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Official NLCS Postgame Notes
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10/12/2003  8:42 PM ET 
Official NLCS Postgame Notes
Chicago Cubs at Florida Marlins, Game 5, Oct. 12, 2003
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Two Good To Be True: Josh Beckett's complete game two hitter tied a NLCS record for fewest hits allowed in a game by an individual pitcher... Cincinnati's Ross Grimsley tossed a two-hitter on October 10, 1972... New York's Jon Matlack also twirled a two-hitter on October 7, 1973 and San Francisco's Dave Dravecky also fired a two-hitter on October 7, 1987... Of those three pitchers... Matlack and Dravecky's two hitters were also shutouts... Roger Clemens tossed the only one-hitter in LCS history when he did so on October 14, 2000 at Seattle while with New York.

Back To Chicago We Go: For the 13th time in NLCS history, the series will stretch beyond five games since the seven-game format was introduced... The last series to go beyond five games was in 1999 when Atlanta needed six games to take the series over the New York Mets... Only five series have ever gone to seven games in NLCS history (last was 1996; St. Louis vs. Atlanta).

Sneak Preview: The home team has gone 5-7 in Game Six.

K-ing of the Hill: Josh Beckett's 11 strikeouts marked the 13th time in NLCS history for an individual to record 10-plus strikeouts in a game... The last pitcher to accomplish 10-plus strikeouts was Curt Schilling on October 19, 2001. The most strikeouts by a pitcher in a NLCS game is 15, accomplished by Florida's Livan Hernandez in Game Five of the 1997 NLCS against the Atlanta Braves.

Pudge Won't Budge: Florida's Pudge Rodriguez has hit safely in each of his nine playoff games as a Marlin and has driven in a run in seven of the games.

Blank Check: Florida's shutout tonight was the 29th in NLCS history and first since Arizona's Randy Johnson blanked Atlanta 2-0 on October 16, 2001 in Game One of the NLCS...Beckett also tossed the 15th complete game shutout in NLCS history today.

Ruthian Like Accomplishment: The last pitcher to shut out Chicago in a post season game was Boston's Babe Ruth, who blanked the Cubbies in Game One of the 1918 World Series... The two hits by Chicago today also tied a Cubs club record for fewest hits in a postseason game (also Game Three of the 1906 World Series against the Chicago White Sox when Ed Walsh tossed a complete game in the 3-0 White Sox victory).

Mr. Marlin: Jeff Conine's home run in the eighth inning was the first of his career in the postseason. More About Beckett: Beckett's complete game was the first in his career in both regular season and postseason action...His previous high in innings pitched was 8.0 on August 17, 2003 vs. San Diego... It was also the first shutout in Marlins postseason history.

Staying Alive: Florida is now 2-0 in its postseason history when facing elimination... They also won Game Seven of the 1997 World Series over Cleveland here in Florida.

Tomorrow's Schedule: Here is tomorrow's schedule for media availability @Wrigley Field:
1:30-2:00 p.m. Florida
2:00-2:30 p.m. Chicago

Both managers will also be made available...For the members of the media traveling to Chicago that will be unable to attend the media conferences, quote sheets will be available on mlbpressbox.com or by emailing the Cubs at cubsmedia@cubs.com... Chicago's media relations department will then forward the quote sheets to you.





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