9:37 PM ET, October 7, 2009
Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, California
• The teams combined to strand 30 runners, setting a record for a nine-inning postseason game.
• Matt Kemp became the first Dodgers center fielder with a postseason homer since Jimmy Wynn in Game 1 of the 1974 World Series.
• Chris Carpenter entered the game 5-0 career against the Dodgers in the regular season and became just the fifth pitcher in MLB history to lose to a team in the postseason that he was 5-0 or better against in his regular season career.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
Neel: Postseason Urgency
The Dodgers weren't going to wait around and feel out the Cardinals in their NLDS; instead, they played the opener with a sense of urgency, writes Eric Neel. Story
The Cardinals fell to 6-2 in division series openers while returning to the playoffs for the first time since winning the 2006 World Series. ... They won five of seven games against the Dodgers this season. ... Dodgers manager Joe Torre began his 14th consecutive playoff run, tying a record for managers set by Atlanta's Bobby Cox (1991-2005).
|1st||R Ludwick singled to shallow center, S Schumaker scored, B Ryan to third, A Pujols to second.||1||0|
|1st||M Kemp homered to center, R Furcal scored.||1||2|
|3rd||C Blake reached on infield single to third, A Ethier scored, M Ramirez to second.||1||3|
|4th||S Schumaker doubled to left, C Rasmus scored.||2||3|
|5th||R Furcal hit sacrifice fly to right, R Belliard scored, R Martin to third.||2||4|
|6th||R Martin hit by pitch, A Ethier scored, J Loney to third, R Belliard to second.||2||5|
|9th||M DeRosa doubled to center, R Ludwick scored.||3||5|
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|Stadium||Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA|
|Attendance||56,000 (100% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||63 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Dana Demuth, First Base - Brian Onora, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Jeff Nelson|