — Yadi being one, Nick Punto being another — making some kind of gesture when they get on base even before the NLCS. It’s always really quick, so I’ve not gotten a very clear look at it before like I did last night. But I don’t know if it’s really taunting the Brewers, whatever it is. Maybe it is. Every team seems to have their “thing” now, though. Look at the Rangers, and the Diamondbacks, in addition to the Brewers.

        And, like Daniel said, the Brewers reap what they sow. Make a big production over the littlest of things, as they do, it also can come back to bite you.

        • Generally speaking, I am all about “keeping it classy.” That usually means I wouldn’t be ok with the gesture. However, two things make this okay in my mind. First, unlike the stupid beastmode thing, it doesn’t appear to be something done to ignite the crowd, nor is it done towards the other team’s bench, etc. If it stays “inside,” I won’t mind it.

          The other thing is, I guess I feel like it doesn’t matter what the Cardinals do — the Brewers are cocky enough to feel incinsible. I don’t know that it will cause any more drama because this team lashes out and reacts and calls people out regardless of the validity of it. Basically, I think the Brewers are going to be ridiculous and arrogant no matter what the Cardinals do.

          So as long as it stays like it is, I say go for it. The Brewers aren’t the only team having fun these days.

          • I will admit, first off, that I live in Milwaukee and I am a Brewers fan. However, I too am a fan of classy baseball, and I do not condone many of the Brewers’ actions. Not only is it in poor taste, but the last thing anyone needs is to rally the competition.
            However, I am going to disagree with most of your comments above. “Beast Mode,” like it or hate it, is an internal rally cry within the Brewers clubhouse, and not once have I seen the gesture been made towards the opposition, because that would have no purpose anyway. Is it a bit cocky? Perhaps, but it has really helped the team to unite and gel, and at home, it has ignited the crowd. Molina, on the other hand, specifically made the crying motion multiple times last night (and yes, it was towards the Brewers bench, I was there). Not that Nyjer didn’t deserve some retribution for his “cryin’ birds” comment, but that reaction on the field of play was equally classless, so the Cards are now kind of like the pot calling the kettle black.
            Look, all teams have the right to have fun. Arrogance and ridiculousness are a matter of perspective, and there’s a lot about LaRussa’s actions in the past couple of years that even impartial fans of the game have noted as being highly arrogant. He’s a brilliant manager, the Cards are a very good team. As fans of opposite teams we probably won’t ever fully agree, but let’s be a bit more self-reflective about our own actions when pointing the finger at the other.

            • I imagine perspective has a lot to do with opinions on this topic. A Cardinals fan isn’t going to like the Brewers’ antics, but likewise, a Brewers fan won’t think highly about the Cardinals. To me, the actions are different. But there is the possibility that one has just been picked up by the media and the other hasn’t. We’ve all seen the craziness that can come when national outlets pick up on the rally squirrel, so perhaps the Beast Mode stuff is being fueled by the attention it is garnering outside the Brewers organization.

              Ultimately, any kind of rallying cry is going to resonate strongly with supporters and rub the opposition the wrong way. But what would sports be without a little tension, huh? To easy his own as far as what is or isn’t okay. But either way, this series is stressful for me! Ha.

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