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Cardinals offensive explosion continues

During Friday night’s St. Louis Cardinals game, another lop-sided victory over the Dodgers in Los Angeles, researcher Tom Orf was pounding out the factoids, or should I say the tweets.

There was a lot to say. After all, the Cardinals offense blasted a season-high 19 hits in the 11-2 win. It marked the fifth straight game in which the Cardinals collected at least 14 hits and the fourth consecutive game in which they had 16 or more. It was the fifth straight game in which the Cardinals had scored at least eight runs.

The win was powered by Albert Pujols and Lance Berkman with two home runs each. It was the 40th multi-home run game of Albert’s career. Yadier Molina was on base five times, four via singles. Ryan Theriot extended his hitting streak to seven games and drove in one.

From the team perspective, St. Louis reached .500 for the first time this season at 7-7 and closed Cincinnati’s lead in the National League Central to 1 1/2 games.

Here is a sample of Orf’s points, preserved in their maximum 140-character splendor.

  • Cardinals most RBI from leadoff spot in 1st 14 games La Russa era: 7-Vina 2002, 6-Theriot 2011/Vina 2001/McGee 1996
  • Cardinals the 1st team since the 2000 Tigers with 15+ hits in 4 consecutive games and only 6th team since 1938 to do it
  • Cardinals most 4-hit games by a catcher 19-Simmons, 8-McCarver/W.Cooper/Molina
  • Now Cardinals one of only 3 teams since 1938 with 4 straight games of 16+ hits (10th since 1919)
  • Pujols 29th player in MLB history to have 40 multi-home run games
  • Pujols 25th time with HR in consecutive plate appearance & 1st time 2 Cardinals with HR in consecutive plate appearances in same game
  • Another one-last time the Cardinals scored 50 runs over 5 games, 1962, games 1-5(53) 2-6(51) 3-7(51) prior to that 1948

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