10/10/12 5:30 PM ET
Did you know? NLDS Game 3: Cards 8, Nats 0
By Mike Fiammetta and Jake Kaplan / MLB.com
The Cardinals' 8-0 shutout was their second-largest postseason shutout in franchise history. The only one larger was an 11-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers in Game 7 of the 1934 World Series.
Regular season and postseason combined, St. Louis is 5-4 against Washington this year. In the five victories, the Cards have averaged 10.4 runs, scoring at least eight runs in each of them.
The Cardinals improved to 24-14 in postseason Game 3s. They are 16-15 all-time in Game 4s.
An announced attendance of 45,017, the largest ever at Nationals Park, which opened in 2008, turned out to see the first postseason game played in the nation's capital since Oct. 7, 1933.
Chris Carpenter's Game 3 win was his 10th career postseason victory, tying him for seventh place all-time with Whitey Ford, Dave Stewart and David Wells. By improving his postseason record to 10-2, Carpenter moved into a tie for fourth place all-time with an .833 winning percentage in the postseason.
Nationals starting pitchers haven't lived up to expectations through the team's first three postseason games. NL Cy Young Award candidate Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann and Edwin Jackson have combined to post a 7.62 ERA (11 earned runs over 13 innings). Washington's rotation posted an NL-best 3.40 ERA and accounted for a league-leading 72 wins in the regular season.
When hitting with runners in scoring position over the first three games of the NLDS, the Nats are just 3-for-24. They have left 30 runners on base.
Pete Kozma's three-run home run in the second inning was just his third Major League home run. The Cards' shortstop totaled just 72 at-bats in the regular season, homering twice.
Carpenter, who entered with a .118 career batting average, is the first pitcher to single and double in a postseason game since the Atlanta Braves' Tim Hudson in Game 4 of the 2005 NLDS against the Houston Astros.
Jackson took the mound after six days of rest. Entering the game, the right-hander was 0-1 with a 4.38 ERA in seven career outings on six or more days of rest.
Ian Desmond is 7-for-12 for the series, accounting for 28 percent of the Nationals' hits thus far in the NLDS.
Mike Fiammetta and Jake Kaplan are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.