Most runs scored in an inning in MLB History
The St. Louis Cardinals had an eight-run top of the ninth against the Arizona Diamondbacks to win their sixth straight game where Albert Pujols hit two HRs.
The St. Louis Cardinals crushed the Arizona Diamondbacks 16-7 on over the weekend, and did so using a monster ninth inning.
Goldschmidt opens and closes the scoring
Going into top of the ninth inning, the Cardinals led by one run, but exploded for eight runs to extend their lead going into the bottom of the ninth. It was Paul Goldschmidt who got the top half of the inning off on the right foot with a lead off single against Mark Melancon.
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A single from Nolan Gorman drove Goldschmidt home to make it 9-7, and then Paul Dejong busted the game wide open with a grand slam to stretch the league to six runs. The Cardinals weren’t done just yet. After leading off the inning, Goldschmidt got one more at bat and jacked a three run homer off of Edwin Uceta to give the Cardinals a nine-run cushion going into the bottom of the ninth.
While the Cardinals eight-run inning was a jaw-dropping stat line, it is far from the highest scoring in baseball history. Back in 1883, the Chicago White Stockings beat the Detroit Wolverines in a game in which they scored 18 runs in an inning. In the modern MLB era, the record is 17 runs set by the Boston Red Sox in 1953 when they did it against the Detroit Tigers.
Pujols eight away from 700
Saturday night’s game didn’t just make headlines for the Cardinals’ offensive explosion in the ninth inning. Albert Pujols hit two home runs, one in the top of the second and one in the top of the fourth, to bring his career total to 692. He nearly cranked a third in the top of the sixth, but his deep shot hit the bottom of the left field wall.
With the win over Arizona on Saturday, the Cardinals have rattled off six straight and 15 of their last 18.