Tony LaRussa and St. Louis Cardinals relied on their bats to clinch another World Series spot. The wildcard Cards outslug the NL Central Champs Milawaukee Brewers, 12-6, in Game 6 of the 2011 National League Championship Series (NLCS) in Miller Park, Milwaukee. The game was between the best hitting team in the NL (Cards) and the best home run team (Brewers). The Cardinals showed the Brewers that they can hit out of the park was well.
Game 6 featured 6 home runs in the first 3 innings, 3 for each team. The Cards though scattered 14 hits, twice more than the Brewers can produce. In the game, the Cards batted .368 against the 7 Brewer pitchers who came to the mound. David Freese, NLCS MVP, had 3 hits to raise his series average to .545. He hit .297 in the regular season. LaRussa again depended on his bullpen that pitched 7 of 9 innings of the game. All in all, the legendary manager made 26 pitching changes in the series.
The Cards will have the home field advantage in the World Series owing to the Prince Fielder homer that clinched the All-Star Game victory for the National League. The World Series will start on Wednesday (U.S time).
- Cardinals finish off Brewers in NLCS (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Cardinals capture the flag (timesunion.com)
- St. Louis native Freese selected as MVP of NLCS (espn.go.com)
- You: 2011 MLB Playoffs: St. Louis Cardinals Crush Brewers, Advance to World Series (bleacherreport.com)
- Local boy Freese selected NLCS MVP for St. Louis (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- 2011 MLB NLCS: St. Louis on the verge of another WS appearance thanks to the bullpen (caloysports.wordpress.com)