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Saturday, October 8, 2011
Carpenter does work on Phillies

Chris Carpenter threw a two-hit, 11 K shutout on the final day of the regular season to propel the St. Louis Cardinals into the postseason. Friday he was just as good… maybe better as he recorded his first career 1-0 shutout.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Carpenter is the third pitcher in MLB history to throw a 1-0 shutout in a winner-take-all game. He also became the third Cardinals’ pitcher to throw a shutout in a winner-take-all game (Danny Cox, 1987 NLCS & Dizzy Dean, 1934 WS).

Carpenter registered an 84 on the Bill James Game Score scale. Game Score rates a pitcher's start, usually from 0 to 100, with rare games being higher or lower. The average start rates around 49 or 50. His start is tied for the second-highest Game Score in a winner-take-all postseason game.

Carpenter’s teams are now 9-2 in his 11 career postseason starts.

The only offense of the game started with a first-inning leadoff triple by Rafael Furcal, making him the first player ever to have two leadoff triples within the same postseason. That was immediately followed by a Skip Schumaker double, which scored Furcal and proved to be the only run of the game. It is the first time in MLB postseason history that every run in a game had been scored before a single out was recorded.

The loss snaps the Philadelphia Phillies streak of three straight NLCS appearances. Being shut out is uncommon for the Phillies as they were blanked just seven times during the regular season, tied for third-fewest in MLB.

The Cardinals will meet the Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS. It's not the first time these two franchises will face off in a postseason series. These two clubs met in the 1982 World Series, when the Brewers were part of the American League. The Cardinals would overcome a 3-2 series deficit to win the final two games at home and capture their first World Series title since 1967.