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10/04/05 5:48 PM ET

Cardinals short hops

Sanders' slam gives Cardinals needed cushion

ST. LOUIS -- Back when Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series was a blowout and the game appeared to be on ice, it was time to scurry to the record books.

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.

Team stats

Digits The Deal
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

Who was hot?

Player Digits The Deal
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

Who was not?

Player Digits The Deal
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

Behind the numbers
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.

Last word
"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.