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We Haven't Seen Cards Pitcher Rake Like This Since 1966

We recap all of the "Pitchers Who Rake" in St. Louis.

September 14, 2018 - 9:31 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Anytime you do something that hasn't happened since Bob Gibson was playing, you know it's good.

The St. Louis Cardinals pitchers are not only making their mark this season with the fifth-best ERA in the national league, but also at the dish, they lead the league in homers. 

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Although St. Louis took a 9-7 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday night, the Cardinals completed a task that hasn't been since since 1966. Thanks to Tyson Ross' first home run of the season, hit in the fifth inning, a total of four Cardinals pitchers have now hit home runs this season. 

And a little something extra special about Ross' homer, he is just the second pitcher to ever hit a dinger off three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw. The other is Madison Bumgarner, who has done it twice (2015, 2016). 

To recap the other "Pitchers Who Rake" in St. Louis, we start with Miles Mikolas who has had a pretty great return to Major League Baseball this year, earning his first All-Star appearance. But guess what happened in his first at bat of the season: 

Then on May 2, the wave of Cardinals homers really got going thanks to Carlos "Tsunamy" Martinez's first career home run.

We've been talking about these incredible 20-something-year-old rookie pitchers all year in St. Louis. But who knew they could hit just as well. John Gant joined the pitcher home run party on August 14, hitting his first career home run, which was also his first career hit. 

With Ross' long ball on Thursday night, that's the first time since 1966 that at least four Cardinals pitchers have homered in the same season. That year Gibson, Ray Washburn, Larry Jaster, Joe Hoerner and Ray Sadecki all hit one home run each. 

Mikolas and Gant added another home run each this season to give St. Louis six total home runs, which is the most by any team's pitching staff in the NL this season. It would be the best all of MLB, if not for the duel threat of Shohei Ohtani and his 19 home runs this season.