10/15/12 12:30 AM ET
Did you know? NLCS Game 1: Cards 6, Giants 4
By Jake Kaplan and Mike Fiammetta / MLB.com
This series marks the first time in LCS history that the previous two World Series champions have met.
The Cardinals improved to 18-21 all time in postseason Game 1's and 5-6 in NLCS Game 1's. In postseason series the Cardinals have played in since 1987, the Game 1 victor has won the series 17 of 23 times.
NL home teams are 2-10 this postseason.
Carlos Beltran's rate of a home run every 7.71 at-bats is the best in postseason history. He leads Babe Ruth (8.60) and Troy Glaus (8.67).
David Freese has 25 RBIs in his first 25 career postseason games, tying him for second all time behind Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, who knocked in 32. Scott Spiezio, who played in the postseason with the Angels and Cardinals, also drove in 25 runs in his first 25 playoff games.
Freese's second-inning home run boosted his career postseason total to six. He also improved his career numbers against Giants starter Madison Bumgarner to 3-for-6 with two homers.
Beltran's two-run homer in the fourth inning was his 14th career postseason home run in 108 at-bats. With his Game 1 performance, Beltran joins Ruth and Albert Pujols as the only players to hit better than .325 with at least 14 home runs in a playoff career.
Beltran increased his postseason slugging percentage to .824, extending his lead over Carlos Delgado (.757) and Glaus (.756). Freese's postseason slugging percentage is now .739, passing Gehrig for sixth all time.
Sunday marked the first Game 1 in LCS history in which both starters didn't last four innings. It was just the 12th time that occurred in any LCS game.
Eleven different relievers made a scoreless appearance in Game 1, setting a new postseason record for a nine-inning game. In fact, only two extra-inning postseason games have had more relievers make scoreless appearances.
Cardinals right-hander Lance Lynn made his first career postseason start. Though he didn't allow a hit through three frames, Lynn lasted only 3 2/3 innings while allowing four runs on five hits.
Bumgarner's 3 2/3-inning outing was his shortest of the season. Over his two postseason starts this year, in which he has lasted a combined eight innings, the 23-year-old left-hander is 0-2 with an 11.25 ERA.
Tim Lincecum's 8 2/3 career postseason innings of relief are tied with Randy Johnson for the most all time among multiple-time Cy Young Award winners.
In his second year of postseason play, Daniel Descalso is batting .308 (8-for-26). In the 2011 postseason, Descalso went 3-for-9.
Jake Kaplan and Mike Fiammetta are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.