It is rough enough that the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the visiting Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night, but seeing the many missed scoring opportunities made it all the worse.
The Cardinals offense plated just one run despite rapping out 11 hits. Adam Wainwright pitched well for St. Louis, but took the loss primarily due to the lack of cover from the hitters. (Shane Robinson, pictured, went 0-for-4, stranding four.)
Curious about the rarity of such team-based futility, I asked researcher Tom Orf to identify how often the Cards had 11 or more hits when scoring either no runs or one run.
The answer is just 41 times in team history, including 24 since 1960. Tuesday was just the third occurrence in the last 15 years, though the team had two in Tony La Russa’s second year with the club, 1997. The most recent two dozen are listed below, along with the game in which the team had the most hits, 15, on June 14, 1951.
Not surprisingly, the Cardinals are 2-39 in these one-run or no-run, hig...