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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jul 22, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

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The St. Louis offense awoke with a bang in the seventh inning of Saturday evening’s game against the rival Cubs. And what followed was historical.

The Cardinals poured in 12 runs, tying a franchise record set in 1926, before pinch-hitter Tony Cruz struck out swinging to end the frame. They tallied seven doubles in the inning — tying a major league record set in 1936 by the Boston Bees. And they notched a total of eight extra-base hits — becoming the fourth MLB team to ever accomplish that feat.

The Cards are still five games back in the National League Central standings and three games back in the National League Wild Card hunt, but they showed the kind of weapons they have on Saturday at Busch Stadium and should be a team to watch down the stretch.

David Freese finished 3-for-5 with two RBI and is now batting .304 with an .865 OPS on the year. Matt Holliday also drove in two runs. He has a .921 season OPS. Skip Schumaker doubled and tripled.

Your Saturday recaps and box scores:

Braves 4, Nationals 0 (Game 1)

Dodgers 8, Mets 5

Rangers 9, Angels 2

White Sox 1, Tigers 7

Giants 6, Phillies 5 (10 innings)

Orioles 3, Indians 1

Marlins 1, Pirates 5

Braves 2, Nationals 5 (Game 2)

Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 3

Twins 3, Royals 7

Brewers 2, Reds 6

Mariners 2, Rays 1

Cubs 0, Cardinals 12

Astros 3, Diamondbacks 12

Yankees 1, Athletics 2

Rockies 8, Padres 6 (12 innings)

  1. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:09 AM

    The picture tells it all Drew. Congratulations to St. Louis.

    • Old Gator - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

      The joys of the unbalanced schedule. See, Grubbies, you can’t play the Feesh all the time.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    As far as the Jays are concerned, they continue to fight despite the loss of a few key parts. Lawrie returned to action following his failed effort to fly through to air with the greatest of ease. He had 3 RBI’s. The slugger now known as THE BIG E rather than e5, tied the game with his 26th dinger. Once Arencibia gave the Jays the lead, the Red Sox pen wilted under the pressure. Villanueva got the win and has pitched well since he was moved from the pen to the rotation. Both Happ and Lyon were successful in their Blue Jay debut.

    • cur68 - Jul 22, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      “The Big E”, eh? Gonna have to see how that looks in the flow of things, I guess. “E5” is so much easier and a tribute to his struggles last season. Well, who cares? Word to your moms he came to hit bombs: ball left the park and another nice car was damaged in what appears to be the Red Sox Player Parking Lot. This time it looked like a BMW took a ball off the fender, courtesy of The Big Easy.

      I don’t know it the Mighty Beav won this so much as Valentine’s use of his bullpen lost the game. Miller was the guy he should have gone to after Cook, but BV decided to get cute with the pitchers looking for matchups and got burned with Albers. Miller was outstanding: has unhittable stuff, great velocity, and eats lefty hitting for breakfast. He’s your long reliever unless you plan to lose the game.

  3. Old Gator - Jul 22, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    The Feesh made a little recent history yesterday, when Krazy Karlos Lamebraino melted down in the fourth inning and allowed four runs without a hit. Yes, that’s four – count ’em – as in two hit batsmen, an error, three walks (plus a fourth by reliever Gaudin), two of which came with the bases loaded, and two sacrifices. First time it’s been done in a lot of years. Memorable. To his credit, Karlos remained calm during a frank discussion of his shortcomings with the beat reporters afterwards (Kerouac and Cassidy are working for the Feesh now – Scrooge McLoria found out he didn’t need to add reanimateds to the group health policy). One of his comments was something to the effect that he needs to do things differently somehow. Tu piensas? He reminded me of a Venezuelan Jose Jimenez. I suppose the Feesh must have Lamebraino on that same powder I give our strange Hemingway hound, Fido, to calm him down before we crate him for his trips to the vet to get his fangs pared.

    This is unfortunate, in a way, because the sad sack Rainbow Warriors could definitely use someone smashing a water cooler to smithereens to wake them up. Justin Ruggiano accounted for the Feesh’s offense with a solo homer, while his compadres went 0-6 with RISP.

    Incidentally, the Bucs went 0-12 with RISP, but they didn’t have to hit.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 22, 2012 at 10:14 AM

      Great review of the tragedy that unfolded in front of you. A real Mid Summers Night bad dream. I am sure that Marlins fans had a long cry in their Pina Coladas or whatever they drink down there.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Jul 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    And the Yankees once again show what happens when you can’t generate offense without hitting a bunch of HRs and are unable to move baserunners along, etc… I can’t possibly see how this can come back to bite them in, let’s say, a 5 game playoff series. Nope, nothing to see here Please, move along…

  5. APBA Guy - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    The Yankees looked like they still couldn’t believe what was happening to them: three rookie pitchers, only one walk allowed, over 3 games. How do you wear out the starter when they keep throwing strikes and mixing speeds? Hughes was really good also, but the A’s are in one of those streaks where a mistake gets crushed. Cespedes hit a centered fastball that left the yard looking more like a TOW missile than a baseball. But Inge’s HR was on a much smaller mistake, a matter of a few inches of missed location. Unfortunately for Hughes the error was again towards the center of the plate.

    Three straight wins, all by one run. None of us A’s fans saw this coming.

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