Prior to giving up four runs in the first inning Wednesday, Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo had given up just four runs combined in his last four starts (27 1/3 innings, including the postseason).
Wednesday wasn't the first time Gallardo has struggled through the first inning this season. In his 33 regular-season starts, Gallardo posted a 5.73 ERA in the opening frame, his highest mark for any inning.
Striking early also isn't anything new for the Cardinals. St. Louis scored in its first at-bat for the fifth consecutive game, becoming just the fourth team in postseason history to accomplish that feat. The Cubs (2003) and Red Sox (2004) also did it in five straight, and the Mets did it a record six times during the 2000 postseason.
The Cardinals had scored four or more runs in the opening inning just three other times this season. Likewise, the Brewers allowed four or more runs just three times in the first inning this season.
Chris Carpenter notched his seventh career postseason win to tie Bob Gibson for the most in franchise history. Carpenter is 7-2 in 11 career postseason starts, while Gibson also went 7-2, in nine outings, all in the World Series.
Carpenter gave up his first postseason home run since the Dodgers' Matt Kemp took him deep in the first inning of Game 1 of the 2009 National League Division Series. Including Mark Kotsay's third-inning blast in Game 3, Carpenter has allowed just two long balls in his last five playoff outings, a span of 30 innings.
Milwaukee lost its eighth straight game on the road in postseason play. Only four other teams have lost eight or more consecutive road playoff games: The Cubs (1984-88), Red Sox (1986-95) and Dodgers (1916-41) each lost eight, and the Twins lost a record 12 straight from 1925-87. The last time the Brewers won a postseason contest away from home was when they beat the Cardinals in Game 1 of the 1982 World Series.
Teams that lead 2-1 in best-of-seven series are 87-38 all-time, including 16-5 in the NLCS. Also, teams that win Game 3 when the series is tied 1-1 are 58-21 all-time, including 21-8 in LCS play.
The first three games of this series have turned in the same results as the first three contests of the 1982 World Series. In the '82 Fall Classic, Milwaukee won Game 1 before dropping Games 2 and 3. The Brewers won the next two to take a 3-2 series lead, but the Cards rallied to win the title in seven games.
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.