Shaun Marcum, Albert Pujols Combine For 12-3 Brewer Loss, Tie NLCS At 1

MILWAUKEE, WI - OCTOBER 10: Nyjer Morgan #2 of the Milwaukee Brewers can't make a play on a single hit by Edwin Jackson #22 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the top of the third inning during Game Two of the National League Championship Series at Miller Park on October 10, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

W: Lance Lynn (1-0)
L: Shaun Marcum (0-2)

HR: Rickie Weeks (1), Prince Fielder (3), Albert Pujols (1), David Freese (3)

MVP: Yuniesky Betancourt (+.062)
LVP: Shaun Marcum (-.277)

Going undefeated at home in the playoffs was probably too much to ask for, anyway. 

This game was disappointing early and then got worse as it went along. The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the first on an Albert Pujols homer and never trailed. In fact, the Brewers had no answer for Pujols all night: He went 4-for-5 with a home run and three doubles, scoring three runs and driving in five.

With that said, Shaun Marcum didn't really have an answer for anyone tonight. He allowed five runs on seven hits over four innings, walking one and striking out one. The defense didn't help him out, but he was also hit pretty hard on multiple occasions. Given his third straight poor outing, it's hard to imagine the Brewers letting him make another start in this series.

Meanwhile the Brewers were held scoreless until the fourth inning, when Rickie Weeks hit a two run home run. They had another chance to make things close in the fifth, but Weeks grounded into a double play with the bases loaded to end the inning. Replays showed Weeks should've been called safe at first and a run should have scored, but when you lose by nine it's hard to get too worked up over such things.

This series takes an off day tomorrow and resumes in St. Louis Wednesday night. 

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