Dodgers-Cardinals, Game 4: Did you know?

Dodgers-Cardinals, Game 4: Did you know?

The National League Division Series came to a close Tuesday in St. Louis as the Cardinals beat the Dodgers, 3-2, to advance to their fourth consecutive NL Championship Series and 13th overall -- the most in the history of the Senior Circuit.

Here's what you should know about Game 4:

• The Cardinals became the first team to reach four consecutive Championship Series since the Yankees did it in 1998-01. St. Louis is now 10-2 in 12 all-time NLDS appearances.

  Date   Matchup Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 3   STL 10, LAD 9 video
Gm 2 Oct. 4   LAD 3, STL 2 video
Gm 3 Oct. 6   STL 3, LAD 1 video
Gm 4 Oct. 7   STL 3, LAD 2 video

• With the loss, the Dodgers fell to 13-22 all-time in elimination games.

Shelby Miller made his first career postseason start Tuesday. He allowed two earned runs on five hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out four.

• The Cardinals have won four of their last five postseason series against the Dodgers.

Clayton Kershaw has now lost his last four postseason starts -- all against the Cardinals. He has a 7.15 ERA in those appearances.

Mike Matheny is the first Cardinals manager to lead his club to the postseason in each of his first three seasons. St. Louis is 19-15 in October with him at the helm, and has advanced to at least the NLCS in all three years.

• Exactly one year ago Tuesday, Kershaw won Game 4 of the NLDS for the Dodgers, pitching on three days' rest. He allowed two unearned runs on three hits over six innings vs. Atlanta.

Trevor Rosenthal picked up his seventh career postseason save Tuesday. He's allowed just one earned run in 23 1/3 innings in the playoffs (19 games).

• The Cardinals hit seven home runs in this series. They had just 105 in the regular season, the fewest in the NL.

• Lefty-on-lefty matchups continued to favor the batters in this series, as Matt Adams put the Cardinals ahead with a three-run homer against Kershaw in the seventh inning. It was the sixth home run hit by a left-handed batter against a left-handed pitcher in this series.

• During the regular season, Kershaw allowed just one home run to a left-handed hitter -- the Nationals' Bryce Harper -- in 143 plate appearances. He allowed two in this series -- one to Carpenter and one to Adams.

• With a single in the third inning, A.J. Ellis extended his postseason hitting streak to 10 games. He's hit safely in 13 of his last 14 postseason games.

• The Dodgers have now made eight postseason appearances without a World Series trip since their last Fall Classic berth in 1988. According to Elias, that's the second-longest active streak in the Majors, trailing only the nine appearances by Oakland (1992) and Atlanta (2000).

Chad Thornburg is a reporter for Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.