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Cardinals extend MLB lead in stingy seven inning starts

No team has more seven or more inning starts with no or one run allowed this season than the St. Louis Cardinals.

Chris Carpenter (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)By going eight innings Wednesday night, allowing just one run to defeat the Cincinnati Reds for the eighth consecutive time, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Chris Carpenter increased to his team’s MLB-leading total to 15 games in which the starter went at least seven innings and allowed one or no runs.

With his fourth of the season, Carp joined injured Brad Penny and Adam Wainwright for the team lead. Jaime Garcia has two and Kyle Lohse one.

Note the pitch counts on the right. Despite going deep into games, other than Carpenter’s two most recent starts, the other 13 outings have been under 110 pitches. Hopefully that will pay off later.

Coming into Wednesday, five clubs trailed the Cardinals staff with 13 of these starts – Toronto, San Francisco, the Yankees, the Angels and Colorado.

Cardinals starting pitchers going 7+ innings and allowing 1 run or less, 2010

# Player Date Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR Pit
1 Brad Penny 4/8/2010 CIN L 1-2 GS-7 7 6 1 1 2 4 0 100
2 Adam Wainwright 4/12/2010 HOU W 5-0 GS-8 ,W 8 6 0 0 1 7 0 105
3 Brad Penny 4/14/2010 HOU W 2-1 GS-7 ,W 7 3 1 0 0 4 0 89
4 Chris Carpenter 4/16/2010 NYM W 4-3 GS-7 ,W 7 4 1 0 3 10 0 106
5 Jaime Garcia 4/17/2010 NYM L 1-2 GS-7 7 1 0 0 2 5 0 97
6 Brad Penny 4/25/2010 SFG W 2-0 GS-8 ,W 7 8 0 0 0 2 0 99
7 Jaime Garcia 4/28/2010 ATL W 6-0 GS-7 ,W 7 4 0 0 1 5 0 102
8 Kyle Lohse 5/1/2010 CIN W 6-3 GS-7 7 5 1 1 0 8 0 90
9 Chris Carpenter 5/2/2010 CIN W 6-0 GS-7 ,W 7 2 0 0 3 8 0 100
10 Adam Wainwright 5/4/2010 PHI L 1-2 GS-8 8 4 1 1 2 6 0 109
11 Brad Penny 5/11/2010 HOU L 3-6 GS-7 ,L 7 7 4 0 0 3 0 93
12 Chris Carpenter 5/18/2010 WSN W 3-2 GS-8 ,W 8 9 2 1 0 5 1 118
13 Adam Wainwright 5/25/2010 SDP L 0-1 GS-7 ,L 7 4 1 1 1 12 1 102
14 Adam Wainwright 5/30/2010 CHC W 9-1 GS-7 ,W 7 7 1 1 2 8 1 107
15 Chris Carpenter 6/2/2010 CIN W 4-1 GS-8 ,W 8 4 1 1 0 4 0 112

Thanks to researcher Tom Orf for providing the data table shown above.

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