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Cardinals Stun Brewers, Sweep Series

September 2, 2011
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St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Holliday, right, gets a high-five from teammate Albert Pujols after hitting a two-run home run in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

If you would have told me the Cardinals would go into Milwaukee and sweep the 3-game set, I probably would have laughed. Before the Cardinals latest stop to play the Brew Crew, Milwaukee had won 50 of their 66 home games already played. The Brewers had only lost two in a row at home one time the entire series. Now they can’t say that. The Cardinals came in and dominated the three-game series, even the finale in which the Cards’ sent just-called-up pitcher Brandon Dickson to the mound to start the game. The Cardinals offense outscored Milwaukee 18-8. The Cardinals received quality starting pitching, with the exception of the final game, in which Dickson decent but not necessarily effective. The St. Louis bullpen was spectacular. The Cards hit four home runs in one game, and hit grand slams on back-to-back days. All this leaves Cardinal fans with one, unanimous question: “Why couldn’t this have happened three weeks ago?” The Cards, even after the series sweep, remain 7.5 games behind Milwaukee in the National League Central. While Milwaukee won 21 games in August, the Cardinals went 15-13. Not bad, but not good enough to win a division. But a recent power surge by the Cardinals has led St. Louis to 6 wins in the last 7 games. It may be just a little to late, but its at least nice to see life from the Cardinals ballclub. And, if your glass is half full, win another three games series with Milwaukee starting Monday at Busch Stadium and we’ve got a race. That is, if the Cards take care of business this weekend against the Reds, while the Brew Crew travel to Houston to battle the Astros. It may not be the ideal situation, but if the Cardinals win their weekend set with Cincinnati, Busch Stadium will be packed and loud next week. With 25 games remaining in the regular season, Cardinal fans who had just recently detached themselves from their postseason aspirations are starting to think a miracle might just happen.

-KG

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