Cards use 12-run 7th to blank CubsJul 22, 2012 - 2:49 AM
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 frame.
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.
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.
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.
- CHICAGO: 0
ST. LOUIS: 12
Jul 21 10:15 PM
- Carlos Beltran struck out, but advances to first on a wild pitch. On the play, Matt Holliday advances to third. Runners on first and third with two outs and Yadier Molina due up.
Cubs 0, Cardinals 12 Bot 7, 2 OutsJul 21 9:47 PM
- Skip Schumaker double to left scored Allen Craig with two out. On the play, Rafael Furcal advances to third. Runners on second and third and Matt Holliday due up.
Cubs 0, Cardinals 10 Bot 7, 2 OutsJul 21 9:44 PM
- Pinch-Hitter Allen Craig double to right scored Jon Jay with two out. Runner on second and Rafael Furcal due up.
Cubs 0, Cardinals 9 Bot 7, 2 OutsJul 21 9:34 PM
- David Freese doubled to right scored Matt Holliday and Carlos Beltran with two out. On the play, Yadier Molina advances to third. Runners on second and third and Jon Jay due up.
Cubs 0, Cardinals 6 Bot 7, 2 OutsJul 21 9:32 PM
- Carlos Beltran double to right scored Skip Schumaker with one out. On the play, Matt Holliday advances to third. Runners on second and third and Yadier Molina due up.
Cubs 0, Cardinals 4 Bot 7, 1 OutJul 21 9:24 PM
- CHICAGO: 0
ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Jul 21 7:16 PM
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