ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals totaled 15 runs in their six-game trip to open the second half. They threatened that total in a single inning against the Chicago Cubs.
Jake Westbrook worked seven innings of three-hit ball and the Cardinals finally backed him — and then some — by tying a 76-year-old major league record with seven doubles in seventh inning of a 12-0 victory on Saturday night.
“I knew my spot was coming up hitting so I knew I was probably done,” Westbrook said. “I just wanted to hopefully get some runs there, and we did. It was a fun inning.”
Rafael Furcal’s go-ahead single in the seventh turned out to be a mere appetizer as the Cardinals also matched an 86-year-old franchise record for runs in an inning. St. Louis totaled 10 hits with multiple hits by three players including pinch-hitter Allen Craig, who doubled twice with an RBI.
“It was crazy. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that in the big leagues,” Craig said. “I came into the game in a big spot and I was glad I could make something happen, and the rest of the guys took it from there.”
The Cardinals managed five hits the first six innings before jumping on Justin Germano (0-1) and three other relievers. They tied the major record for doubles in an inning by the Boston Bees at St. Louis in the first inning of Game 1 of a doubleheader on Aug. 25, 1936.
They tied the franchise record for runs in an inning set Sept. 16, 1926, against the Phillies, in the third inning of the opener of a doubleheader in Philadelphia.
“We’ve had some against us that felt like 12,” manager Mike Matheny said. “You look at this offense and they can come in bundles.
“It’s nice to see the guys, too, just keep putting good at-bats together no matter how many runs we’ve had or how many hits they’ve had already.”