The Milwaukee Brewers rallied in the fifth inning of NLCS Game 1 against their bitter division rivals with huge back-to-back hits by Braun and Fielder to come away with a 9-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
Braun launched a 463-foot, two-run bomb in the first inning before adding a two-run double during the huge six-run fifth. Fielder followed up with a homer worth two runs before Yuniesky Betancourt capped the comeback with a two-run shot of his own.
While we were honestly hoping for a few plunkings, maybe a bench-clearing brawl, and definitely some more smack-talk from the two sides, all we got was a small stir-up and an umpire's warning to Tony La Russa after Jaime Garcia hit Fielder immediately after Braun's first inning longball.
Brewers ace Zack Greinke, who made some awkward comments regarding Chris Carpenter and his "phony attitude" on Saturday, hinted that there may have been some heckling coming from the opposing dugout on Sunday:
“They’re yelling from the dugout some, but most teams do that. Everyone always makes fun of me grunting when I throw a fastball. It’s kind of funny sometimes, but no big deal.”
Also, we hope you didn't miss Fielder's diving layout in the top of the fifth. It was like a graceful beluga whale died right on the field.
Game 2 is all set for 8:05pm ET on TBS Monday night at Miller Park with Shaun Marcum taking the hill for the Brewers against fellow right-hander Edwin Jackson.