National League Game Summary - Chicago at St. Louis|
(Saturday, July 21st)
Final Score: St. Louis 12, Chicago 0
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - What was shaping up as a pitchers' duel took
a sharper turn than any Hollywood blockbuster.
The Cardinals broke open a scoreless game with a 12-run seventh inning in
which they tied a major league record with seven doubles, going on to blank
the Chicago Cubs, 12-0, Saturday night.
Carlos Beltran, David Freese, Jon Jay, Skip Schumaker and Matt Holliday all
doubled while Allen Craig delivered a pair of two-baggers in the record-tying
Jake Westbrook (8-8) received the win after tossing seven scoreless inning on
three hits and two walks. Westbrook added five strikeouts for the Cardinals,
who have won the first two of the three-game series.
Justin Germano (0-1) took the loss in his Cubs debut. Starter Matt Garza left
after tossing three scoreless frames due to cramping in his right triceps and
Germano came on to toss three-plus inning of solid relief. He gave up one run
on four hits.
"Anything to do with your elbow area as a pitcher you get nervous," Garza
said. "I'm still young, so I wanted to take the precaution and I said
The Cardinals did most of their damage against James Russell, who entered the
game with a 2.45 earned run average. That number, however, ballooned to 3.63
after the left-hander allowed six runs in two-thirds of an inning.
Freese started the seventh with a base hit. After Jay was unable to lay down a
bunt, Craig started the doubles barrage with a line drive into the left-field
corner. Rafael Furcal shot a single past a drawn-in infield to give the
Cardinals the lead before Schumaker broke the game open with a two-run triple
off the base of the center-field fence. Holliday worked a walk before Beltran
dropped a ground-rule double down the right-field line to make it 4-0.
After Lance Berkman popped up with the bases loaded for the second out of the
inning, the game unraveled for Chicago. Freese, Jay and Craig strung together
three straight doubles and, after Furcal walked, Schumaker and Holliday
delivered two more to cap the scoring.
"I'm a firm believer that hitting is contagious," said Freese. "Obviously,
innings like that don't come around very often, but when you can string hits
together it keeps the train moving and a lot of the time that is how you get
In total, St. Louis sent 17 hitters to the plate, tied a franchise record with
12 runs in an inning and took a place next to the Boston Bees, who also ripped
seven doubles in an inning on Aug. 25, 1936, against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals have won 12 of their last 16 against the Cubs at Busch
Stadium...Freese is 11-for-26 since the All-Star break with four extra-base
hits...Westbrook is 2-0 with a 2.39 ERA against the Cubs in three starts in
2012 (five earned runs in 19 innings)...St. Louis went 8-for-18 with runners
in scoring position and left nine men on base...Chicago went 0-for-3 with RISP
while stranding six.
07/22 00:55:20 ET