10/11/11 12:23 AM ET
Did you know? NLCS Game 2
By Paul Casella / MLB.com
At the plate, Jackson is 5-for-10 (.500) against the Brewers in 2011 and just 4-for-27 (.148) against the rest of the league.
Albert Pujols hadn't hit a postseason home run since Game 1 of the 2006 World Series, but he's certainly no stranger to hitting them in the opening frame, as he did on Monday night. Since the start of 2010, Pujols has hit a Major League-best 24 first-inning home runs.
Pujols finished with a postseason career-high five RBIs, and he also tied his 2011 season high with that mark. His other five-RBI game also came in Milwaukee, back on Sept. 1. The Cardinals improved to 18-1 all-time when the slugger drives in five or more runs.
Coupled with his four-hit performance in Game 3 of the NLDS, Pujols became just the third player in Major League history to record two four-hit games in a single postseason. The only other players to accomplish the feat are the Royals' George Brett (1985) and the Brewers' Robin Yount (1982). Yount posted both of his four-hit efforts against the Cardinals in the 1982 World Series.
The 17 hits by the Cardinals tied for the third most they recorded in any game this year, and it continued a trend of racking up hits in bunches away from home. Of St. Louis' top 22 hitting performances this season, 18 have come on the road.
Brewers reliever Kameron Loe had never allowed six total hits -- let alone six consecutive base knocks, as he did in the seventh inning -- in any of his previous 187 relief outings. He had held opponents to five or fewer hits in 17 of his 47 career starts.
The Cardinals and Brewers have been polar opposites this postseason when it comes to late-game hitting. St. Louis went 7-for-17 after the seventh inning Monday, and the Cards are now hitting .317 from the seventh inning on for the postseason. Milwaukee went just 1-for-10 in the same situation, dropping its average to .156 in those innings for the playoffs.
Monday's 12-3 loss snapped the Brewers' six-game home winning streak dating back to the regular season, and it also marked their worst loss of the season at Miller Park. Milwaukee's largest margin of defeat at home this year had been a seven-run setback to the Padres on May 11.
Milwaukee scored its second-most postseason runs in franchise history in Game 1, and the Cardinals followed suit in Game 2. The only time the Brewers scored more runs than the nine they scored in Game 1 was when they scored 10 in Game 1 of the 1982 World Series against the Cardinals. Likewise, the only time the Cards scored more than the 12 they scored Monday night was in Game 6 of that same series, when they beat the Brewers, 13-1.
St. Louis salvaged a split in Milwaukee to essentially steal home-field advantage from the Brewers. Under the current best-of-seven playoff format, teams that return home tied 1-1 are just 30-38 all-time, but 9-6 in the NLCS.
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.