Giants-Nationals, Game 2: Did you know?

Giants-Nationals, Game 2: Did you know?

WASHINGTON -- It took a playoff record-tying 18 innings, but the Giants outlasted the Nationals for an unforgettable 2-1 victory on Saturday to win Game 2 and take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five National League Division Series. A two-out, two-strike double by Pablo Sandoval tied the game in the top of the ninth, and a Brandon Belt solo home run won the game nine innings later.

Here's what you should know from Game 2:

• Saturday's six-hour, 23-minute affair was the longest postseason game in Major League history, in terms of time.

  Date Time Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   SF 3, WAS 2 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   SF 2, WAS 1 (18 inn.) video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   WAS 4, SF 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   SF 3, WAS 2 video

• The game was the second to reach 18 innings in Major League postseason history. The other? A 2005 NLDS game between the Astros and Braves. Tim Hudson, Saturday's Giants starter who was then with the Braves, started both games.

• The Giants have won 10 consecutive postseason games, the longest active streak in North America's four major professional sports leagues. The 10-game streak is also the longest in NL history and the fifth longest in Major League history.

• The Giants have won six consecutive postseason road games, which is an NL record.

• The Giants have won nine consecutive one-run postseason games, which is the second-longest streak in Major League history. The Yankees won 12 consecutive from 1998-2001.

• There was one extra-inning game in last year's postseason. This game was the fourth extra-inning affair of this postseason.

• The longest baseball game in NCAA history lasted 25 innings on May 30, 2009. Belt, Saturday's hero, served as the designated hitter for Texas in that game.

• Hudson allowed one earned run in 7 1/3 innings. This was just the second time he'd lasted past the seventh inning since July.

Yusmeiro Petit became the first pitcher to throw at least six shutout innings of relief and record the win in a postseason game since Boston's Pedro Martinez in Game 6 of the 1999 American League Division Series against Cleveland.

Jordan Zimmermann became the first pitcher to leave a postseason game with a shutout intact through exactly 8 2/3 innings.

• Zimmermann threw 100 pitches. The Nationals' bullpen threw 111.

• The Nationals used nine pitchers, which tied the record for the most used in a postseason game. The others? The White Sox in Game 3 of the 2005 World Series (14 innings), the Rays in Game 4 of the 2013 ALDS (nine innings) and the Mets in Game 5 of the 1999 NL Championship Series (15 innings).

Asdrubal Cabrera and Matt Williams were each ejected for arguing balls and strikes. This marked the first time both a player and manager were ejected from a playoff game since Jim Edmonds and Tony La Russa of the Cardinals in the 2005 NLCS.

Anthony Rendon began the game 4-for-4 with four singles. He set a franchise record and became the first player with a four-hit playoff game since Pablo Sandoval did it in Game 1 of the 2012 World Series while hitting three home runs.

• With his game-tying hit in the ninth inning, Sandoval extended his postseason hitting streak to 13 games. That's the longest current postseason streak in the Majors, and the longest in Giants franchise history.

Javier Lopez was brought in to face Adam LaRoche in the eighth inning, and he struck out the left-handed hitter. That was nothing new: In 10 career matchups, Lopez has fanned LaRoche nine times.

• Only one player in postseason history had gone hitless in seven or more at-bats -- Craig Biggio was 0-for-7 in Houston's 7-6, 18-inning win over Atlanta in the 2005 NLDS. Bryce Harper, LaRoche and Denard Span each went 0-for-7 for the Nationals on Saturday.

• The total of 34 strikeouts was the most ever in a postseason game. The previous high had been 30 in the aforementioned Astros-Braves game.

• The total of 20 strikeouts by Giants pitchers was the third most ever in a postseason game. The Indians struck out 23 Orioles in Game 4 of the 1996 ALDS, and the Orioles struck out 21 Indians in Game 3 of the following year's ALCS. Both were 12-inning games.

• The total of 17 pitchers used matches Game 3 of the 2005 World Series (White Sox used nine pitchers; Astros used eight in 14 innings) for the most ever in a postseason game.

• A total of 17 pitchers (eight Giants, nine Nationals) combined to throw 485 pitches, 313 of them for strikes. Only Zimmermann reached 100 pitches, and five pitchers threw fewer than 10.

• A total of 41 players appeared in the game -- 21 from Washington and 20 from San Francisco.

Ryan Hood is an associate reporter for Follow him on Twitter @ryanhood19. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.