Giants-Cardinals, Game 2: Did you know?

Giants-Cardinals, Game 2: Did you know?

Nobody expected this National League Championship Series to be easy for either team, right? The Cardinals blasted four home runs Sunday night en route to staving off a 2-0 NLCS deficit with a 5-4 victory in Game 2 at Busch Stadium. After the Giants tied the game in the top of the ninth, Kolten Wong hit a walk-off home run to send the series to San Francisco tied 1-1.

Here's what you should know from Game 2:

• Kolten Wong hit the fourth walk-off homer in Cardinals postseason history. The others: Ozzie Smith in the 1985 NLCS, Jim Edmonds in the 2004 NLCS and David Freese in the 2011 World Series.

  Date Recaps Highlights
Gm 1 Oct. 11 SF 3, STL 0 video
Gm 2 Oct. 12 STL 5, SF 4 video
Gm 3 Oct. 14 SF 5, STL 4 video
Gm 4 Oct. 15 SF 6, STL 4 video
Gm 5 Oct. 16 SF 6, STL 3 video

• The Cardinals hit four home runs on Sunday night. They had just one four-homer game in the regular season (July 11 vs. Milwaukee).

• This was the Cardinals' fifth four-homer postseason game in franchise history. The others: 2012 NLDS Game 2 vs. the Nationals; 2011 WS Game 3 vs. the Rangers; NLCS Game 2 vs. the Astros; and 2004 NLDS Game 1 vs. the Dodgers.

• Fifteen of the Cardinals' last 16 runs have come on home runs. They have 11 this postseason after finishing last in the NL in homers during the regular season.

• The Cards became the first team ever to homer in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings of any postseason game.

• Wong is the fourth second baseman with a postseason walk-off home run. He joins Jeff Kent (2004), Alfonso Soriano (2001) and Bill Mazeroski (1960).

• According to ESPN Stats & Info, before Matt Adams, the only other Cardinals batter with two go-ahead homers in the seventh inning or later in the same postseason was Brian Jordan in 1996.

• Before his ninth-inning wild pitch allowed Matt Duffy to score the tying run from second base, Cards righty Trevor Rosenthal had thrown just one wild pitch all season.

• Rosenthal in the 2012-2013 postseasons: 20 1/3 innings, six hits, zero earned runs. Rosenthal this postseason: 3 2/3 innings, seven hits, two earned runs.

• According to the Fox Sports 1 broadcast, this was the second game in playoff history in which the tying run scored in the ninth inning on a wild pitch. The other? Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the Red Sox and Mets.

Joe Panik, who drew the game-tying walk, has walked twice in the postseason. Each came with two outs in the ninth and the Giants trailing by a run. Each led to the tying run.

Oscar Taveras, who tied the game with a home run off Jean Machi in the seventh, also hit his first career homer against the Giants May 31.

• Taveras' seventh-inning home run was the first tying or go-ahead pinch-hit home run for the Cards in the postseason, according to ESPN Stats & Info. It was St. Louis' seventh postseason pinch-hit homer in club history.

Yadier Molina, who singled in the second inning before exiting the game with a left oblique strain, now has more hits in the postseason (89) than any other player in Cardinals history.

• The Giants have allowed 14 runs this postseason -- eight on solo homers.

• Carpenter, who has four home runs in the postseason, had just eight home runs in 595 regular-season at-bats. It took him until June 28 (81 games) to hit his fourth regular-season home run.

• In 4 1/3 innings, Hunter Strickland has allowed four home runs this postseason. That's twice as many as Mariano Rivera allowed in his entire career.

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