10/17/12 11:20 PM ET
Did you know? NLCS Game 3: Cards 3, Giants 1
By Jake Kaplan and Mike Fiammetta / MLB.com
The home team has won Game 3 of the NLCS in each of the last nine seasons. The 2003 Cubs, when they beat the Marlins, 5-4, in 11 innings, were the last team to win Game 3 of the NLCS on the road.
The winner of Game 3 has gone on to win the NLCS 16 times since 1985, when seven-game series were introduced. In the last seven years, the only Game 3 victor to not win the series was the 2008 Dodgers, who lost to the Phillies in five games. Just five times has a team fallen behind 1-2 in the NLCS and went on to capture the World Series.
The Cardinals improved to 9-2 in NLCS Game 3s, including 6-0 at home.
San Francisco snapped its postseason road winning streak at six straight games, a streak that dated to the 2010 World Series. The Giants fell to 2-4 in NLCS Game 3s.
Filling in for Cards right fielder Carlos Beltran as an injury replacement, Matt Carpenter hit the first postseason home run of his career with a two-run shot in the third inning. The homer was also his first at Busch Stadium since May 15. Carpenter hit six home runs in the regular season, and is 5-for-6 with four RBIs against Matt Cain in his career.
Jason Motte converted a two-inning save for the first time in his career, becoming the first Cardinals pitcher to do so in a postseason game since Steve Kline in Game 2 of the 2001 NLDS. There have been 24 two-inning postseason saves since 2000, and the Yankees' Mariano Rivera has 13 of them. Phil Coke of the Tigers converted one on Sunday.
Motte is just the seventh pitcher to need 19 or fewer pitches to convert a two-inning postseason save, at least since pitch counts have been kept. Arizona's Byung-Hyun Kim used just 15 pitches to record six outs in Game 4 of the 2001 NLCS.
St. Louis' Kyle Lohse became the first starting pitcher to earn an NLCS win despite walking five batters since Sterling Hitchcock in 1998.
Lohse's five walks were a postseason career high. His previous postseason high was two, set in the 2011 World Series and the 2003 ALDS. He's issued five or more walks in nine career regular-season starts, but not since May 2008.
After Lohse's start lasted only 5 2/3 innings, it marked the fourth outing by a Cardinals starter that did not total six or more innings. Lohse's previous start in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Nationals was the most recent one.
Lohse joined George Earnshaw as the only starters in postseason history to earn a victory despite allowing at least 12 baserunners in fewer than six innings. Earnshaw allowed his 12 baserunners over 4 2/3 innings in the Philadelphia Athletics' Game 2 victory in the 1929 World Series.
Wednesday's game was the first time in franchise history the Giants have had at least 14 baserunners in a postseason game and managed only one run or fewer. It's the first time San Francisco has done that in any game since Sept. 6, 2009.
Despite a valiant effort, Busch Stadium remains one of two NL parks in which Cain does not have a win in his career. The Giants right-hander gave up three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings in Game 3.
The Giants, who were 7-for-20 hitting with runners in scoring position in the first two games of the NLCS, went 0-for-7 and stranded 11 runners in Game 3.
San Francisco's Marco Scutaro has two hits in each of the three NLCS games.
In Game 3, the Giants' Brandon Crawford reached base three times for the first time in his postseason career.
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.