Raul Ibanez was just 1-for-23 against the Cardinals in the regular season before he went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in Game 1 of the National League Division Series on Saturday. His four career home runs, including the postseason, against Kyle Lohse are tied for his most against any pitcher.
Lohse hadn't allowed a home run in any of his past five starts and had given up multihomer games in just five of his 48 starts over the past two seasons. One of those multihomer games came on June 22, also against the Phillies.
Lance Berkman hit his eighth postseason home run in his 35th career playoff game on Saturday. Since going 2-for-12 with no home runs and no RBIs in his first playoff run in 2001, he's gone 38-for-114 (.333) with eight home runs and 33 RBIs in his four trips back.
Twenty of Ryan Howard's 34 home runs this season -- including his three-run shot that put Philadelphia ahead, 4-3, in Game 1 -- have come with the Phillies tied or trailing. Fifteen of those 20 long balls put the Phils ahead.
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With Lance Berkman's first-inning, three-run homer Saturday, St. Louis extended its streak of unanswered runs to 19. That's the second-longest streak for any team started in the regular season and carried into the playoffs.
The 11 runs scored by the Phillies in Game 1 are the most in the postseason by Philadelphia since it also scored 11 on Oct. 18, 2009, against the Dodgers. The only time the Phils have scored more runs in a playoff game came in a 15-14 loss to the Blue Jays in Game 4 of the 1993 World Series.
Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Carlos Ruiz, Chase Utley and Shane Victorino went a combined 9-for-20 with six RBIs. Those five have started in 40 straight playoff games together with the Phillies, dating back to Oct. 6, 2007. That mark is the longest in Major League history by five players for a single team.
The Phillies have won eight of their past nine Game 1s when playing at home and are 15-7 in series-opening games all time. Entering this series, Philadelphia went on to win 10 of those series in which it won Game 1, while losing just four of them.
When the Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead, they temporarily set a Major League record for the longest streak of unanswered runs carried from the regular season into the postseason. They finished the regular season by rattling off 16 straight runs and then broke the Cubs' 1984 record of 18 straight with Berkman's first-inning homer, which pushed the Cards' mark to 19. The record didn't last very long when the Rays extended their own streak to 20 straight runs on Saturday against the Rangers.
The Cardinals have lost four straight playoff games since winning the 2006 World Series. They were swept in the '09 NLDS by the Dodgers.
The three earned runs in the ninth inning against the Phillies' bullpen increased its ERA to 9.00 against the Cardinals over their past six meetings.
The winner of Game 1 in the NLDS has gone on to win the series 14 straight times and is 29-3 all time in the NLDS. Teams that go 2-0 up in the NLDS are 19-0 since the current playoff format started in 1995.
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.