Brewers Even NLCS Behind Strong Performance From Wolf, Beat Cardinals 4-2

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W: Randy Wolf (1-1)
L: Kyle Lohse (0-2)
S: John Axford (3)

HR: Matt Holliday (1), Allen Craig (1)

MVP: Jerry Hairston Jr and Randy Wolf (+.194 WPA each)
LVP: Mark Kotsay (-.097 WPA)

Win Expectancy Graph and Star of the Game Voting

This game was a textbook example of a bounce-back performance.

Randy Wolf, who struggled mightily against Arizona in the NLDS, was excellent tonight. He allowed two runs on a pair of solo home runs among six hits over seven innings, walking just one and striking out six. On a night when the wind was blowing out to right at Busch, he did a great job of working out of trouble and putting the offense in a position to secure the victory.

Meanwhile, the Brewer offense had just enough tonight to get the job done. They scored a pair of runs in the fourth on Jerry Hairston's double and Yuniesky Betancourt's single, one more in the fifth on a Ryan Braun double, and a final tally in the sixth when a Ryan Theriot error allowed Rickie Weeks to score. Jerry Hairston Jr, Ryan Braun and Nyjer Morgan each had two hits, while George Kottaras and Mark Kotsay were the only Brewer starters held hitless

Tonight's win ensures the series will return to Miller Park on Sunday for Game 6. It's now a best of three for the pennant.

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