From The Padres Press Box - Game #2 NLDS

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TODAY'S GAME:  The Padres will face the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of a best-of-five National League Division Series beginning with two games at Busch Stadium...this will be the second ever postseason meeting between the two teams who previously met in the 1996 NLDS (St. Louis 3-0).

LAST GAME:  Despite a late rally, the Padres suffered an 8-5 loss at St. Louis in Game 1 of the National League Division Series...the Padres trailed 8-0 in the contest before scoring all five runs in the final three innings...Eric Young hit a two-run pinch-hit homer and drove in two...Clay Hensley, Brian Lawrence, Akinori Otsuka and Scott Linebrink combined for 3.1 IP of scoreless relief...Ryan Klesko, Brian Giles and Mark Sweeney each tallied two hits for the Padres...the Padres set an NLDS record by using six pinch-hitters.

PUTTIN' ON THE HITS:  The Padres pounded out 13 hits, San Diego's highest total in a postseason game in franchise history in Game 1 of the NLDS...San Dieg has now reached double digits in hits in 11 of 28 postseason games in club history.

POSTSEASON PRIMER:  The Padres clinched their fourth National League West crown with Wednesday night's 9-1 win over San Francisco marking the first time the Padres have earned a berth in the postseason since 1998...the Padres had played a total of 1,142 games, going 528-614, since last winning the West on September 12, 1998...Mark Sweeney and Trevor Hoffman are the only two members of the 1998 club to make a return to the postseason with the Padres, while manager Bruce Bochy is the only uniformed person to be a part of all four of the Padres postseason appearances.

CLUTCH:  Pinch-hitting for Dave Roberts in the eighth, Eric Young hit the second pinch-hit homer in Padres' postseason history...the first was hit by Jim Leyritz in Game 2 of the 1998 NLDS...Young's homer was the second of his career hit in postseason play and his first since hitting a two-run shot while with Colorado off Atlanta's John Smoltz in Game 3 of the 1995 NLDS...

ALMOST FAMOUS:  The Padres became just the fourth team in postseason history to rally from a deficit of eight runs or more and put the tying run on base when Ramon Hernandez came to the plate with Brian Giles on second and Mark Loretta on third in the ninth inning...t

The Philadelphia Phillies (trailed 8-0) in Game 4 of the 1929

World Series, California Angels (trailed 9-1) in Game 2 of the 1979

ALCS and the Boston Red Sox (trailed 8-0) in Game 1 of the 2004

ALCS all accomplished the feat previously...only the Phillies were able to win the game

...courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau.


LONG TIME COMING: Mark Loretta and Joe Randa made the first postseason appearances of their respective careers in Game 1 of the NLDS...Randa had played the third-most regular season games of any active player to have never played in the postseason (1,433), while Loretta's was the 11th-highest total (1,230).

LESS THAN JAKE: Game 1 starter Jake Peavy allowed eight earned runs on eight hits over 4.1 IP...the eight earned runs allowed tied an NLDS record for most earned runs allowed in a game for the fifth time, most recently by David Wells in 2002, and tied later that night by Boston's Matt Clement...the eight earned runs by Peavy tied a regular season career-high and were his most since August 18, 2002 at Montreal (8 ER, 9 H, 3.1 IP).


San Diego

LF Eric Young

2B Mark Loretta

C Ramon Hernandez

CF Brian Giles

SS Khalil Greene

3B Joe Randa

1B Xavier Nady

RF Ben Johnson

RHP Pedro Astacio

St. Louis

SS David Eckstein

CF Jim Edmonds

1B Albert Pujols

RF Larry Walker

LF Reggie Sanders

2B Mark Grudzielanek

3B Abraham Nunez

C Yadier Molina

LHP Mark Mulder

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