10/04/05 5:48 PM ET
Cardinals short hops
Sanders' slam gives Cardinals needed cushion
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Reggie Sanders rewrote a couple pages when he became the third Cardinal to hit a postseason grand slam. Along with a two-run single, his six RBIs set a single-game NLDS record, as well as a St. Louis postseason single-game record.
Meanwhile, Jim Edmonds' seventh career Division Series home run was his 12th Division Series extra-base hit, breaking a tie with Chipper Jones and Edgardo Alfonzo for the NLDS career record. Also, his 20th career NLDS hit snapped a tie with Fernando Vina for the franchise mark.
As a team, the Cardinals are 9-1 in Division Series play with five straight victories and have won all four NLDS openers played in St. Louis.
Stats all, folks
A look at the key statistics from the Cardinals-Padres National League Division Series after Game 1.
|ERA||5.00||Chris Carpenter was an ace, bullpen wobbled|
|BA||.303||Six RBIs on two hits from Sanders|
|BA w/RISP||.500||Two hits in four ABs, both by Sanders|
|Runs||8||Hard to lose a playoff game with that production|
|Errors||1||Forget the error, they turned three DPs|
|Sanders||.500 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBIs||He was on fire when season ended|
|Carpenter||1-0, 0.00 ERA||That's why he's the ace|
|Carpenter||0-for-3||Didn't get the ball out of the infield|
|Jason Isringhausen||0.2 IP, 13.50 ERA, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 K||Izzy barely held on in the ninth|
Larry Walker was hitless, but he worked a pair of walks before Reggie Sanders' RBI hits and lined into a double play. Frozen moment
Sanders' grand slam blew the game open, but his two-run infield single off the glove of diving first baseman Mark Sweeney symbolized a fluky three-run third inning that gave the Cardinals an early comfortable cushion. Second guess
The loss of Al Reyes to injury took an early toll, as manager Tony La Russa needed four pitchers who allowed five runs over the last three innings. Modern history
Sanders joined Ken Boyer (1964) and Gary Gaetti (1996) as the only Cardinals to hit a postseason grand slam.
"Yeah, I like to get booed." -- Isringhausen, trying to laugh off his ninth-inning struggles
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.