It is not that often you see a team go back-to-back-to-back home runs, let alone in the first inning.
Todd Wellemeyer allowed Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, and Pat Burrell to crush three consecutive home runs as the Cardinals lost to the Phillies 20-2 on Friday night.
The last time the Phillies had pulled off this feat was in 2004 against the Dodgers when Bobby Abreu, Pat Burrell, and Jim Thome jacked out three roundtrippers.
It was only the seventh time in the Phillies history that this occurred. This comes from a team that lost its 10,000th career game last year.
Wellemeyer, who had not lost a decision since April 28, lasted only 3 1/3 innings while giving up eight runs on eight hits. That's not the kind of outing Cardinals fans needed with ace Adam Wainwright on the shelf.
After I suggested in the Cardinals roundtable that Todd Wellemeyer was in the running for the Cardinals MVP, this is not a good way to show appreciation. Hopefully he will chalk this one up to experience and a very offensive-minded ball club.
Even the Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick got into the offensive explosion as he joined the nine-run rally in the fourth inning. He helped his own cause with a double and a single to further extend the inning.
The offense did not stop there, as Howard hit his second home run of the game with a three-run blast in the sixth. Obviously, the Phillies had found their rhythm as they further extended the lead in the NL East.
During the eighth inning Howard was then intentionally hit by Russ Springer, who was immediately tossed. Tony LaRussa leaped from his seat in the dugout to protest but to no avail.
The Cardinals pitching staff was so horrendous after using four relievers that second baseman Aaron Miles was called in to pitch in the ninth inning.
He was the only Cardinals pitcher to not allow a run.
With slugger Albert Pujols on the shelf, the Cardinals severely struggled to find any kind of offense throughout the game. However, Skip Schumaker contributed a solo shot in the third inning and Troy Glaus went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
It was a very rough start for a team trying to keep within distance of the red-hot Chicago Cubs. A ray of light for the Cardinals is that Albert Pujols is aiming to try and get back to the lineup within two weeks.