Cardinals vs. Brewers: Ryan Braun Puts Crew In Lead

Thanks to a pair of solo homers, the Cardinals took an early 2-0 lead on the Brewers, and with Kyle Lohse on the mound, I and they had every confidence that the lead would hold up, and that Game 4 of the NLCS was all but settled.

I and they have turned out wrong, though. In the fourth, as we told you, the Brewers rallied for a pair of runs that evened the score.

Then, in the top of the fifth...well, wait for me to get there. First, in the bottom of the fourth, the Cardinals did nothing against Randy Wolf. Okay, great. Now for the top of the fifth. In the fifth, Nyjer Morgan led off with a double to left. He moved to third on a grounder by Mark Kotsay, and at that point Tony La Russa went straight to his bullpen. The Cardinals' bullpen was perfect on Wednesday, and La Russa figured Mitchell Boggs might be able to wiggle out of the jam.

He probably could have wiggled out of the jam, but he did not. On his fifth pitch to Ryan Braun, Braun shot a grounder right by short and into left field, and Morgan trotted home with the go-ahead run.

Thankfully for Boggs and the Cardinals, that's where the bleeding stopped, thanks to Ryan Theriot. Prince Fielder came up after Braun and drilled a sharp grounder to second, but Theriot made an incredible diving stop and began a 4-6-3 double play. So it's 3-2 Milwaukee, going to the bottom of the fifth.

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