Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun has reached base in the first inning of a Major League-record eight straight postseason games. Braun singled in his first at-bat Thursday, and he is 6-for-6 with two homers, five RBIs, a walk and a hit by pitch in the opening frame of Milwaukee's past eight games.
More than half of Matt Holliday's home runs in the past three months have been hit against the Brewers. Holliday's solo shot off Randy Wolf in Game 4 was his ninth home run since the All-Star break, and five of those long balls have come off Milwaukee pitchers.
Wolf not only pitched a postseason career-high seven innings, but he doubled his postseason strikeout total. Prior to striking out six in Game 4, the left-hander had notched just six total strikeouts in his previous three playoff starts (12 innings).
In picking up the win, Wolf erased his name from the top of an undesirable list. Wolf was previously tied with Ted Lilly for making more regular-season starts (342) than any other active pitcher without a postseason win. Lilly is now alone atop that list, and Kyle Lohse -- the Cards' Game 4 starter and losing pitcher -- moved into second place with his 298 career starts.
The Brewers drove in all four of their runs with less than two outs. Of the four teams remaining in the postseason, Milwaukee is the only club without a two-out RBI in LCS play. The Brewers are hitting just .088 (3-for-34) with two outs against the Cards.
Both of St. Louis' home runs came on 1-0 pitches, continuing the Cardinals' trend of producing runs almost exclusively when their hitters are ahead or even in the count. In the postseason, the Cards have driven in just five of their 42 runs when behind in the count.
The Cardinals failed to record at least one hit with runners in scoring position for the first time this postseason, and the first time overall since Sept. 25. St. Louis, which was hitting .371 in those situations in the NLCS, went 0-for-8 in Game 4.
The Game 4 victory snapped Milwaukee's eight-game road losing streak in postseason play. The Brewers hadn't won a playoff game away from home since Oct. 12, 1982, when they beat the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series.
Though Milwaukee regained home-field advantage with Thursday's win, it might not be as big of a boost as it seems. When a best-of-seven series is tied 2-2, teams that hold home-field advantage are 26-20 all-time, but just 4-5 in NLCS play.
This series continues to produce the same results as when the Brewers and Cardinals met in the 1982 World Series. Identical to this year's NLCS, Milwaukee won the opening game in 1982, dropped the next two, and then won Game 4 to even the series at 2-2. The Brewers won Game 5 in that series before dropping back-to-back contests as the Cards took home the title. The only difference is that in 1982, St. Louis had home-field advantage and hosted Games 1-2 and 6-7, while the middle three games were in Milwaukee.
Paul Casella is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.