It is rough enough that the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the visiting Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, but seeing the many missed scoring opportunities made it all the worse.
The Cardinals offense plated just one run despite rapping out 11 hits. Adam Wainwright pitched well for St. Louis, but took the loss primarily due to the lack of cover from the hitters. (Shane Robinson, pictured, went 0-for-4, stranding four.)
Curious about the rarity of such team-based futility, I asked researcher Tom Orf to identify how often the Cards collected 11 or more hits when scoring either no runs or one run.
The answer is just 41 times in team history, including 24 since 1960. Tuesday was just the third occurrence in the last 15 years, though the team had two in Tony La Russa’s second season managing the club, 1997. The most recent two dozen are listed below, along with the game in which the team had the most hits in a nine-inning contest, 15, on June 14, 1951.
Not surprisingly, these one- or no-run, high-hitting endeavors almost always conclude with a loss. To be specific, the Cardinals were just 2-39 in these contests. Noted in the table are the two wins. The first was in 1919 with the second being the most recent game of the 40 prior to Tuesday.
In that outing, the team’s other ace, Chris Carpenter, avoided being the victim of the minimal run support, but had to be almost perfect to do so. On June 23, 2010, Carpenter allowed just three hits in eight innings, followed by a one-hit frame from closer Ryan Franklin as the Cards shut out Toronto, 1-0.
St. Louis Cardinals, one or no runs on 11 or more hits, 1960-current (with two earlier additions)