The St. Louis Cardinals hit 105 home runs, which ranked them last in the National League and second from the bottom in all of baseball, (just ahead of the Royals’ 95) in that category.
Matt Carpenter hit a solo homer in the third and Kolten Wong broke a tie with a two-run shot in seventh as the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 to grab a 2-1 lead in this NLDS.
Carpenter hit a home run for the third straight game and the club has hit six homers in these first three games, accounting for 10 of their 15 runs.
I follow Tom Orf on Twitter, who tweeted during the game, that Carpenter is the first player to homer and double in three straight playoff games. He’s also the sixth player to homer in three straight.
Juan Gonzalez 1996 Rangers 4
Jeffrey Leonard 1987 Giants 4
Matt Carpenter 2014 Cardinals 3
Bengie Molina 2005 Angels 3
Hank Aaron 1969 Braves 3
Hank Bauer 1958 Yankees 3
Watch Wong’s homer
John Lackey, unlike other American League East Division aces who were traded in July (Jon Lester and David Price), won his postseason start, giving up one run on five hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts.
Trevor Rosenthal closed out the ninth, but not before some drama as he allowed two runners to reach.