October 22, 2020

Wolf leads Brewers over Cardinals 4-2 to even NLCS

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — No more sleepless nights for Randy Wolf.

The 35-year-old left-hander blames himself for Milwaukee’s division series against Arizona going the distance. He was more relieved than elated after his first career postseason win got the Brewers back to even in the NL championship series.

He ensured that the pennant will be decided at Miller Park.

“Just to be able to get another opportunity to pitch again was important,” Wolf said after outfoxing the St. Louis Cardinals for seven innings of a 4-2 victory in Game 4 Thursday night. “It’s kind of a weird word, but it’s redemption to go back out there.”

Ryan Braun had two hits and an RBI, giving him a .471 average (16 for 34) with two homers and nine RBIs in the postseason. Jerry Hairston Jr. doubled twice with an RBI plus a nifty slide at the plate to avoid a tag.

The Brewers ended a three-game road losing streak this postseason, and an eight-game slide dating to the 1982 World Series opener at St. Louis.

“Eight? Oh, like in ’82?” Hairston said. “Come on, man. I guess we can blame them for most of those losses, right?”

Wolf ended a lengthy drought of his own — before Thursday, his 342 starts without a postseason victory were the most among active pitchers. Game 4 loser Kyle Lohse moves to second on the list at 298 starts, trailing only Ted Lilly’s 318.

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