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National League Division Series Capsules (Saturday, October 1st)
Final Score: Milwaukee 4, Arizona 1
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Yovani Gallardo was dominant on the hill and Milwaukee's two MVP candidates combined for five hits, three runs scored and two driven in to carry the Brewers over the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1, in the opener of the National League Division Series. Gallardo's (1-0) only costly mistake in his eight-inning opus came on Ryan Roberts' home run. He was otherwise stellar as he matched a Brewers postseason record with nine strikeouts and allowed just four hits and one walk. Prince Fielder, in perhaps his final season in Milwaukee as free agency looms, went 2-for-4 with a two- run homer, while fellow slugger Ryan Braun added three hits and two runs scored for the NL Central champs. Ian Kennedy (0-1), a 21-game-winner in the regular season, surrendered four runs on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings for Arizona, which won the West Division by a comfortable eight-game margin over the reigning World Series champion Giants. Arizona will look to rebound in the best-of-five series on Sunday when Daniel Hudson battles Zack Greinke, who won the final game of the regular season to lock up home-field advantage this round.
Final Score: Philadelphia 11, St. Louis 6
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Ryan Howard and Raul Ibanez homered in the sixth inning to kick-start Philadelphia's offense, and the Phillies overpowered the Cardinals for an 11-6 victory in the opener of their National League Division Series. The Phillies trailed by three after Lance Berkman hit an early home run off Roy Halladay, but Howard's blast put them ahead and Ibanez's two-run shot chased St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse. Philadelphia added five more runs in the next two innings to build an insurmountable lead and gain an opportunity to take a 2-0 series lead Sunday. Halladay (1-0) closed out his eight-inning start by retiring 21 consecutive batters, and gave up a total of just three hits and a walk, while striking out eight. By contrast, Lohse shut down the Phillies early but ended up allowing six runs -- five earned -- in 5 1/3 innings. The Cardinals went 23-8 to close the season and sneaked into the playoffs as the wild card, thanks to the Phillies' extra-inning victory over the Braves on the last day of the regular season.