7/21 Numbers game
You needed a calculator to keep up with the Cardinals seventh inning Saturday night. They sent 17 batters to the plate, totaled 10 hits, including seven doubles, and 12 runs in one inning en route to a 12-0 victory over the Cubs.
“You look at their lineup and something like that — not that extreme — but that’s a tough lineup to get through with the switch hitters and the quality hitters they’ve got,” Dale Sveum said.
* The 12 runs and 10 hits were both season highs against the Cubs for a single inning. Unfortunately, it hasn’t been that long since the Cubs gave up a dozen runs in one inning. Flash back to July 30, 2010, against the Rockies. Colorado scored 12 runs on 13 hits in the eighth in a 17-2 win. Before that game against the Rockies, the last time the Cubs gave up 12 runs in one inning was when Montreal scored a dozen on Sept. 24, 1985, in the eighth.
* The Cardinals’ seven doubles in the seventh tied a Major League record for most doubles in one inning, set Aug. 25, 1936, by the Boston Bees, in the first inning of a doubleheader.
* The dozen runs were the highest run total by any team this season, and equaled the Cardinals club record for runs in a single inning.
* The Cardinals finished with nine doubles in the game. The last time they did that was July 12, 1931, against — who else? — the Cubs. St. Louis hit 13 doubles in that one.
“I’m a firm believer that hitting is contagious,” St. Louis’ David Freese said. “Obviously, innings like that don’t come around that often. When you can string hits together, it keeps the train moving and a lot of the times it’s how you get big innings because guys just stay focused and they keep pushing.”
— Carrie Muskat