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10/09/11 9:00 PM ET
Did You Know? Cards-Crew NLCS Game 1
By Paul Casella / MLB.com
At least one team has scored in the first inning of 14 of the 21 games this postseason. It happened in just 14 of the 32 contests in the entire 2010 postseason. Ryan Braun's two-run homer that put the Brewers ahead, 2-1, was the first time he homered with his team trailing since June 3. Of his last 20 home runs, half came with the game tied and the other half came while the Brewers were leading. Prior to Braun's opening-inning shot, Jaime Garcia hadn't given up a first-inning home run in 33 starts this season. He also had issued just seven first-inning walks and hadn't hit a batter, but he walked two and plunked Prince Fielder in the opening frame of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. David Freese knocked in three more runs Sunday with a homer and has eight RBIs in his past four games. Freese's high for any four-game span during the season was seven RBIs from Sept. 17-21. In the NL Division Series, St. Louis was just 6-for-30 with one RBI in at-bats immediately following strikeouts (not including strikeouts that ended innings). In Game 1 of the NLCS, the Cardinals followed up their first three strikeouts with a pair of run-scoring singles and a walk. They went 0-for-3 in those situations the rest of the game, though. Milwaukee blew a three-run, ninth-inning lead to fall to the Reds, 7-6, on Opening Day. Sunday's win, however, marked the Brewers' 85th consecutive triumph when leading after eight innings since that Opening Day setback. The Brewers' three home runs set a postseason franchise record. Their only other multihomer playoff game came 30 years ago to the day, when they hit two against the Yankees on Oct. 9, 1981, in Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Milwaukee improved to 21-2 in 2011 when hitting three or more home runs, with one of those two losses coming to the Cardinals on Sept. 1. Zack Greinke won for just the second time in his career when conceding six or more earned runs. He's just 2-21 with one no-decision in his 24 such outings. The only other win came in a 7-6 victory over the White Sox on June 30, 2010, when Greinke was with the Royals. The Brewers' nine runs on Sunday tied their second-highest postseason total in franchise history. The only time Milwaukee scored more was when it put up 10 against St. Louis in Game 1 of the 1982 World Series. The Brew Crew is 14-0 this year when scoring nine or more runs and 86-2 when scoring nine runs or more since the start of the 2007 season. After the Brewers, then in the AL, beat the Cardinals in the opening game of the 1982 Fall Classic, 10-0, St. Louis rallied to win the Series in seven games. This is the first time in Major League history that an LCS matchup has featured teams that had previously met in the World Series. Since the NLCS switched to a best-of-seven format in 1985, teams that win Game 1 have gone on to win the series 18 of 25 times, including 16 of the last 18. When factoring in the ALCS and World Series, teams that win Game 1 in best-of-seven series are 95-57 all-time.
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.