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On this day in 2011 the Cardinals won the NLCS - A Hunt and Peck

En route to the team's eleventh World Series championship, the Cardinals defeated the Brewers in the NLCS.

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The Cardinals' season is done. That is sad. But it is in times like these where it is nice to reflect on when there was baseball and when El Birdos were playing it.

What better time than this date four years ago when the Cardinals moved past the Brewers to go on to the World Series?

The Cardinals struck first against Brewer pitcher Shaun Marcumplating one on an RBI single from Lance Berkman. With two outs,  David Freese (*makes DX sign with arms*), recently moved up to sixth in order, sent the first pitch he saw deep into the left field bleachers. The Cardinals took a 4-0 lead that they would not give up.

Though Cardinal starter Edwin Jackson might have, had skipper Tony La Russa not employed his aggressive bullpen strategy. Jackson lasted two innings, giving up four runs on three home runs, allowing the lead to crumble to 5-4.

Marcum's night was through after only one inning, and he was replaced by Chris Narveson, who let the game get completely out of reach. The Cardinals would hit two home runs off of Narveson, one of the two-out variety in the second off the bat of Rafeal Furcal, acquired at the trade deadline from the Dodgers, and the second one came in the third inning, a leadoff shot by Albert Pujols. Narveson allowed a single by Matt Holliday, a double by David BAMFn' Freese, and a sacrifice fly from Nick Punto before being pulled in favor of Latroy Hawkins. Hawkins came in to face the Cardinals' utility weapon, hittin' machine Allen Craig. Craig promptly hit an RBI single.

Fernando Salas pitched a perfect third in relief and the Cardinals took a 9-4 lead into the fourth where they were finally set down in order. Salas gave up a run in the bottom of the fourth, but the Cardinals answered back with two runs (one a sacrifice fly from World Series Champion Adron Chambers!)  in the top of the fifth. The Brewers scored their final run of the game in the bottom of the fifth as the Cardinals kept them off the board for the remainder of the game, scoring another run in the top of the eighth for good measure. The Cardinals won the game 12-6 and took the series four games to two, advancing to the World Series to face the Rangers.

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