Friday, October 7, 2011

National League Divisional Playoffs: It's Brewers Vs. Cardinals For Pennant

Both National League divisional playoff series were decided on Friday as both series went the full five games.

At Milwaukee:

Nyjer Morgan delivered a 10th-inning base hit that scored Carlos Gomez from second base as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 to win their divisional playoff series three games to two and advance to the National League championship series.  This was only the second playoff series victory in Brewers history---the other being in 1982 when they came back from a two-games-to-none deficit and defeated the then-California Angels in five games to win the American League pennant.

At Philadelphia:

Rafael Furcal led off the first inning with a triple and Skip Schumaker sent him home with a double that made the game's lone run possible while Chris Carpenter out-dueled Roy Halladay in pitching a three-hit complete-game shutout as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 1-0 on the road to win the fifth and deciding game of their divisional playoff series.

The National League Championship Series begins in Milwaukee on Sunday as the Brewers host the Cardinals in game one.  It's a rematch of the 1982 World Series in which the Redbirds defeated the then-American Leaguers four games to three.

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