ST. LOUIS -- Back when Game 1 of the National League Divisional Series was a blowout and the game appeared to be on ice, it was time to scurry to the record books.
Reggie Sanders rewrote a couple pages when he became the third Cardinal to hit a postseason grand slam. Along with a two-run single, his six RBIs set a single-game NLDS record, as well as a St. Louis postseason single-game record.
Meanwhile, Jim Edmonds' seventh career Division Series home run was his 12th Division Series extra-base hit, breaking a tie with Chipper Jones and Edgardo Alfonzo for the NLDS career record. Also, his 20th career NLDS hit snapped a tie with Fernando Vina for the franchise mark.
As a team, the Cardinals are 9-1 in Division Series play with five straight victories and have won all four NLDS openers played in St. Louis.
Stats all, folks
A look at the key statistics from the Cardinals-Padres National League Division Series after Game 1.
Who was hot?
||Chris Carpenter was an ace, bullpen wobbled
||Six RBIs on two hits from Sanders
||Two hits in four ABs, both by Sanders
||Hard to lose a playoff game with that production
||Forget the error, they turned three DPs
Who was not?
||.500 BA, 1 HR, 6 RBIs
||He was on fire when season ended
||1-0, 0.00 ERA
||That's why he's the ace
Behind the numbers
||Didn't get the ball out of the infield
||0.2 IP, 13.50 ERA, 1 ER, 4 H, 1 K
||Izzy barely held on in the ninth
Larry Walker was hitless, but he worked a pair of walks before Reggie Sanders' RBI hits and lined into a double play.
Sanders' grand slam blew the game open, but his two-run infield single off the glove of diving first baseman Mark Sweeney symbolized a fluky three-run third inning that gave the Cardinals an early comfortable cushion.
The loss of Al Reyes to injury took an early toll, as manager Tony La Russa needed four pitchers who allowed five runs over the last three innings.
Sanders joined Ken Boyer (1964) and Gary Gaetti (1996) as the only Cardinals to hit a postseason grand slam.
"Yeah, I like to get booed." -- Isringhausen, trying to laugh off his ninth-inning struggles
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.