Troke Notes: Cardinals get homer-happy vs. D-backs

Stats from June 6th vs Diamondbacks

– Shelby Miller’s home shutout streak ended in the 1st inning at 21.2 innings

– Miller allowed 2 earned runs in the 1st inning for the 2nd time in his last 3 starts (allowed 2 1st inning runs in LA on May 26th)

– After a rough start to the season, Daniel Descalso has been on a tear…

DANIEL DESCALSO SINCE MAY 21ST

14-FOR-30  
.467 AVG
5 DOUBLES
2 HR
13 RBI**
9 RUNS
.514 OBP
**TIED WITH CRAIG AND BELTRAN FOR TEAM LEAD SINCE MAY 21ST

– Miller picked up his 1st hit of the season in the 3rd inning, snapping a 0-for-22 skid

– Yadier Molina has been raking all season, but he’s hitting close to .500 over the past 2 weeks

YADIER MOLINA SINCE MAY 22ND
21-FOR-45
.467 AVG
2 HR
5 DOUBLES
10 RBI
9 RUNS
1.201 OPS

– Ian Kennedy allowed a career-high 13 hits… his previous high was 10 hits (5 times)

IAN KENNEDY THURSDAY NIGHT VS CARDINALS
4.0 INNINGS PITCHED
13 HITS ALLOWED **
10 RUNS ALLOWED**
10 ER ALLOWED**
3 HR ALLOWED**
**SET OR MATCHED A CAREER-HIGH

– Kennedy’s career ERA against the Cardinals is one of the highest among active players

HIGHEST CAREER ERA VS CARDINALS (ACTIVE PITCHERS, MIN. 25 IP)
JORDAN ZIMMERMANN – 9.12
IAN KENNEDY – 9.00
MAT LATOS – 6.85
JA HAPP – 6.79

– The 8 runs allowed by Kennedy are the 2nd most he’s allowed in his career… he allowed 9 runs against the Cardinals on April 13, 2011

IAN KENNEDY MOST RUNS ALLOWED BY START (CAREER)
DATE        OPPONENT        RUNS ALLOWED
TONIGHT    ST. LOUIS            10
4/13/11    ST. LOUIS               9
7/5/10        CHICAGO CUBS    7
7/3/11        OAKLAND              7
5/8/12        ST. LOUIS             6
**10 OTHERS TIED AT 6

– Kennedy’s overall numbers against the Cardinals are not very good…

IAN KENNEDY CAREER VS CARDINALS

6 STARTS
2-4 RECORD
33.0 INNINGS PITCHED
33 ER ALLOWED
9.00 ERA
9 HR ALLOWED
24 XBH ALLOWED

– Shelby Miller hit his 1st career homerun… he’s the 7th Cardinals rookie pitcher to hit a homerun, since 1967

CARDINALS ROOKIE PITCHER WITH HOMERUNS (SINCE 1967)
YEAR        PITCHER
1972        DON DURHAM
1987        JOE MAGRANE
1990        OMAR OLIVARES
2000        RICK ANKIEL
2006        ADAM WAINWRIGHT
2008        MARK WORRELL
2013        SHELBY MILLER

– 22-year old Shelby Miller is the youngest Cardinals pitcher to hit a homerun since Rick Ankiel in 2000 (20 years old)

– The Cardinals hit 5 homeruns in a game at home for the 1st time since June 24, 2005 vs. Pittsburgh at Busch Stadium II

– The Cardinals had 5 different players hit a homerun at home for the 1st time since April 9, 2000 vs. Milwaukee (Renteria, Dunston, McGwire, Paquette, Edmonds, and Drew)

– The Cardinals scored 12+ runs and allowed 8+ runs in a game for the 1st time since April 23, 2009 against the Mets

– Thursday night’s game was the 11th time since 1921 the Cardinals hit 5 or more homeruns in a home game

CARDINALS ALL-TIME 5+ HOMERUN GAMES AT HOME
DATE        OPPONENT        
5/7/1940    BROOKLYN    (7 HR)
9/8/1940    PITTSBURGH    
5/2/1954    NY GIANTS        
4/14/1955    MILWAUKEE    
7/1/1994    COLORADO        
4/14/1998    ARIZONA
8/14/1998    PITTSBURGH
4/9/2000    MILWAUKEE (6 HR)
9/20/2000    HOUSTON
6/24/2005    PITTSBURGH
6/6/2013    ARIZONA

– David Freese and Matt Carpenter are the 1st pair of Cardinals teammates with 15+ game hitting streaks at the same time since 1979

MULTIPLE CARDINALS WITH 15+ GAME HITTING STREAKS AT SAME TIME (SINCE 1950)

YEAR        PLAYERS (HITTING STREAKS)
2013        MATT CARPENTER (15), DAVID FREESE (16)
1979        GEORGE HENDRICK (15), GARRY TEMPLETON (15)
1971        LOU BROCK (20), MATTY ALOU (16)
1969        VADA PINSON (20), CURT FLOOD (19)
1954        RIP REPULSKI (16), RED SCHOENDIENST (18)

– This is the 5th tandem in baseball since 2009 with 15 game hitting streaks at the same time

LAST 5 MLB TEAMMATES WITH 15+ GAME HIT STREAKS AT SAME TIME
2009    NATIONALS        CHRISTIAN GUZMAN (17), RYAN ZIMMERMAN (15)
2009    RED SOX        VICTOR MARTINEZ (23), DUSTIN PEDROIA (16)
2011    ROYALS        JEFF FRANCOEUR (15), ALEX GORDON (19)
2011     BRAVES        DAN UGGLA (27), FREDDIE FREEMAN (20)
2013    CARDINALS        DAVID FREESE (16), MATT CARPENTER (15)

– Allen Craig also has a 10-game hitting streak… it’s the 5th time since 1971 that 3 Cardinals had 10 game streaks at the same time

LAST 5 TIMES 3 CARDINALS HAD 10+ GAME HIT STREAKS AT SAME TIME
1971    T. SIMMONS (12), M. ALOU (10), L. BROCK (14)
1971    J. CARDENAL (12), M. ALOU (16), L. BROCK (20)
1979    G. HENDRICK (12), G. TEMPLETON (12), K. HERNANDEZ (14)
2008    R. ANKIEL (10), A. MILES (15), Y. MOLINA (10)
2013    A. CRAIG (10), M. CARPENTER (15), D. FREESE (16)

– Shelby Miller allowed 2 runs in 6 solid innings to keep his ERA at 2nd best in baseball and tops in the NL

MLB ERA LEADERS THIS SEASON

CLAY BUCCHOLZ – 1.62
SHELBY MILLER – 1.91
CLAYTON KERSHAW – 1.93
HISASHI IWAKUMA – 1.94
PATRICK CORBIN – 2.06

– Miller struck out 9 batters without issuing a walk, and his81 strikeouts are 6th most in the NL…

NL STRIKEOUT LEADERS

AJ BURNETT – 94
CLAYTON KERSHAW – 91
JEFF SAMARDZIJA – 91
MATT HARVEY – 89
ADAM WAINWRIGHT – 84
SHELBY MILLER – 81

– 3 different Matt’s homered for the Cardinals tonight… it’s the first time 3 players with the same first name homered in a game since August 15, 2008 (3 Chris’s homered for Arizona)

– After splitting with Arizona, the Cardinals have still only lost 2 series all season

– the Cardinals have hammered Arizona with the longball in recent years…
CARDINALS HOMERUNS BY SERIES VS ARIZONA (SINCE 2010)
APRIL 19-21, 2010        7 HR IN 3 GAMES
JUN 11-13, 2010           2 HR IN 3 GAMES
JUNE 28-30, 2010         2 HR IN 3 GAMES
APRIL 11-13, 2011        8 HR IN 3 GAMES
JULY 7-10, 2011           4 HR IN 4 GAMES
MAY 7-9, 2012              8 HR IN 3 GAMES
AUGUST 14-16, 2012    4 HR IN 3 GAMES
APRIL 1-3, 2013           4 HR IN 3 GAMES
THIS SERIES                 9 HR IN 4 GAMES

– The Cardinals entered this series averaging just 0.77 HR/game… after hitting 9 homeruns in 4 games, they’re averaging 0.87 HR/game

– Matt Carpenter is on a 5 game multi-hit streak, matching a Jon Jay streak from early May for the longest by a Cardinal this season

CARDINALS LONGEST MULTI-HIT GAME STREAKS LAST 25 SEASONS (SINCE 1989)
YEAR        PLAYER            CONS. GAMES W/ 2 HITS
2011        LANCE BERKMAN        7
1995        RAY LANKFORD           7
1989        JOSE OQUENDO         7
2010        ALBERT PUJOLS          6
1997        JOHN MABRY               6
1992        BERNARD GILKEY        6
2013        JON JAY                      5
2013        MATT CARPENTER       5
**25 OTHERS TIED AT 5

– Carpenter is hitting .565 during his 5 game multi-hit streak

MATT CARPENTER LAST 5 GAMES
13-FOR-23
.565 AVG
4 XBH
6 RUNS
.615 OBP