Giants-Nationals, Game 1: Did you know?
WASHINGTON -- The Giants survived a late threat from the Nationals to hold on for a 3-2 victory on Friday and claim Game 1 of the National League Division Series. RBI singles by Brandon Belt, Joe Panik and Buster Posey supplied the offense, and the bullpen held on after 5 2/3 scoreless innings from Jake Peavy.
Here's what you should know from Game 1:
• San Francisco has won nine consecutive postseason games, the longest active streak in North America's four major professional sports leagues. The nine-game streak is also the longest in NL history and fifth longest in Major League history.
• The Giants have now won 13 of their last 16 postseason games and 23 of their last 31.
• Entering Friday, Peavy had won 139 regular-season games and an NL Cy Young Award. He earned the win on Friday -- the first postseason victory of his career. Peavy previously was 0-3 with a 9.27 ERA in five postseason starts.
• What an acquisition Peavy was for San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean. Peavy has allowed two earned runs or fewer in 10 consecutive starts.
• Panik went 2-for-5, giving him five hits through his first two career postseason games. That's the most in Giants franchise history.
• Belt recorded his second multihit game of the postseason, going 2-for-4 with one RBI. He is now 4-for-7 with four RBIs and one run scored.
• With his moonshot home run in the seventh inning, Bryce Harper became the sixth player in Major League history with multiple postseason home runs before the age of 22. The others? Miguel Cabrera, Jimmie Foxx, Andruw Jones, Mickey Mantle and Brian McCann.
• Harper's home run went an estimated 445 feet, the longest of his career. It was tracked at 114.2 mph when it left the bat.
• Four of Harper's five career postseason hits have gone for extra bases (a double, a triple and two homers).
• The Nats' Ian Desmond struck out with the bases loaded in the sixth inning. Before that at-bat, he was hitting .433 in 67 career plate appearances with the bases loaded.
• Harper's home run, off San Francisco rookie Hunter Strickland, was the first Major League run allowed by Strickland. He had thrown just seven innings in the big leagues after being called up in September.
• Asdrubal Cabrera clubbed his second career postseason home run, a solo shot in the seventh inning off Strickland. His last postseason blast came with the Indians in Game 1 of the 2007 American League Division Series against the Yankees, in his first career postseason game.
• In the regular season, Stephen Strasburg failed to record at least three strikeouts in just one of his 34 starts. He struck out two on Friday. The two strikeouts were the fewest in a start while pitching five or more innings in Strasburg's career.
• With a single in the fourth inning, Pablo Sandoval extended his postseason hitting streak to 12 games. That's the longest current postseason streak in the Majors and the longest in Giants franchise history.