Many St. Louis Cardinals fans had to be encouraged by the club’s consistent offensive output Monday night at Busch Stadium. The hitters battered Colorado pitching on the way to a 9-3 final score. The primary damage was inflicted during the fifth through eighth frames as the Cards crossed the plate each frame, scoring seven runs.
Still, I was curious about the latter. How often recently have the Cardinals scored in at least four consecutive innings? Researcher Tom Orf looked up the data for 2011 and 2012 to date.
It occurred three prior times this season and five times last year. Not surprisingly, St. Louis won each game. At least two of them were huge wins.
The five in 2011 included two games on MLB’s biggest stage, the World Series. The last time that season the Cards scored in four consecutive innings was from the eighth through the 11th inning in Game Six, the classic Freese Game.
In Game Three of the 2011 Fall Classic, St. Louis had plated runners in six consecutive frames, the longest showing during the period. Another best is the first four innings of that scoring having been made up of crooked numbers.