10/11/2003 11:33 PM ET
Official NLCS postgame notes
Chicago Cubs at Florida Marlins -- Game 4
Tough Task: Since the LCS went to a best-of-seven format in 1985, only three clubs have overcome a 3-1 deficit to capture the pennant. ... The lone National League team to come back after trailing 3-1 was the 1996 Atlanta Braves, which won three straight over St. Louis to advance to the World Series. ... Two American League clubs have come back to capture the series after trailing 3-1. ... Kanas City beat Toronto in 1985 after trailing 3-1 and the Boston Red Sox rallied in its seven-game series against California in 1986.
Closing Time: The Cubs will attempt to become the fifth team in NLCS history to close out the series in five games after staking themselves to a 3-1 lead. ... Prior to this series, the last three NLCS have ended in five games (San Francisco in 2002; Arizona in 2001; New York Mets in 2000; also the 1989 San Francisco Giants).
A Grand Old Time: Aramis Ramirez's first-inning grand slam was the seventh in NLCS history and first since Atlanta's Andres Galarraga hit a grand slam on Oct. 11, 1998, exactly five years ago. ... It was also the first grand slam in Cubs postseason history.
Double Your Pleasure: Aramis Ramirez's two home runs tonight marked the second time this series a player has gone deep twice in a game. ... Chicago's Alex S. Gonzalez also went deep twice in Game 2 on Wednesday at Wrigley Field. ... For the record, the most home runs by a player in a single game in NLCS history is three, held by Pittsburgh's Bob Robertson on Oct. 3, 1971.
Full House: Tonight's crowd of 65,829 set an NLCS record for largest single-game attendance. ... Prior to tonight, the record was 65,476 at Philadelphia on Oct. 8, 1980 in Game 2 of the NLCS between the Phillies and Houston Astros.
Career Night: Aramis Ramirez's four RBIs in an inning ties the NLCS record for RBI in a single frame. ... He is the seventh player in NLCS history to collect four RBIs in an inning (last was Atlanta's Andres Galarraga on Oct. 11, 1998). ... In addition, Ramirez's six RBIs in a game tied an NLCS record also achieved by San Francisco's
Will Clark on Oct. 4, 1989. ... Also, please note, his 10 career RBIs in postseason play establishes a Cubs club
career record (Wildfire Schulte held the previous record of nine).
First Things First: With four more runs tonight, the Cubs have now outscored their opponents 14-1 in the first inning this postseason and 11-0 in the NLCS. ... Atlanta accounted for the lone opponent's run in the first inning of Game Two of the Division Series. ... The 11 first-inning runs by Chicago is one shy of the most in NLCS play for first inning runs (also New York in 2000 and Atlanta in 1996).
Lofty Numbers: The seven runs scored by Kenny Lofton this series ties a Cubs club record for runs scored in a single series. ... In 1945, Phil Cavarretta scored seven runs in the World Series against the Tigers. ... In addition, he needs one more run to tie a NLCS record for most runs in a series. ... San Francisco's Will Clark (1989) and New York's Timo Perez (2000) scored eight times in five games and Atlanta's Javy Lopez scored eight runs
in seven games during the 1996 NLCS.
Power Ball: The two home runs tonight by Aramis Ramirez were the 15th and 16th home runs hit this series, establishing the NLCS record. ... The Marlins have gone deep six times this series. ... Chicago has homered 10 times this LCS. ... Chicago's 10 round-tripppers establishes an NLCS record for home runs by a club in a single series (previous high was nine by Chicago in 1984 and nine by San Francisco in 1987).