Saturday, July 21, 2012
Cardinals record-setting seventh inning
The St. Louis Cardinals shut out the Chicago Cubs, doing so in historic fashion. The final score was 12-0, with all 12 runs coming in the bottom of the seventh inning.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the shutout matches the largest in major-league history in which a team scored all its runs in one inning. The Cleveland Indians scored 12 runs in the fourth inning of a 12-0 win over the New York Yankees on July 2, 1943.
The 12 runs tied the Cardinals' franchise record for runs in an inning set in 1926 against the Philadelphia Phillies. Also according to Elias, the Cardinals are the first team in major-league history to score 12 runs in an inning to break a scoreless tie in the seventh inning or later.
Here are more notable numbers from the Cardinals' seventh inning:
0 Home Runs
Cardinals are the first team since the 2003 Kansas City Royals to score at least 12 runs in an inning without a home run.
2 Players With Two Hits
Allen Craig and Skip Schumaker both had two hits in the inning. Craig came in as a pinch-hitter had two doubles. Schumaker had a double and a triple. According to Elias, the last time a team had two players with two extra-base hits in one inning was on October 4, 2009 when Johnny Damon and Alex Rodriguez did it for the New York Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays.
3 Consecutive Doubles
With two outs, David Freese, Jon Jay and Craig hit back-to-back-to-back doubles -- all off of Manny Corpas.
The Cardinals were given an extra out when Carlos Beltran struck out for what should have been the final out of the inning. However, Beltran reached first when Rafael Dolis' pitch got away from catcher Geovany Soto.
Craig (2), Beltran, Freese, Jay, Schumaker and Matt Holliday. That ties the major-league record for doubles in an inning. St. Louis shares the record with the Boston Bees, who had seven first-inning doubles against the Cardinals on Aug. 25, 1936.
8 Extra-Base Hits
St. Louis is the fourth team in major-league with eight extra-base hits in an inning, that also ties a major-league record. The Cardinals are the first team to do it in the seventh inning of a game since the 1883 Chicago White Stockings did it against the Detroit Wolverines.
For the game, the Cardinals finished with nine doubles and 10 extra-base hits. Compare that to the Washington Nationals, who did not have an extra-base hit in either game of their doubleheader on Saturday against the Atlanta Braves.