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)
The Rays acquired right-handed reliever Sergio Romo from the Dodgers, the teams announced Saturday night. Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash hinted that the team was in on Romo during the offseason, but couldn’t quite make a deal happen at the time. The righty reliever was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Thursday and will net the club cash considerations or a player to be named later.
Romo, 34, struggled to find his footing in his first season with the Dodgers. He left a closing role in San Francisco to play set-up man to established closer Kenley Jansen, and saw mixed results on the mound with a 6.12 ERA, 4.3 BB/9 and 11.2 SO/9 through his first 25 innings of 2017. It’s a far cry from the sub-3.00 ERA he maintained in 2015 and 2016, but the Rays don’t seem to have ruled out a second-half surge just yet.
The veteran right-hander is expected to step into a bullpen that already boasts a solid core of right-handed relievers, including Alex Colome, Brad Boxberger, Erasmo Ramirez, Chase Whitley and Tommy Hunter. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rays were intrigued by Romo’s extensive postseason experience, affordability and hefty strikeout rate, but will likely continue to hunt for additional bullpen depth in the weeks to come.
Astros’ third baseman Colin Moran was carted off the field on Saturday night after a foul ball caught him in the left eye. He was forced to leave in the sixth inning when a pitch from Orioles’ right-handed reliever Darren O'Day ricocheted off the handle of his bat and struck him in the face, causing considerable bleeding and bruising around his eye. The full extent of his injury has yet to be reported by the team.
Prior to the injury, Moran was 1-for-2 with a base hit in the third inning. He was relieved by pinch-hitter/third baseman Marwin Gonzalez, who polished off the end of the at-bat by catapulting a three-run homer onto Eutaw Street.
Evan Gattis and Carlos Beltran combined for another two runs in the ninth inning, bringing the Astros to a four-run lead as they look toward their 65th win of the season. They currently lead the Orioles 7-4 in the bottom of the ninth.