Slugger Ryan Howard finished the series just 2-for-19, marking the fewest hits and lowest average he's recorded in a postseason. His previous lows came in 2007, when he recorded three hits and a .250 average in three games as the Phillies were swept by the Rockies in the National League Division Series. Phils right-hander Roy Halladay was the losing pitcher in a 1-0 game for the third time in his career. He's been the winning pitcher in 1-0 games five times. Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter has been the pitcher of record in six 1-0 games, posting a 4-2 record. Carpenter tossed his third shutout in his last seven outings. Before that run, the righty had recorded just three shutouts over his previous 111 starts -- including the postseason -- dating back to Aug. 15, 2006.
The Cards became just the third team in Major League history to advance with a 1-0 win in the postseason while facing elimination. They are the ninth team overall to win a series-ending game by that score and just the second team to do it when scoring the lone run in the top of the first inning. St. Louis has advanced from seven of its nine NLDS matchups. The Redbirds have won four of those series by virtue of a sweep and are 23-10 in those nine series. Home teams haven't held much of an advantage in Game 5 over the past nine seasons. Since 2002, home teams have won just two of the 10 decisive Division Series games. NL teams are just 3-5 at home in those games. The Cardinals became just the second team in NLDS history to rally from a 2-1 deficit to win the series. Teams had been just 1-17 in those situations, with the 2002 Giants being the only other team to successfully mount a comeback. The Phillies had never lost any postseason series in which they led 2-1, winning in each of the past seven instances. At least one of the two NLDS matchups has been closed out on the road in each of the past nine seasons. The 2001 season was the last time that both NLDS-winning teams celebrated the series-clinching victory in front of the hometown fans.
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.