10/16/12 12:19 AM ET
Did you know? NLCS Game 2: Giants 7, Cards 1
By Jake Kaplan and Mike Fiammetta / MLB.com
The Giants snapped their three-game postseason home losing streak, avoiding losing four consecutive postseason games for the first time in franchise history.
In San Francisco's seventh game of the 2012 postseason, Ryan Vogelsong became the first Giants starting pitcher to throw a quality start. The 35-year-old right-hander gave up only one run on four hits over seven innings en route to his first career postseason victory. Of the four starters between either team who have pitched in the NLCS, he's the only one to last longer than four innings.
With the Giants' win, NL teams improved to 3-10 at home this postseason.
St. Louis fell to 5-6 in NLCS Game 2s. Tied at 1 in the NLCS against the Brewers last year, the Cardinals won three of the next four games to take the series.
San Francisco's Angel Pagan joined Jimmy Rollins as the only players in Major League history to hit two leadoff home runs in a single postseason. Rollins and Derek Jeter are the only players with three career postseason leadoff homers, while Johnny Damon and Brady Anderson also have two.
When Pagan led off the bottom of the first with a home run, it was the first time the fans at AT&T Park saw the Giants lead a game this postseason. It was only Pagan's second homer this year at home.
Pagan's homer was just the eighth leadoff homer in NLCS history. Four have been against the Cardinals, including two off Cards starter Chris Carpenter.
Carpenter lasted only four innings, the second-shortest postseason start in his career. In Game 2 of the 2011 NL Division Series against the Phillies, the veteran right-hander lasted three innings in a 5-4 St. Louis win. Carpenter's six career postseason hits are tied for seventh all time among pitchers. John Smoltz holds the record with 12. Carpenter's second-inning double marked just the seventh time in postseason history that a starting pitcher accounted for all of his team's RBIs.
Vogelsong, who had six extra-base hits in 166 career regular-season at-bats, led off the sixth inning with a double off of Fernando Salas. That made Monday's game only the third in postseason history -- and first time since 1969 -- that both starting pitchers had an extra-base hit in the same game. He is the first Giants pitcher to have a double in a postseason game since Jack Bentley in Game 2 of the 1923 World Series against the Yankees.
In going 2-for-3, St. Louis' Carlos Beltran, a former Giant, finished with his 13th career multihit postseason game.
Beltran continued to raise his postseason slugging percentage, finishing Game 2 with an .838 mark that is still the highest of any player in postseason history.
Four of the Giants' seven runs came from the second spot in the lineup. Marco Scutaro drove in two runs with a fourth-inning single before leaving the game with a hip injury. Ryan Theriot, his replacement, knocked in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the eighth inning. A third run scored on Scutaro's hit, though thanks to an error on left fielder Matt Holliday, Scutaro was only credited with two RBIs.
In the last five postseason games, the Giants' bullpen has allowed just two earned runs on 13 hits, with 19 strikeouts in 22 innings, for a 0.82 ERA.
Jake Kaplan and Mike Fiammetta are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.