2011 National League Division Series

The 2011 National League Division Series (abbreviated NLDS) were two best-of-five playoffs comprising the opening round of the Major League Baseball postseason, played to determine the participating teams in the 2011 National League Championship Series. Three divisional winners and a fourth team—a wild card—played in two series. TBS televised all games in the United States (except Game 3 of the Brewers–Diamondbacks series, which aired on TNT due to scheduling conflicts with the ALDS). The regular season finished on September 28, with the National League playoffs beginning October 1.[1][2]

Under MLB's playoff format, no two teams from the same division were matched up in the Division Series, regardless of whether their records would normally indicate such a matchup. Home field advantage went to the team with the better regular-season record with the exception of the wild card team, which defers home field advantage regardless of record. The matchups are:

The Phillies and Cardinals played against each other in the postseason for the first time. The Brewers and Diamondbacks also met for the first time, having both joined the National League in 1998—Arizona as an expansion team and Milwaukee in a move from the American League after the AL expanded by adding the Tampa Bay Rays. The Brewers-Diamondbacks series was also notable as the first postseason series played between two teams in ballparks with retractable roofs.[3]

This is the first time since the strike-shortened 1981 season that both National League Division Series matchups went to a deciding Game 5 (it happened to the American League in 2001).

2011 National League Division Series
2011 NLDS
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
St. Louis Cardinals (3) Tony La Russa 90–72, .556, GB: 6
Philadelphia Phillies (2) Charlie Manuel 102–60, .630, GA: 13
DatesOctober 1–7
TelevisionTBS
TV announcersDick Stockton, Bob Brenly (Games 1–4), Ron Darling (Game 5) and John Smoltz (Game 5)
RadioESPN
Radio announcersJon Sciambi and Chris Singleton
UmpiresJerry Layne (crew chief), Chris Guccione, Jerry Meals, Ángel Hernández, Gary Cederstrom, Chad Fairchild
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Milwaukee Brewers (3) Ron Roenicke 96–66, .593, GA: 6
Arizona Diamondbacks (2) Kirk Gibson 94–68, .580, GA: 8
DatesOctober 1–7
TelevisionTBS
TNT (Game 3)
TV announcersVictor Rojas and Joe Simpson
RadioESPN
Radio announcersDave O'Brien (Games 1–2), Chris Berman (Games 3–5), Rick Sutcliffe (Games 1–4) and Buck Martinez (Game 5)
UmpiresJoe West (crew chief), Ron Kulpa, Alfonso Marquez, Bruce Dreckman, Jeff Kellogg, James Hoye

Participants

  • On September 14, the Philadelphia Phillies became the first team to qualify for the NLDS (additionally they had the best record in MLB with 102 wins and 60 losses, 13 games over Atlanta in the National League East (NL East) at the end of the 2011 season, as well as the first team in either league to qualify for the postseason).[4] On September 17, the Phillies clinched the NL East title for the fifth consecutive season.[5]
  • On September 23, after a win over the Marlins and the Cardinals' loss to the Cubs, the Milwaukee Brewers clinched the NL Central title. It was the Brewers' first NL Central title since joining the division in 1998, their first of any kind since winning the 1982 American League pennant, when they won the AL East title, and their first playoff berth since 2008.[6]
  • Also on September 23, the Arizona Diamondbacks clinched the NL West, their first time since 2007.[7]
  • On September 28, after making up over a 10-game deficit in the final month of the season and going into the season's last day tied with the Braves for the last playoff berth, the St. Louis Cardinals clinched the NL Wild Card by beating the Astros while the Braves lost in extra innings to the Phillies.[8]

Matchups

Philadelphia Phillies vs. St. Louis Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals won the series, 3–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 1 St. Louis Cardinals – 6, Philadelphia Phillies – 11 Citizens Bank Park 2:55 46,480[9] 
2 October 2 St. Louis Cardinals – 5, Philadelphia Phillies – 4 Citizens Bank Park 3:22 46,575[10] 
3 October 4 Philadelphia Phillies – 3, St. Louis Cardinals – 2 Busch Stadium 3:13 46,914[11] 
4 October 5 Philadelphia Phillies – 3, St. Louis Cardinals – 5 Busch Stadium 2:34 47,071[12] 
5 October 7 St. Louis Cardinals – 1, Philadelphia Phillies – 0 Citizens Bank Park 2:29 46,530[13]

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Milwaukee Brewers won the series, 3–2.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 1 Arizona Diamondbacks – 1, Milwaukee Brewers – 4 Miller Park 2:44 44,122[14] 
2 October 2 Arizona Diamondbacks – 4, Milwaukee Brewers – 9 Miller Park 3:29 44,066[15] 
3 October 4 Milwaukee Brewers – 1, Arizona Diamondbacks – 8 Chase Field 3:01 48,312[16] 
4 October 5 Milwaukee Brewers – 6, Arizona Diamondbacks – 10 Chase Field 3:25 38,830[17] 
5 October 7 Arizona Diamondbacks – 2, Milwaukee Brewers – 3 (10 innings) Miller Park 3:41 44,028[18]

Philadelphia vs. St. Louis

Game 1, October 1

5:07 p.m. (EDT) at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 7 1
Philadelphia 0 0 0 1 0 5 3 2 X 11 14 0
WP: Roy Halladay (1–0)   LP: Kyle Lohse (0–1)
Home runs:
STL: Lance Berkman (1)
PHI: Ryan Howard (1), Raúl Ibañez (1)

The Cardinals struck first on Lance Berkman's three-run home run off Phillies' starter Roy Halladay in the first inning. The Phillies fought back on Shane Victorino's RBI single in the fourth, and Ryan Howard put Philadelphia ahead with a second-deck three-run shot in the sixth. Two batters later, Raúl Ibañez hit a two-run homer to give the Phillies a three-run lead. Ibañez's homer was the decisive blow to Cardinals' starter Kyle Lohse, who was out of the game after ​5 13 innings. Next inning, the Phillies loaded the bases on three singles with no outs off of Marc Rzepczynski, who was then relieved by Mitchell Boggs. After Hunter Pence hit into a force out at home, Howard's sacrifice fly followed by RBI singles by Victorino and Ibañez made it 9–3 Phillies. Next inning, Jimmy Rollins walked with two outs, then Chase Utley doubled before both men scored on Pence's single. In the top of the ninth, the Cardinals scored three runs on Adron Chambers' RBI single and Skip Schumaker's two-run double off reliever Michael Stutes, but closer Ryan Madson struck out Jon Jay and Matt Holliday to seal the win for the Phillies.

Game 2, October 2

8:37 p.m. (EDT) at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 5 13 0
Philadelphia 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 6 0
WP: Octavio Dotel (1–0)   LP: Cliff Lee (0–1)   Sv: Jason Motte (1)

The Phillies scored early on RBI singles by Ryan Howard and Raúl Ibañez in the first inning. Hunter Pence's single in the second scored Jimmy Rollins and gave the Phillies a 4–0 lead. With Cliff Lee on the mound, who was 7–2 in the postseason and 3–0 in the League Division Series, and Chris Carpenter, who pitched on three days' rest, was out after three innings, things did not look good for the Cardinals. However, the offense started to do their work in the fourth, when Ryan Theriot, Jon Jay, and Rafael Furcal each knocked in one run for the Cardinals. Jay singled again in the sixth to tie the game and Albert Pujols' RBI single in the seventh gave the Cardinals the lead. The Cardinals' bullpen picked up where Carpenter left off, combined to throw six innings of scoreless, one-hit ball. Cardinals closer Jason Motte pitched a four-out save to seal the win.

This was the third consecutive postseason loss for Lee going back to the 2010 World Series.

Game 3, October 4

5:07 p.m. (EDT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 7 0
St. Louis 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 12 0
WP: Cole Hamels (1–0)   LP: Jaime García (0–1)   Sv: Ryan Madson (1)
Home runs:
PHI: Ben Francisco (1)
STL: None

After six scoreless innings from both starting pitchers, the Phillies sent Ben Francisco to pinch-hit for Cole Hamels, following an intentional walk to Carlos Ruiz, and a single by Shane Victorino. Francisco homered off the second pitch from Jaime García 405 feet (123 m) over the left center wall to give the Phillies a 3–0 lead.

In the sixth inning, a squirrel—soon to become more famous the next day under the name "Rally Squirrel"—appeared in the outfield, causing a brief interruption in play.[19] The incident was even immortalized in a promo for the "Legends are Born in October" ad campaign, complete with the background music set to the ads from that campaign, Tinie Tempah's "Written in the Stars."[20]

In the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals added a run with Allen Craig scoring off an RBI single by David Freese. In the bottom of the eighth, the Cardinals were able to load the bases with one out, thanks to singles by Ryan Theriot, pinch hitter Matt Holliday, and Rafael Furcal. However, the Cardinals were not able to capitalize, with Craig grounding out into an inning ending double play. In the bottom of the ninth, Pujols led off with his third double of the game. Following a flyout by Lance Berkman and a ground out by Freese (which sent Pujols to third), Yadier Molina singled to center, bringing Pujols home, and making it a one-run game. Theriot then grounded out to second to end the game, giving the Phillies a 2–1 series lead.

Game 4, October 5

6:07 p.m. (EDT) at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 7 1
St. Louis 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 X 5 6 0
WP: Edwin Jackson (1–0)   LP: Roy Oswalt (0–1)   Sv: Jason Motte (2)
Home runs:
PHI: None
STL: David Freese (1)

Before the second-largest crowd (47,071) in Busch Stadium history, the Cardinals staved off elimination with a 5–3 home victory over the Phillies. The Phils struck first with two runs in the first inning off Edwin Jackson. Jimmy Rollins doubled and scored on a triple by Chase Utley, who came home on Hunter Pence's single to make it 2–0. The Cards cut the lead to 2–1 in the bottom half when Lance Berkman doubled in Skip Schumaker. Berkman advanced to third when Shane Victorino misplayed the ball, but was unable to score. Meanwhile, Jackson settled down after the shaky first, allowing only two hits in the next five innings. The Cards took the lead on David Freese's two-run double in the fourth, scoring Berkman and Matt Holliday to make it 3–2, Cardinals.

In the fifth inning, the Rally Squirrel again appeared, crossing home plate as Oswalt was delivering a pitch to Skip Schumaker. The pitch was called a ball, but Oswalt and manager Charlie Manuel argued for "no pitch", which appeal was denied by home-plate umpire Ángel Hernández. Schumaker then flied out, but the Rally Squirrel went on to become a cause célèbre in St. Louis.[21][22][23][24]

St. Louis extended their lead to 5–2 in the sixth when Freese hit a two-run homer to the grassy area in center field. After that, the Cards' bullpen took it the rest of the way. Arthur Rhodes pitched a 1–2–3 seventh, but Fernando Salas ran into trouble in the eighth, allowing a run on a wild pitch to cut the Cardinals' lead to 5–3. The Phillies would bring the tying run to the plate in the form of St. Louis native Ryan Howard later in the inning, but Marc Rzepczynski struck out Howard to escape the jam. In the bottom half, Albert Pujols batted against Brad Lidge, a pitcher whom Pujols victimized with a three-run home run in the 2005 playoffs, when Lidge was with Houston. Lidge, however, got Pujols to fly out to right. Jason Motte got the save by retiring the Phillies in order in the ninth. Center fielder Jon Jay made a sliding catch of a line drive by former Cardinal Plácido Polanco for the final out.

Game 5, October 7

8:37 p.m. (EDT) at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 6 1
Philadelphia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2
WP: Chris Carpenter (1–0)   LP: Roy Halladay (1–1)

The Cardinals struck first in the first inning when leadoff batter Rafael Furcal hit a triple and Skip Schumaker followed with a double, but no other runs were scored with Roy Halladay laboring through over 30 pitches in that inning. In the bottom of the fourth, the Phillies had runners at the corners with two outs. On a 3–2 count, batter Raúl Ibañez got a cutter down the middle and hit it deep to right field. The TV camera focused on the right field stands, but would move down to show Lance Berkman making the catch at the warning track.[25][26] Halladay was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth after giving up six hits and one run, throwing 126 pitches, 87 for strikes. He walked one (intentional to Albert Pujols), striking out seven. Ryan Madson replaced Halladay in the ninth. Chris Carpenter got Ryan Howard to ground out to second, capping off a three-hit shutout.[27] Howard tore his Achilles' tendon on that final play.[28][29]

This was only the third "winner-take-all" game in postseason history (following Game 7 of the 1962 World Series and Game 7 of the 1991 World Series) to end in a 1-0 score.[30]

Composite box

2011 NLDS (3–2): St. Louis Cardinals over Philadelphia Phillies

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
St. Louis Cardinals 5 0 0 5 0 3 2 0 4 19 44 2
Philadelphia Phillies 5 1 0 1 0 5 6 3 0 21 37 3
Total attendance: 233,570   Average attendance: 46,714

Milwaukee vs. Arizona

Game 1, October 1

2:07 p.m. (EDT) at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 0
Milwaukee 0 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 X 4 8 0
WP: Yovani Gallardo (1–0)   LP: Ian Kennedy (0–1)   Sv: John Axford (1)
Home runs:
ARI: Ryan Roberts (1)
MIL: Prince Fielder (1)

Game 1 featured both teams' top winning pitchers, with the Diamondbacks' 21-game winner Ian Kennedy going against the Brewers' 17-game winner Yovani Gallardo. The Diamondbacks threatened in the 1st inning, where Willie Bloomquist was thrown out at home by Ryan Braun on a potential RBI single by Justin Upton. After that, Gallardo settled down, pitching 8 stellar innings, tying a franchise postseason record with 9 strikeouts. The Brewers scored first in the 4th when Braun scored on a Jerry Hariston sacrifice fly, and then scored again in the 6th when Yuniesky Betancourt tripled and was then driven in by a single by Jonathan Lucroy. In the 7th inning, with two outs, Braun doubled for the Brewers, with Prince Fielder coming up. Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson went to talk to Kennedy and allowed Kennedy to pitch to Fielder with first base open. This was considered by some observers an eerie case of déjà vu for Gibson, who had been in the same situation at the plate in the 1984 World Series when Goose Gossage chose to pitch to Gibson with 1st base open, and gave up a home run to Gibson. The same thing happened for Fielder, who hit the second pitch he saw from Kennedy out for a 2-run homer, giving the Brewers a comfortable 4-0 lead. Ryan Roberts broke up Gallardo's shutout with a home run in the 8th, but Brewers closer John Axford finished off the Diamondbacks in the 9th, giving the Brewers the 4-1 win and the first win of the series.

Game 2, October 2

5:07 p.m. (EDT) at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Arizona 0 1 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 4 10 1
Milwaukee 2 0 2 0 0 5 0 0 X 9 13 1
WP: Takashi Saito (1–0)   LP: Daniel Hudson (0–1)
Home runs:
ARI: Paul Goldschmidt (1), Chris Young (1), Justin Upton (1)
MIL: Ryan Braun (1)

The Brewers started Game 2 on a high note with Ryan Braun hitting a two-run homer in the first inning off of Daniel Hudson, but starter Zack Greinke, pitching on three days' rest, allowed a leadoff home run to Paul Goldschmidt in the second; In the third, Braun doubled with two outs, then scored on Prince Fielder's single before Fielder scored on Rickie Weeks's triple. Greinke gave up a solo home run to Chris Young in the fourth, then a two-run home run to Justin Upton in the fifth and left with the game in a 4–4 tie. In the sixth, Jerry Hairston doubled with one out. Brad Ziegler relieved Hudson and committed a balk that let Hairston move to third, then walked Yuniesky Betancourt. Hairston scored on Jonathan Lucroy's bunt single and an error put runners on second and third. After Mark Kotsay was intentionally walked to load the bases, Corey Hart's single scored a run, Nyjer Morgan's single scored two more, and Braun's single scored another to give the Brewers a 9–4 lead. The Brewers bullpen pitched scoreless ball for the last four innings in helping the team gain a 2–0 series lead.

Game 3, October 4

9:37 p.m. (EDT) at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
Arizona 2 0 1 0 5 0 0 0 X 8 11 0
WP: Josh Collmenter (1–0)   LP: Shaun Marcum (0–1)
Home runs:
MIL: Corey Hart (1)
ARI: Paul Goldschmidt (2)

With support from the sellout crowd, the Diamondbacks' offense finally broke out in Game 3. The D-backs scored two runs in the first on Miguel Montero's RBI double and Paul Goldschmidt's RBI single, one in the third on Montero's RBI single, and five in the fifth on Goldschmidt's grand slam and Ryan Roberts' RBI single. Backed up by the offense, starter Josh Collmenter hurled seven innings, allowing two hits, one earned run, and two walks while striking out six. The only run for the Brewers came from Corey Hart's solo homer in the top of the third. With the 8–1 lead, relievers David Hernandez and J. J. Putz pitched the eighth and the ninth each to seal the win.

Game 4, October 5

9:37 p.m. (EDT) at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Milwaukee 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 2 0 6 11 1
Arizona 5 0 2 0 0 1 2 0 X 10 13 0
WP: Micah Owings (1–0)   LP: Randy Wolf (0–1)
Home runs:
MIL: Carlos Gómez (1)
ARI: Ryan Roberts (2), Chris Young 2 (3), Aaron Hill (1)

The Diamondbacks knocked in ten runs—eight on four homers—to force a decisive Game 5.

The Brewers scored early in the first inning on Ryan Braun's RBI double. But the D-backs fought back in the bottom half on Ryan Roberts' grand slam and Chris Young's solo homer. The Brewers scored two more runs on George Kottaras' RBI groundout in the second and Jerry Hairston, Jr.'s RBI double in the third. The D-backs answered with Collin Cowgill's two-run single in the bottom of the third. Both starters were ineffective as each pitched only three innings, but the two homers allowed by Randy Wolf made the most difference, putting the Brewers into an early 7–3 hole.

The Brewers continued scoring on Corey Hart's sacrifice fly in the sixth and Carlos Gómez's two-run homer. But the D-backs also scored three more runs on Aaron Hill's solo home run in the sixth and Young's two-run homer, his second of the night, in the seventh. Closer J. J. Putz pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the win for the D-backs.

Game 5, October 7

5:07 p.m. (EDT) at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Arizona 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 10 0
Milwaukee 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 7 0
WP: John Axford (1–0)   LP: J. J. Putz (0–1)
Home runs:
ARI: Justin Upton (2)
MIL: None

The Diamondbacks struck first with Justin Upton's solo home run in the top of the third inning, but the Brewers immediately tied the game in the bottom of the fourth with a Jerry Hairston, Jr. sacrifice fly scoring Nyjer Morgan. The Brewers took the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Yuniesky Betancourt hit an RBI single scoring Ryan Braun. In the top of the ninth John Axford came in on a save situation, but blew it when Willie Bloomquist hit an RBI bunt single scoring Gerardo Parra. Axford was able to escape with a pair of fielder's choice outs to Upton and Henry Blanco. The game went into extra innings after David Hernandez pitched a 1–2–3 ninth. In the top of the 10th Axford pitched a 1–2–3 inning of his own, and then with J. J. Putz pitching in the bottom of the 10th, Morgan hit the walk-off RBI single scoring Carlos Gómez to give Milwaukee the victory.

It was the Brewers' first playoff series win since beating the California Angels 3–2 in the 1982 ALCS, and also made the NLCS for the first time, having moved to the National League in 1998.

This was only the second Game 5 of a Division Series to require extra innings, after Game 5 of the 1995 American League Division Series, which saw the Seattle Mariners defeat the New York Yankees, courtesy of The Double.

Composite box

2011 NLDS (3–2): Milwaukee Brewers over Arizona Diamondbacks

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Milwaukee Brewers 3 1 4 2 0 8 2 2 0 1 23 42 3
Arizona Diamondbacks 7 1 4 1 7 1 2 1 1 0 25 48 1
Total attendance: 219,358   Average attendance: 43,872

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External links

2011 Major League Baseball season

The 2011 Major League Baseball season began on Thursday, March 31, and ended on Wednesday, September 28. This marked the first time a season began on a Thursday since 1976, and the first time a regular season ended on a Wednesday since 1990. The 82nd edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game was played at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona, on July 12 with the National League defeating the American League for the second straight year, by a score of 5–1. As has been the case since 2003, the league winning that game has home field advantage in the World Series. Accordingly, the World Series began on October 19, and ended on October 28, with the St. Louis Cardinals winning in seven games over the Texas Rangers.Only two teams were unable to complete the entire 162-game regular season schedule, as the make-up game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 8 was cancelled due to rain and not made up, owing to scheduling constraints and the game being inconsequential to the playoffs.

2011 National League Championship Series

The 2011 National League Championship Series (abbreviated NLCS) was a best-of-seven playoff pitting the winners of the 2011 National League Division Series, the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, against each other for the National League championship and the right to be the league's representative in the 2011 World Series. The series was the 42nd in league history.

The series began on October 9 to accommodate the World Series, which was scheduled to begin on October 19. TBS televised all games in the United States with Game 1 starting at 4:05pm EDT. Games 1, 2 and 6 were played at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, while the other games were played at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. By coincidence, Brian Anderson, who usually called Brewers games on Fox Sports Wisconsin during the regular season, did the play-by-play for the NLCS on TBS, along with Ron Darling and John Smoltz. Anderson filled in for regular TBS lead baseball announcer Ernie Johnson, who was tending to a son in the hospital.This was the Brewers' first-ever appearance in the NLCS, having moved to the National League in 1998. As an American League team, the Brewers made the ALCS in their pennant season of 1982, defeating the California Angels, 3–2. Thus, the Brewers became the first franchise to play in the LCS as a member of each league. The Cardinals, meanwhile, appeared in the NLCS for the first time since winning the 2006 World Series. This was a rematch of the 1982 World Series (a.k.a. the "Suds Series", with both cities associated with the brewing industry with Milwaukee’s Miller Brewing Company, Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, and Pabst Brewing Company and St. Louis, whose Anheuser-Busch company is namesake of the Cardinals' ballpark), which the Cardinals won, 4–3.

The Cardinals would go on to defeat the Texas Rangers in seven games in the World Series.

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Bruce Michael Dreckman (born August 7, 1970) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. He wears number 1.Dreckman began his career in 1996 as a National League umpire, but has umpired in both Major Leagues since 2002. Prior to reaching the MLB, Dreckman umpired in the Appalachian League, Midwest League, Carolina League, Southern League, and American Association. Dreckman has worked the 2004, 2005, 2010, and 2011 National League Division Series, the 2009 and 2013 National League Championship Series, and the 2010 All-Star Game.

Dreckman was among the 54 umpires who were part of the 1999 Major League Umpires Association mass resignation, a labor negotiating tactic that backfired when the major leagues accepted 22 of the resignations (and allowed others to be rescinded). Dreckman was among those who lost his job, and did not return to the major league diamond as an arbiter until being rehired in 2002.

He was the first base umpire for Roy Halladay's no-hitter in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS and the home plate umpire for Francisco Liriano's no-hitter in 2011. Dreckman represented the MLB in the 2006 Japan All-Star Series, and worked the Miami round of the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He also was the first base umpire who, on May 13, 2010, called San Francisco Giants catcher Eli Whiteside safe on a bang-bang play at first base after Whiteside hit a line drive off the side of San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos. The hit would wind up being the only hit or walk Latos allowed in the game, as an error was committed by second baseman Lance Zawadzki but the error would not have happened because it occurred while trying to complete a double play, something that would have been impossible if Whiteside had been called out. The Padres are the only team in MLB history to have never thrown a no-hitter, let alone a perfect game. Replays, however, seem to indicate that Dreckman had made the correct call by calling Whiteside safe.

Dreckman was the third base umpire on July 30, 2017 when Adrián Beltré of the Texas Rangers got his 3000th career hit against the Baltimore Orioles.

Dreckman lives in Marcus, Iowa with his wife and three children.

Cole Hamels

Colbert Michael Hamels (born December 27, 1983) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2006 to 2015, and the Texas Rangers from 2015 to 2018.

Originally from San Diego, California, Hamels excelled in Rancho Bernardo High School both academically and athletically. The Phillies drafted him out of high school in the first round of the 2002 MLB Draft (17th), and he began his career in the Phillies minor league system. Numerous issues, including an injury sustained in a bar fight as well as other injuries, occurred during his first few minor league seasons. Having reached the Triple-A level, he was the top pitcher in the Phillies' minor league system in 2006.

In May 2006, Hamels made his major league debut for the Phillies. After securing a long-term spot as a member of the Phillies starting rotation in his rookie season, he made large strides in the 2007 Major League Baseball season and won the Phillies' top major league pitcher award. He was the top pitcher on the team entering the 2008 season, and during the Phillies' postseason run, during which they ultimately won the 2008 World Series over the Tampa Bay Rays, he won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award. After the 2008 season, Hamels signed a three-year contract with the Phillies. His statistics declined over the next two seasons, struggling through a tumultuous 2009 campaign and somewhat bouncing back in 2010, however still not approaching his 2008 numbers. Over the next few seasons, Hamels was joined by fellow All-Star pitchers including Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, and Roy Oswalt and flourished with them, putting up some of his top career seasons before suffering from poor run support in 2013. With the decline of his aging teammates, the team missed the postseason for the next few years, but Hamels remained one of the Phillies' consistent stars. Hamels was traded to the Texas Rangers in 2015, and he subsequently sparked their run to the AL West title that season. He spent parts of four seasons with the Rangers, including an All-Star season in 2016, before being traded to the Cubs in 2018.

David Freese

David Richard Freese (born April 28, 1983) is an American professional baseball corner infielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He began his MLB career with the St. Louis Cardinals, where he was a key player during the 2011 postseason, batting .545 with 12 hits in the 2011 National League Championship Series (NLCS). He also set an MLB postseason record of 21 runs batted in (RBIs), earning the NLCS MVP Award and World Series MVP Award. In addition, Freese won the Babe Ruth Award, naming him the MVP of the 2011 MLB postseason. He also played for the Los Angeles Angels and Pittsburgh Pirates.

A star high school player, Freese declined a college baseball scholarship from the University of Missouri. Needing a break from baseball, he sat out his freshman year of college before feeling a renewed urge to play the game. He transferred to St. Louis Community College–Meramec, a junior college, where he played for one season before transferring to the University of South Alabama. The San Diego Padres selected Freese in the ninth round of the 2006 MLB draft.

The Cardinals acquired Freese before the 2008 season. He made his MLB debut on Opening Day 2009 due to an injury to starting third baseman Troy Glaus. Despite suffering his own injuries in the minor leagues and in his first two MLB seasons, Freese batted .297 with 10 home runs and 55 RBIs during the Cardinals' 2011 World Series championship over the Texas Rangers. The next season, he batted .293 with 20 home runs and was selected to his first MLB All-Star Game. Freese authored a 20-game hitting streak in 2013, but back injuries limited his effectiveness, and the Cardinals traded him to the Angels following the season. He played for the Angels for two seasons before signing with the Pirates in March 2016.

History of the Arizona Diamondbacks

This article is about the history of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks (often shortened as the D-Backs), an American professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona, were formed in 1998, based at Bank One Ballpark. This followed five years of preparation under the leadership of Jerry Colangelo. The Diamondbacks won the World Series championship in 2001, becoming the fastest expansion team in the Major Leagues to win a championship, doing so in only the fourth season since inception in 1998. Financial difficulties were then encountered and the home field was renamed to Chase Field in 2005, as a result of Bank One Corporation's merger with JPMorgan Chase & Co. After a lean period the team won the National League West division in 2011.

Hunter Pence

Hunter Andrew Pence (born April 13, 1983) is an American professional baseball right fielder and designated hitter for the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Houston Astros, Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants. He was a member of the 2012 World Series and 2014 World Series championship teams with the San Francisco Giants.

Jason Motte

Jason Louis Motte (born June 22, 1982) is an American former professional baseball relief pitcher. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves. The Cardinals drafted him as a catcher in 2003 and he converted to pitching in 2006. Motte played a key role in the 2011 World Series championship run, saving five postseason games. In 2012, he led the National League (NL) in saves with 42. Motte had Tommy John surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament injury that kept him from playing all of 2013. After returning to the Cardinals midway through the 2014 season, Motte signed a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Cubs for 2015.

Kerwin Danley

Kerwin Joseph Danley (born May 25, 1961) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League (NL) from 1992 to 1999 and throughout both leagues since 2000. Danley has worked the American League Division Series six times (2000, 2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011). He also umpired in the 2007 and 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Games. Kerwin is married to Marisa Danley.

List of Major League Baseball mascots

This is a list of current and former Major League Baseball mascots, sorted alphabetically.

The tradition in the Major League Baseball mascot began with Mr. Met, introduced for the New York Mets when Shea Stadium opened in 1964. Although some mascots came and went over time, the popularity of mascots increased when The San Diego Chicken started independently making appearances at San Diego Padres games in 1977. Philadelphia Phillies management felt they needed a mascot similar to the Chicken, so they debuted the Phillie Phanatic in 1978.

Today, all but three major-league teams have "official" mascots (Dodgers, Yankees, and Angels). Five team mascots – Sluggerrr (Kansas City Royals), the San Diego Chicken, the Phillie Phanatic, Mr. Met, and Slider (Cleveland Indians) – have been inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame. Several others have been nominated since the Hall's creation in 2005.

Mascots in the MLB are often used to help market the team and league to young children.

List of Milwaukee Brewers seasons

The Milwaukee Brewers are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They play in the National League Central division. Established in Seattle, Washington as the Seattle Pilots in 1969, the team became the Milwaukee Brewers after relocating to Milwaukee the following season. The franchise played in the American League until 1998, when it moved to the National League as part of an MLB realignment plan.As of the completion of the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates on September 3, 2016 (Which resulted in a 7-4 victory), the franchise has played in 7,616 regular season games and compiled a win–loss record of 3,628–3,988. They have a postseason record of 14–18.The Brewers have figured in the MLB postseason picture on five occasions. In the first, the Brewers lost to the New York Yankees in the 1981 American League Division Series three games to two. The following year, Milwaukee won the 1982 American League Championship Series versus the California Angels three games to two. In that year’s World Series, the Brewers faced the National League Champion St. Louis Cardinals. The series went to a decisive game seven and resulted in a Brewers World Series loss. After a 26-season postseason drought that remains the third-longest in the expanded-postseason era, in their third appearance the Brewers won the 2008 National League Wild Card, earning them a berth in the 2008 National League Division Series. Milwaukee lost the series, three games to one, against the eventual World Series Champion Philadelphia Phillies. Most recently, the Brewers won the 2011 National League Central Division title and defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks three games to two in the 2011 National League Division Series. Despite winning game one in the 2011 National League Championship Series they would be eliminated by the eventual World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals four games to two. In 2018, Milwaukee finished the regular season tied with the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central. The Brewers defeated the Cubs in a one-game playoff, 3-1, securing the division title and relegating Chicago to the wild card game. The Brewers then swept the Colorado Rockies (who had just defeated the Cubs in the Wild Card game) in the best-of-five set, advancing to the NLCS.

The Brewers’ highest winning percentage (.593) was achieved in 2011 with a record of 96–66. Conversely, the team’s lowest winning percentage (.346) came in 2002 with a record of 56–106.

Michael Stutes

Michael Christopher Stutes (born September 4, 1986) is an American former professional baseball pitcher who played for the Philadelphia Phillies from 2011 to 2013.

Paul Goldschmidt

Paul Edward Goldschmidt (born September 10, 1987), nicknamed "Goldy", is an American professional baseball first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011. Prior to playing professionally, Goldschmidt played baseball for The Woodlands High School and Texas State Bobcats.

Goldschmidt was lightly recruited out of The Woodlands. After playing at Texas State, the Diamondbacks selected him in the eighth round of the 2009 MLB draft. He rose through the minor leagues, reaching the major leagues on August 1, 2011. The Diamondbacks traded him to the Cardinals during the 2018–19 offseason.

Goldschmidt is a six-time MLB All-Star. He led the National League in home runs and runs batted in during the 2013 season. He has won the National League (NL) Hank Aaron Award, Gold Glove Award, and Silver Slugger Award. Goldschmidt has twice finished runner-up for the NL Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award, in 2013 and 2015.

Rally Squirrel

Rally Squirrel is the name given to an American gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) which appeared on the field and ran across home plate at Busch Stadium during a 2011 National League Division Series (NLDS) Major League Baseball game between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals on October 5, 2011. The squirrel captured American media attention, and was adopted as an unofficial mascot by the Cardinals and the populace of St. Louis. The Cardinals would go on to win the 2011 World Series in dramatic fashion.

Seventh-inning stretch

In baseball in the United States and Canada, the seventh-inning stretch is a tradition that takes place between the halves of the seventh inning of a game – in the middle of the seventh inning. Fans generally stand up and stretch out their arms and legs and sometimes walk around. It is a popular time to get a late-game snack or an alcoholic beverage as well, as vendors end alcohol sales after the last out of the seventh inning. The stretch also serves as a short break for the players. Most ballparks in professional baseball mark this point of the game by playing the crowd sing-along song "Take Me Out to the Ball Game". Since the September 11 attacks, many American ballparks complement or replace the song with the playing of "God Bless America." If a game goes into a fifth extra inning, a similar "fourteenth-inning stretch" is celebrated (as well as a possible "twenty-first inning stretch" or "twenty-eighth inning stretch"). In softball games, amateur games scheduled for only seven innings, or in minor-league doubleheaders, a "fifth-inning stretch" may be substituted.

Written in the Stars (Tinie Tempah song)

"Written in the Stars" is a song by English rapper Tinie Tempah featuring American singer Eric Turner. Unlike his two prior breakthrough singles which were produced by Labrinth, the track instead features production by iSHi. It was released in September 2010 through Parlophone, digitally on the iTunes Store. It serves as the third official single from his debut album Disc-Overy. The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Tinie Tempah's second number-one single in the United Kingdom. The song was released as Tempah's debut U.S. single, and has peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track also marks Tinie's first top 10 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40.

"Written in the Stars" was used by Major League Baseball for their commercials relating to the 2011 Major League Baseball Postseason. It was also chosen by WWE as its theme song for WrestleMania XXVII. Recently, it was used as the introduction to the eighth season of the South Asian Softball League. Since the 2011–12 season, it has been used as the theme song for Sky Sports' coverage of Premier League football. Samples of "Written in the Stars" can be heard in promos used for the USA Network sports-drama Necessary Roughness. The song was chosen as Miss USA 2011 Evening Gown Competition's background music. The New York Giants used the song as their entrance song in Super Bowl XLVI on 5 February 2012. It was also used in the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games in August 2012. In May 2016, Tempah performed the song live in Wembley Stadium before the FA Cup final.

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