My true love gave to me, eight maids a milking.
Here are eight times the St. Louis Cardinals milked the score into double digits. Ranked by Dugout Dish.
8. April 20, 2019. New York Mets v. St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Dugout Dish had a golden opportunity to actually be at this game. While Chelsea sat in despair, clothed in a Mr. Met shirt, Rachael enjoyed her outing sitting near the Mikolas family. Things quickly began going wrong for the Mets when it was announced that Chris Flexen would start while Jacob deGrom healed and found himself healthy again — things would continue to go south for the New York team as the pitching staff allowed 10 hits.
7. April 11, 2019. Los Angeles Dodgers v. St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
One of Dugout’s favorite relief pitchers Giovanny Gallegos earned his first win on this day. The Cardinals were riding high despite the pitching staff giving up three home runs. St. Louis found its first four-game sweep of Los Angeles since 2010.
6. September 13, 2019. Milwaukee Brewers v. St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
When the first pitch was thrown, everyone held their breath for a second. At this time, Milwaukee continued to creep behind St. Louis like an unwanted solicitor, pestering the birds and trying to distract them from keeping first place in the NL Central. While the rest of the weekend would play out differently, the Friday night game between the Brewers and the Cardinals was nothing short of spectacular.
5. August 11, 2019. Pittsburgh Pirates v. St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Ah, you know this game. The game that proved if Lane Thomas was given more starts, he could be lethal to his opponents. In typical Cards and Pirates fashion, the game was cat and mouse until the bottom of the seventh — 3-2 count, two outs, and Thomas proving that he isn’t just another outfielder for the Cardinals. No, he’s worth a lot more than just a “bench piece” for the team. Dexter Fowler would put the number 11 up on the scoreboard for the final blow of the day.
4. August 26, 2019. St. Louis Cardinals v. Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.
The day before Chelsea’s birthday and yes, she still looks at this win as a birthday present from the Cardinals. Paul DeJong and Yadier Molina shined brightly. This would also be the last game of the season for Lane Thomas after Ray Black went a little and hit Thomas on the wrist.
3. July 19, 2019. St. Louis Cardinals v. Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park.
“Pick me up,” said Adam Wainwright after allowing seven runs in the first four innings. And that’s exactly what his boys did. Scoring 10 runs in the top of the sixth inning, this game felt like a fever dream and a daydream mixed together. It wouldn’t be a signature Carlos Martínez game without feeling like you’ve had a heart attack in the ninth inning — despite giving up two runs, CMart earned the save. Talk about a rollercoaster.
2. May 9, 2019. Pittsburgh Pirates v. St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
This seemed to be a game of “what went right” and “what went wrong,” for both the Cardinals and the Pirates. In what would eventually lead to the Cardinals demise in the postseason, the offense woke up and shined brightly on this day. Still blows my mind — there were no home runs hit from the Cardinals side on this day and yet, they won 17-4.
1. October 9, 2019. St. Louis Cardinals v. Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park.
Did you expect any other game to take first place? Despite what came after this historic night, the Cardinals were flying high. A total of 10 runs in the first inning seemed impossible but that’s the beauty of baseball, the impossible is always possible. Not to mention, Jack Flaherty tangoed with Ronald Acuña Jr. after drama had been boiling up the entire series. The ‘birds might have floundered in the NLCS, but on October 9, 2019, they were kings.
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