10/08/12 9:23 PM ET
Did you know? NLDS Game 2: Cards 12, Nats 4
By Mike Fiammetta and Jake Kaplan / MLB.com
Carlos Beltran's two-homer game was the third of his postseason career, tying him for the second-most multihomer postseason performances in Major League history. With the Houston Astros, Beltran homered twice in Game 5 of the 2004 NLDS against the Atlanta Braves, and while with the New York Mets, he did it again in Game 4 of the '06 NL Championship Series against the Cardinals. Only Babe Ruth (four) recorded more multihomer postseason games. Manny Ramirez also accomplished the feat three times.
The Cards' 12-run output was a mark they reached three times in the 2011 postseason run that culminated in a World Series championship.
Beltran's 13 career postseason home runs are tied for 11th all time. Beltran is also now batting .362/.478/.819 in 25 postseason games. The .478 on-base percentage is the second-highest postseason total, and the .819 slugging percentage is the highest in postseason history, both among players with at least 50 postseason at-bats.
St. Louis improved to 9-1 all time in NLDS Game 2s, its only loss coming to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2009.
Allen Craig's home run in the third inning was the first of the series for either team. It was also Craig's fifth career postseason homer, with three of those coming in the 2011 World Series.
Of the 11 extra-base hits in Game 2, the Cardinals had eight.
Over the first two games of the NLDS, Nationals starting pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann own a 7.88 ERA, with eight hits, seven walks and seven strikeouts over eight innings of work. Washington's starting rotation was a big reason it won 98 regular-season games, as the staff posted an NL-best 3.40 ERA and accounted for a league-leading 72 wins.
Ryan Zimmerman hit the Nats' first postseason home run and first postseason extra-base hit in the fifth inning. It marked the first postseason home run for a Washington-based player since Fred Schulte's three-run homer for the Washington Senators in Game 5 of the 1933 World Series.
Cards starter Jaime Garcia's two-inning start matched his shortest outing of the regular season on June 5 against the Astros.
Bryce Harper's first postseason hit came on his seventh-inning double. He's the second 19-year-old to record his first career postseason hit this year, as the Texas Rangers' Jurickson Profar had a pinch-hit single in the American League Wild Card game.
After his 1-for-4 day in Game 2, Ian Desmond is now 4-for-8 with two runs scored in the NLDS.
Zimmermann, the owner of a 3.47 career ERA, inflated his ERA in games against the Cardinals to 9.73. He has given up at least five runs in five of his six starts against St. Louis.
Lance Lynn's three innings of relief matched the longest appearance of his career when coming out of the bullpen. His third-inning entrance also marked the earliest he has entered a game in relief.
After he drove in four runs in the regular season, Zimmermann collected his first postseason RBI on a single in the second. He became the second pitcher in franchise history with a postseason RBI, joining the Expos' Steve Rogers. Rogers drove in two runs in Game 5 of the 1981 NLDS.
Mike Fiammetta and Jake Kaplan are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.