By the Numbers: 19 innings, 1 loss

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

There is a lot covered here in the gamestory from Sunday’s 6-3 loss to the Pirates. But there’s also much that couldn’t make the word count cut. So here are some leftovers numbers (and thoughts) to ponder:

19: The game was the Cardinals’ longest (in terms of innings) since losing to the Mets in April 2010. Who started that game for St. Louis? None other than Sunday’s starter, Jaime Garcia.

10: The number of strikeouts Garcia had to set a new career-high. Coupled with no walks, he becomes the first Cardinals lefty since Rick Ankiel (2000) to have at least 10 strikeouts with issuing a walk. Ankiel did so in a game against… of course, Pittsburgh. The last Cardinals lefty with 10 strikeouts in a game was Mark Mulder (2005).

3: The number of stolen bases Carlos Beltran had after the 13th inning. He has stolen three bases in a game four times now in his career. He last accomplished the feat in 2008.

1: The number of hits the Cardinals had with runners in scoring position. In all, the club went 11-for-68. Jon Jay, Allen Craig, Beltranand Yadier Molina each had two hits.

7: The number of hitless at-bats Matt Holliday collected. It marked the second time he’s gone 0-for-7 in his career. It could have been worse though: David Freese finished 0-for-8, dropping his average from .300 to .294 in one day.

14: The number of RBIs Pedro Alvarez has against the Cardinals this year. He was 0-for-5 on the day before hitting a 19th-inning, game-changing home run.

87: The number of pitches Joe Kelly threw… in relief. He had thrown fewer pitches that than in four of his starts this season. As a result of the workload, the Cardinals are certainly going to be without his services for at least part of (if not all of) the next series. Fortunately, though, the rest of the Cardinals’ bullpen should be in pretty good shape with the help of tomorrow’s off-day. No one else in the ‘pen had to pitch more than an inning on Sunday.

5: The number of starting pitchers used in this game. There were the game starters Garcia and Jeff Karstens, of course. Then there was Pittsburgh’s Wandy Rodriguez, who was scheduled to start on Monday. Also appearing were Pirates’ James McDonald and Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright. Those two both pinch-hit. And each reached base safely. McDonald singled. Wainwright drew a walk.

9: The number of innings Daniel Descalso — who was inserted into the game as a pinch-runner in the 9th — played at first base. He had previously played all of eight innings at the position in his career.

48: The number of innings the Cardinals have now gone without hitting a home run. The last one came in the 5th inning of Wednesday’s win over Arizona.

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3 Comments

You left out #3: The number of games Barrett Browning has blown for the Cards recently. 2 in the last series vs. the Phillies and this one. i’ve seen enough to know that I have seen too much……. Thanks for the blog JL.

How much longer is our no experance manager Matheny going to ke playing charley no hussel skip schumaker

i havent been thrilled with every decision matheny has made, But good Gosh people give him a break. thats how you learn. this season isnt over yet and dont forget we had some devastating injuries starting with losing Carp for the whole year. losing Garcia for 2 months and Wayno just coming off Tommy John surgery..Losing Tont and Albert was bad but think of what we have.we couldnt ask Beltran to do any more than he has done.Holliday is having a good year.and with the injuiries the pitching staff has still been awesome.as a matter of fact i am going to ask mathgeny for a job I have an idea for another coacxh that could help this club or any club but going to pitch it to the cards my team

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