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Lopez’ and Carpenter’s Friday feats

Felipe Lopez' grand slam Friday (AP/Jeff Roberson)Felipe Lopez and Chris Carpenter powered the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-3 comeback win over the New York Mets Friday night at Busch Stadium. Each man’s feat was notable both in the context of the game and in team history.

The infielder belted a grand slam in the seventh inning that immediately transformed his club from a possible 1-0 loser into a 4-1 leader. It was Lopez’ fifth bases-loaded home run in his ten big league seasons and represented only the 12th Cardinal come-from-behind slam in the late innings in at least the last 56 years.

Cardinals grand slams after 6th inning- when trailing to put Cards ahead (1954-present)

Date Hitter Opponent Opposing pitcher Score Inn.
4/16/2010 Felipe Lopez NYM Raul Valdes down 0-1 b 7
7/3/2009 Albert Pujols @CIN David Weathers down 0-3 t 8
8/7/2005 David Eckstein ATL Chris Reitsma down 1-3 b 9
4/11/2000 Thomas Howard @HOU Chris Holt down 3-6 t 7
7/28/1998 Ray Lankford MIL Mike Myers down 5-8 b 8
8/26/1995 Danny Sheaffer @COL Bruce Ruffin down 1-3 t 9
8/15/1992 Andres Galarraga @MON John Wetteland down 2-4 t 8
5/1/1979 Roger Freed HOU Joe Sambito down 3-6 b11
9/3/1977 Keith Hernandez @SFG Gary Lavelle down 1-4 t 8
8/11/1970 Carl Taylor SDP Ron Herbel down 7-10 b 9
9/9/1962 Carl Sawatski @CIN Jim Brosnan down 1-3 t 9
5/21/1954 Stan Musial CIN Frank Smith down 2-5 b 7

The only run Carpenter, the team’s long-time ace, yielded in seven innings on Friday was unearned and he struck out 10 Mets. That marked the 13th time in his illustrious career he had fanned 10 or more hitters in a game.

Further, Carp has accumulated the club’s last six outings of at least seven innings pitched when allowing four or fewer hits, no earned runs and striking out ten or more opposing batters. The full list of 36 such performances from 1952 to present follows. Note the only name that appears more often than Carpenter is Hall of Famer Bob Gibson.

Cardinals pitchers – at least 7 IP, 4 or fewer hits, 0 earned runs, 10 or more strikeouts, game (1952-present)

Pitcher Date Opp Final Result IP H R ER BB SO
Chris Carpenter 4/16/2010 NYM W 4-3 GS-7 ,W 7 4 1 0 3 10
Chris Carpenter 9/7/2009 MIL W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 2 10
Chris Carpenter 5/25/2009 MIL L 0-1 GS-8 8 2 0 0 0 10
Chris Carpenter 6/13/2006 PIT W 2-1 GS-7 ,W 7 3 0 0 3 13
Chris Carpenter 6/25/2005 PIT W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 0 11
Chris Carpenter 6/14/2005 TOR W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 1 10
Matt Morris 9/3/2004 LAD W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 0 11
Matt Morris 4/5/2003 HOU L 1-2 GS-8 8 3 0 0 2 10
Darryl Kile 9/26/2001 HOU W 5-1 GS-7 ,W 7 4 0 0 2 10
Darren Oliver 8/3/1999 SDP W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 2 11
Todd Stottlemyre 5/11/1998 MIL W 7-0 GS-8 ,W 8 2 0 0 0 13
Alan Benes 5/16/1997 ATL L 0-1 GS-9 9 1 0 0 3 11
Todd Stottlemyre 5/15/1996 FLA W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 2 13
Rheal Cormier 1992-09-27 (1) PHI W 8-1 CG 9 ,W 9 4 1 0 0 10
Jose DeLeon 8/8/1990 CHC L 3-4 GS-8 8 3 0 0 1 10
Joe Magrane 6/22/1990 CHC W 7-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 3 11
Jose DeLeon 6/9/1989 CHC W 1-0 GS-8 ,W 8 3 0 0 2 10
Jose DeLeon 9/6/1988 MON W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 12
Bob Gibson 1974-06-24 (2) PIT W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 3 11
Bob Gibson 8/28/1971 CIN W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 13
Bob Gibson 8/14/1971 PIT W 11-0 SHO9 ,W 9 0 0 0 3 10
Bob Gibson 6/17/1970 SDP W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 2 13
Steve Carlton 5/11/1970 PHI W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 1 10
Bob Gibson 8/28/1968 PIT W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 3 14
Bob Gibson 8/19/1968 PHI W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 2 11
Bob Gibson 6/15/1968 CIN W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 0 13
Bob Gibson 5/2/1967 CIN W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 2 12
Bob Gibson 5/20/1964 CHC W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 0 12
Ernie Broglio 6/8/1963 NYM W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 3 10
Bob Gibson 8/8/1962 PIT W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 2 10
Ray Sadecki 1961-06-06 (2) CHC T 3-3 CG 10 10 3 3 0 9 10
Bob Gibson 1961-05-21 (2) CHC W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 4 11
Ernie Broglio 7/15/1960 CHC W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 2 14
Vinegar Bend Mizell 5/15/1959 PHI W 8-2 CG 9 ,W 9 4 2 0 1 10
Harvey Haddix 1954-06-13 (1) PIT W 5-0 9 3 0 0 0 10
Vinegar Bend Mizell 6/21/1952 BSN W 9-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 6 11

As always, special thanks to Tom Orf for pulling the historical data shown above.

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