Brewers vs. Cardinals: Cards Score Again, Lead 5-0

Here in Game 2 of the NLCS, Shaun Marcum is having another lousy outing, but for three innings at least he had the excuse that he was having a lousy outing because of Albert Pujols, who drove in the Cardinals' first four runs. Marcum lost that excuse in the fourth.

Leading off, Yadier Molina worked a long at bat against Marcum, and then ripped a low-inside fastball into left field for a double. Two batters later, unusual starter Nick Punto grounded a low curveball right back up the middle to score Molina, and the Cardinals extended their lead to 5-0.

Marcum retired the next two batters to keep the damage there, but with five runs, seven hits, and one strikeout through four frames, he's been ineffective, and there's action in the Milwaukee bullpen. Should his spot come up to the plate in the bottom of the fourth, it wouldn't be surprising at all to see Ron Roenicke pinch-hit. Side note: Ron Roenicke looks like Zack Greinke in 30 years. Stop and think about it.

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