MLB notebook: World Series Game 1
The Cardinals' victory on Wednesday represented the 10th time in World Series history that the final score of Game 1 was 3-2. It is the most common outcome in a Series opener; before Wednesday's game, 3-2 had been tied with 2-1.
The first 3-2 score in a Game 1 occurred on Oct. 4, 1922, when the Giants and Yankees tangled at the Polo Grounds. The game featured seven future Hall of Famers, took two hours and eight minutes to play, and saw the Giants -- the defending world champs -- turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the eighth.
The rally began with four straight singles by the Giants, the last of which, by Irish Meusel (playing against his brother Bob, the Yankees left fielder), drove in two runs and knocked starter Bullet Joe Bush out of the game. Waite Hoyt entered to face Ross Youngs, who lifted a fly ball to a spot deep enough to score Frankie Frisch from third. After Rosy Ryan pitched around a leadoff single by Wally Pipp in the top of the ninth, the Giants were off on the right foot with a 3-2 win.
The Giants swept the Series and the Yankees moved across the Harlem River, opening Yankee Stadium and winning a World Series for the first time in 1923.
World Series: Rangers at Cardinals
Starter Chris Carpenter allowed two runs in six innings, and five Cardinals relievers combined for three innings of one-hit ball.
The team that has won the first game has gone on to capture the World Series title 65 times, and lost the Series 40 times. There was no winner of the scheduled Game 1 in 1907, as the Tigers and Cubs played to a 3-3 tie (the game was called after 12 innings). The Cubs then won the first game to be played to a conclusion and took the Series four games to none.
The Game 1 winner has captured the title 16 times in the past 20 World Series. The four Game 1 winners to come up short: the 1992 Braves, 1996 Braves, 2002 Giants and 2009 Phillies.
The home team in Game 1 is 13-7 in Game 1 over the past 20 World Series. The past 10 teams to win Game 1 at home have gone on to capture the title. The last team to win Game 1 at home and lose the Series was the 1992 Braves, who lost to the Blue Jays in six games. The 10 teams to win Game 1 at home and win the title: the 1993 Blue Jays, 1995 Braves, 1997 Marlins, 1998 Yankees, 2000 Yankees, 2001 Diamondbacks, 2004 Red Sox, 2005 White Sox, 2007 Red Sox and 2010 Giants.
Carpenter improved to 3-0 in four starts this postseason. He has allowed nine runs on 19 hits (3.52 ERA) in 23 innings. The rest of the Cardinals starters have a combined total of one victory: Edwin Jackson got the win in Game 4 of the Division Series.
Carpenter's victory gave him eight in his postseason career, all with the Cardinals, and the club record for most postseason wins, surpassing the seven recorded by Bob Gibson (all in the World Series). Carpenter is tied with the Yankees' Mariano Rivera for the most postseason wins among active pitchers.
Fernando Salas, Mark Rzepczynski, Octavio Dotel, Arthur Rhodes and Jason Motte combined for three shutout innings, allowing a single and a walk and striking out three. Cardinals relievers have thrown 31 2/3 innings since the start of the National League Championship Series, allowing six earned runs (1.71 ERA) on 16 hits and eight walks while striking out 24.
The Cardinals have had 50 appearances by relief pitchers in the postseason. That total is equal to the number of relief appearances by the 2003 Marlins and 2008 Rays for the seventh-most in a postseason. The 2002 Giants, with 62, hold the high mark.
Rhodes -- 41 years and 360 days old -- became the 20th-oldest pitcher to appear in a World Series game. His appearance marked the 29th time in Series history a pitcher past his 41st birthday appeared in a game. Jack Quinn (47 years and 95 days) is the oldest, appearing in Game 3 of the 1930 World Series for the Philadelphia A's.
Lance Berkman paced the Cardinals' offensive attack with two hits and two RBIs. Berkman has seven hits in 17 at-bats and has driven in eight runs in five career World Series games.
Rangers starter C.J. Wilson took the loss, allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings. He became the 12th pitcher to start three Game 1s in a postseason, but the first to go winless in those starts.
Allen Craig's RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie represented the fourth time a pinch-hitter has driven in the go-ahead run in a World Series opener.
In 1954, Dusty Rhodes hit a game-ending, three-run home run off Bob Lemon in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Giants a 5-2 win over the Indians.
In 1964, Carl Warwick drove in a run with a sixth-inning single off of Al Downing to give the Cardinals a 5-4 lead over the Yankees. St. Louis ended up with a 9-5 win.
In 1988, Kirk Gibson famously hit a game-ending, two-run home run off Dennis Eckersley in the bottom of the ninth to give the Dodgers a 5-4 win over the Athletics.
The Cardinals' David Freese went 1-for-2, getting a hit for an 11th straight game. His streak is tied for the ninth-longest in a postseason since 1995. Marquis Grissom of the 1995 Braves and Manny Ramirez of the 2004 Red Sox hold the record with 14-game hitting streaks.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.