In a classic pitcher's duel, Chris Carpenter bested Roy Halladay in game 5, shutting out the Phils on 3 hits and 1 HBP. Only two runners reached scoring position against Carpenter. The game's only run scored on hits by the first 2 batters.http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/15708
Congratulations to the Cardinals. Condolences to the Phillies. Sadness for our Philly friends, who had such high hopes for this season.
Notes on postseason 1-0 games:
(Advance apologies for any errors; for obvious reasons, this research is rushed.)
In his career, Carpenter had never before thrown a 1-0 CG shutout. He had taken four 1-0 losses.
Halladay had two prior 1-0 losses, the last with Toronto in April 2008. He has three 1-0 shutout wins.
Two prior postseason do-or-die games ended 1-0: the 1991 and 1962 World Series (won by Jack Morris and Ralph Terry).
The only previous 1-0 postseason win for the Cardinals was game 6 of the 1987 NLCS, won by John Tudor (run scored in the 2nd on Tony Pena's triple and Jose Oquendo's sac fly).
The Phillies had other two postseason 1-0 losses -- 1980 NLCS game 3 (11 innings, started by Dickie Noles, lost by Tug McGraw), and 1950 WS game 1 (started by Jim Konstanty).
It was the 42nd 1-0 game in postseason history.
In just 2 others did the run score in the top of the 1st inning: 1999 NLCS game 3 (Braves over host Mets), and 1983 NLCS game 1 (Phils over host Dodgers). One game had the run score in the bottom of the 1st (1963 game 3).
The 1991 postseason saw four 1-0 games, all involving the Braves -- 3 in the NLCS, and of course WS game 7.
The two ex-pitchers in the booth tonight combined for three postseason starts that ended in a 1-0 loss, all in the WS: Ron Darling lost 1986 game 1, while John Smoltz lost 1996 game 5 and got ND in 1991 game 7.
The Orioles won back-to-back 1-0 games to finish off the 1966 WS sweep of LA, by Wally Bunker and Dave McNally (on HRs by Paul Blair and Frank Robinson).
The Yankees and Dodgers alternated 1-0 wins to start the 1949 WS -- Allie Reynolds over Don Newcombe in game 1 (Tommy Henrich homered in the bottom of the 9th), and Preacher Roe over Vic Raschi in game 2 (Jackie Robinson doubled and scored on a Gil Hodges single).
Art Nehf won two 1-0 WS games, in 1921 and '23.
Only 3 pitchers lost 2 postseason 1-0 games that they started: Eddie Plank, Jerry Reuss and Tom Glavine.