Haudricourt: 'Momentum just changed so fast' in Brewers Game 1 win over Cardinals

CREATED Oct. 10, 2011

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  • Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Next game: Monday, October 10 vs. St. Louis in NLCS Game Two
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MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers woke up Monday with the advantage in the National League Championship Series after a 9-6 win over the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park.

How did they get there? 

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Brewers beat writer and Newsradio 620 WTMJ "Brewers 360" contributor Tom Haudricourt says the win was truly spawned by back-to-back pitches by Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia in the fifth inning that led to a two-run double by Ryan Braun and a two-run home run by Prince Fielder.

"He hung a slider to Braun and hung another one to Prince," said Haudricourt. 

"Back to back pitches, four runs knocked in on consecutive pitches...that just turned the whole game around, and it turned just as quick as I've ever seen the game turn...boom, boom, the Brewers went back up on top.  Momentum just changed so fast and so hard.  They couldn't get Garcia out of the game until it was too late."

Haudricourt also told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Greg Matzek and Gene Mueller that even though most teams game plan to not give Braun and Fielder good pitches to hit, but it's easier said than done against the MVP candidates.

"You can't always pitch around them, because they are back to back in the lineup.  Every scouting report on the Brewers says 'Don't let Braun and Fielder beat you if you can avoid it,' yet so many teams do, because they're so good.    It's so hard to pitch around two guys in a row."

The game plan to pitch around Braun and Fielder is such that St. Louis is probably very familiar with it, but considering the fact these teams

"There's nobody that they're not familiar with.  They've played 18 times in the regular season."

The big hits allowed Zach Greinke to pitch through a horrible first five innings, where the Cardinals scored five runs, and earn the win.

"It helped them get past just a very average start by Zach Greinke," said Haudricourt. 

"He just leads a charmed life.  They're 17-0 at home when he pitches, and it's not always because he pitches great.  When he doesn't pitch great, they seem to pick him up offensively."

On Monday, the mound matchup involves Brewers hurler Shaun Marcum and the Cardinals' Edwin Jackson.