Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Edwin Jackson made his Cardinals’ debut last night and tossed seven innings of one-run ball as part of a 9-2 victory over the Cubs. He was aided by a three-run homer by David Freese, three RBI off the bench by Ryan Theriot and Albert Pujols, who pulled an RBI double down the third base line in the bottom half of the eighth inning for his 2,000th career hit.

Pujols is the fifth Cardinal to reach the the 2,000 hit plateau, joining Stan Musial, Lou Brock, Rogers Hornsby and Enos Slaughter. With 1,650 games under his belt, the 31-year-old first baseman is the 12th fastest player in MLB history to reach the mark.

Your Friday box scores:

Cubs 2, Cardinals 9

Pirates 3, Phillies 10

Angels 2, Tigers 12

Mets 8, Nationals 5

Royals 12, Indians 0

Giants 3, Reds 4 (13 innings)

Orioles 4, Yankees 2

Marlins 0, Braves 5

Rangers 2, Blue Jays 3

Astros 0, Brewers 4

Red Sox 1, White Sox 3

Twins 9, Athletics 5

Rays 8, Mariners 0

Rockies 3, Padres 2

Diamondbacks 5, Dodgers 9

Dodgers look to join the Red Sox in the World Series

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One team has punched its ticket to the Fall Classic. Two teams are looking to join them, with the Dodgers carrying the distinct advantage. Los Angeles needs only a split in the final two games of the NLCS while Milwaukee needing to win both games at home. Doable? Absolutely. But to do it, the Brewers are going to have to wake up their sleepy bats.

NLCS Game 6

Dodgers vs. Brewers
Ballpark: Miller Park
Time: 8:39 PM Eastern
TV: FS1
Pitchers:  Hyun-Jin Ryu vs Wade Miley
Breakdown:

The Dodgers will give the ball to left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, who tossed seven shutout innings in Game 1 of the NLDS but allowed two runs and tossed 72 pitches, failing to get out of the fifth inning, in Game 2 against Milwaukee. Even if he again turns in a short outing Dave Roberts should feel pretty confident, however, as the Dodgers’ bullpen — considered a question mark coming into this series — has allowed only three runs in in 21 and two-thirds innings of work.

For Milwaukee it’s once again Wade Miley, who was the Game 5 “starter,” but who pitched to only one batter. I suppose it’s possible that Craig Counsell will burn him like that again, but it seems more likely that Miley will actually pitch in this game rather than be used as a decoy.

As I noted the other day, though, the Brewers’ pitching gamesmanship has not really been a factor in this series. The real problem for them has been their offense. They’ve scored only 16 runs in five games while batting .219. That’s actually identical to the Dodgers’ run total and average overall, but L.A. has been better at distributing that meager offense. Milwaukee has been cold at the worst times, too, going 5-for-35 with runners in scoring position in the series, including one for their last 11. If that doesn’t change, their season ends tonight.