Cardinals vs. Brewers: Error Helps Cards Take 3-0 Lead In 2nd

In Game 1 of this NLCS, Zack Greinke gave up a run in the top of the first inning and Jaime Garcia gave up two runs in the bottom of the first. Then they settled down for a couple of innings before everything started going kerblooey in the fourth, and after five innings there had been 14 runs scored, with the Brewers up 9-5.

Greinke and Garcia are both pretty good pitchers, though, and so one of them has looked pretty good. Ryan Braun did double with two outs in the first, but García got the next guy. Carlos Gomez did single with two outs in the second, but Gomez picked him off cold:

Gomezout

Greinke, though? He's struggling again. After retiring the Cardinals in order in the first inning, Greinke got into some big trouble in the second. He's struggling a lot.

Lance Berkman led off with a line-drive single, and Matt Holliday hit a fly ball to the warning track in right that Corey Hart tracked down. But after Greinke plunked David Freese, Hart couldn't track down Yadier Molina's drive to the wall, with Berkman scoring, Freese landing on third and Molina on second.

The Cardinals' No. 8 and 9 hitters were coming up, which should have helped.

It didn't. Nick Punto shot a line drive right at third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. for the (lucky) second out. This was the good Jerry:

Puntohairston

Now Greinke had only to retire García, who shot a grounder right at Hairston ... who let the ball go right between his legs, with two runners scoring on the play. This was the bad Jerry:

Hairstonerror

Greinke did retire Rafael Furcal to end the inning, but by then it was already Cardinals 3, Brewers 0.

P.S. This is what happens when Nick Punto think he's made a big hit, but hasn't:

Puntohairston2

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