Thursday, August 9, 2012
Inside rare lopsided shutout of Cardinals
Marco Scutaro drove in a career-high seven runs as the San Francisco Giants blanked the St. Louis Cardinals 15-0 on Wednesday night.
Scutaro capped the scoring with a ninth-inning grand slam. Before Wednesday's outburst, that single hit would have matched his career high of four RBIs in a game.
From the Elias Sports Bureau, at 36 years and 283 days old, Scutaro is the oldest player in Giants history with seven or more RBIs in a game. The previous record holder was Phil Weintraub, who drove in 11 runs against the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 30, 1944, at a younger 36 years old.
Scutaro wasn’t the only one working his way into the record book Wednesday.
The loss was the second-largest shutout loss in franchise history for the Cardinals. The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cardinals 19-0 at Busch Stadium on Aug. 3, 1961.
It also is rare for a defending World Series champion to face such a large whitewashing. According to Elias, the last defending champ to suffer a worse shutout loss was the Pirates in 1926.
This was the second game to end in a large shutout win on the night, with the Miami Marlins beating the New York Mets 13-0 at Citi Field.
Elias notes that Wednesday was only the second day in major league history on which there were two shutouts in which the winning teams scored at least 13 runs. On June 9, 1915, the Chicago White Sox defeated the New York Yankees 13-0, and the Detroit Tigers blanked the Boston Red Sox 15-0.
The San Francisco offense likes getting away from AT&T Park. The Giants scored five runs in the sixth inning, and four runs each in the eighth and ninth.
It was the seventh time this season that the Giants scored at least five runs in an inning, and all seven were in road games. In addition, eight of their 12 four-run innings have been away from home.
On the pitching side of the shutout, Ryan Vogelsong threw seven scoreless innings to pick up the win. He has gone at least six innings in each of his past 22 starts, the longest active streak in the majors.
Elias informs us that the last Giants pitcher to throw at least six innings in more consecutive games was Bill Swift, who made it 24 straight games in 1993.