Errors mark: The two errors by the Cubs' Mark DeRosa and Derek Lee in the second inning tied an NLDS record for errors in an inning, which has been done many times.
Speaking of errors: The four errors by the Cubs tied the NLDS record for errors in game. The other teams to have that many are the Braves (2003), Rockies (1995) and Expos (1981). The Braves and Rockies both lost their series.
Batting around: The nine at-bats by the Dodgers in the second inning tied the NLDS record for at-bats in an inning, which tied them with the Padres (2005) and Braves (1999). The ALDS record is 13 set by the Angels in 2002.
West Coast woes: Cubs have lost all eight playoff games played west of Chicago in franchise history, including six in California. Both of the series in California came in the National League Championship Series and they were forced to watch the opposing team clinch the series. They lost Games 3-5 in 1984 to the Padres and in 1989 to the Giants. In 2007, the Cubs dropped the first two games of the NLDS in Arizona.
Deep hole: Of the 16 NLDS teams that won the first two games, 13 have gone on to sweep. Only three times did a team manage to even extend the series and none have recovered to win the series.
A good sign: Of the Dodgers 11 best-of-five series, they have won the first two games just twice, but went on to win the series both of those times. The Dodgers beat the Phillies three games to one in the 1978 NLCS and beat the Pirates by the same margin in 1974.
Winning streaks: The Cubs have had winning streaks of at least three games 16 times this year.
Losing streaks: The Dodgers have dropped at least three straight games on eight different occasions this year, with four of those coming at Dodger Stadium.
Winning ways: Cubs Game 3 starter Rich Harden has not lost a decision since July 21 a span of 10 starts. The Cubs are 8-2 in those games.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less