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ANOTHER GRAND SLAM FOR ARIZONA
From Elias: Arizona's Ryan Roberts hit a grand-slam in the first inning in Game Four of the NLDS on Wednesday, a day after Paul Goldschmidt hit a bases-loaded home run in Game Three for the D-Backs. Arizona is only the fifth team to hit two grand slams in a single postseason series in major-league history. The other teams to do that were the Yankees in the 1956 World Series (Yogi Berra and Moose Skowron), the Dodgers in the 1977 League Championship Series (Dusty Baker and Ron Cey), the Twins in the 1987 World Series (Dan Gladden and Kent Hrbek) and the Braves in the 1998 Division Series (Ryan Klesko and Eddie Perez). (Cey and Baker are the only other pair of that group to do it in consecutive games.)
Roberts hit one grand-slam in his career prior to Wednesday night. It came on September 27th of this season and capped a six-run bottom of the 10th inning in a 7-6 victory over the Dodgers after Los Angeles had scored five runs in the top of the final inning. Roberts became only the fourth player in major-league history to hit an extra-inning grand-slam home run with this team trailing by three runs that night, joining Babe Ruth (1925 Yankees), Roger Freed (1979 Cardinals) and Jason Giambi (2002 Yankees). It was only the second game in major-league history in which the winning team had fallen behind by five-or-more runs in an extra inning (April 21, 1991 Pittsburgh vs. the Cubs).
ROBERTS AND YOUNG TEAM UP TO SEND SERIES BACK TO MILWAUKEE
From Elias: Ryan Roberts hit a grand slam and teammate Chris Young went deep twice in Arizona's 10-6 win over Milwaukee in Game Four of the NLDS on Wednesday night. It is only the third time in major-league postseason history that a player hit two home runs in the same game in which his teammate hit a grand slam. Yankees teammates Moose Skowron (grand slam) and Yogi Berra (two HR) did it on October 10, 1956 against the Brooklyn Dodgers and the Orioles' Bobby Bonilla (grand slam) and B.J. Surhoff (two HR) did it on October 1, 1996 against the Indians.
FREESE HELPS CARDS AVOID ELIMINATION
From Elias: David Freese went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBI to help the Cardinals stave off elimination in their 5-3 win over the Phillies on Wednesday night. Freese is only the third Cardinals player to drive in at least four runs in a game in which his team faced playoff elimination. Les Bell had four RBI in a Game Six victory over the Yankees in the 1926 World Series, and Keith Hernandez drove in four runs in Game Six of the 1982 World Series against the Brewers.
PHILLIES LOSE AFTER FAST START
From Elias: The Phillies put two runs on the board in the first inning but lost Game Four of their NLDS series by a score of 5-3 on Wednesday night. The Phillies lost Game Two of the series despite scoring three runs in the first inning. Philadelphia is the first team to lose two games after scoring multiple first-inning runs in a single playoff series since the Yankees dropped two such games to the Indians in the ALDS in 1997.
The Phillies lost only two games in which they scored at least two runs in the first inning during the regular season. Philadelphia was 24-2 in those games, with both losses coming in April (April 8th against Atlanta and April 15th against Florida).
THREE DIVISION SERIES GO TO A GAME FIVE
From Elias: The Cardinals and Diamondbacks both came up with victories on Wednesday night to join the Yankees in forcing a deciding fifth game in their division series. This marks only the second time since the first season of the current playoff format (1995) in which at least three of the division series went the distance. That also happened in 2001.