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Performer of the Game: Brewers lefty Wolf

October 14, 2011

ST. LOUIS — As the Brewers battled the D-backs in the pivotal Game 5 of the National League Division Series last week, all Randy Wolf could do was sit and watch. And hope that his disastrous start in Game 4 — seven earned runs over three innings in a 10-6 loss — hadn’t cost them the series.

In the end, it didn’t, as Milwaukee won Game 5, 3-2, to advance to the NL Championship Series.

“You know, I’ll be honest with you, the day after the Diamondbacks start, I didn’t eat or shower that day,” Wolf said Thursday night. “I don’t know if they call that depression, but it was tough to swallow.”

He’ll be eating well — and be clean — Friday after cashing in on his shot at redemption.

In what the left-hander called the biggest start of his career, Wolf pitched seven stellar innings Thursday night in a 4-2 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium that knotted the NLCS at two games apiece and regained home-field advantage for the Brewers.

“Regardless of how the game went, I was satisfied with the fact that I was going to have that opportunity,” Wolf said. “You know, you don’t want to have just one opportunity and have it to be like it was.

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