Originally written on The Cardinal Nation blog  |  Last updated 5/4/12
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On Thursday afternoon, the St. Louis Cardinals failed to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. 17 times during the 6-3 loss, a St. Louis hitter was sat down on strikes. Despite pitching just five innings, Bucs starter Erik Bedard collected 11 of the Ks, including a Pittsburgh-record seven in a row. The 17 strikeouts is just one off the Cardinals’ worst nine-inning showing ever in this category. On September 10, 1989, 18 Cardinals were fanned by Chicago Cubs pitching in a 4-1, nine-inning loss at Wrigley Field. (link to boxscore) Researcher Tom Orf pulled the following table, which indicates the Cardinals had just two 16-strikeout nine-inning games prior to Thursday. It was their 30th game of at least 14 strikeouts. Strikeouts in a nine-inning game, St. Louis Cardinals hitters, history Date Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO 9/10/1989 CHC L 1-4 35 32 1 7 0 0 0 1 3 18 5/3/2012 PIT L 3-4 41 34 3 7 4 0 0 3 7 17 9/29/2000 CIN L 1-8 36 30 1 2 0 1 0 0 5 16 8/20/1997 MON W 6-3 4...
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