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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Nolan Arenado sparked a record barrage of four straight home runs by St. Louis in the first inning, then hit a tiebreaking drive in the ninth that sent the Cardinals over the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 Saturday.

With two outs in the first, Arenado, Nolan Gorman, Juan Yepez and Dylan Carson homered off Kyle Gibson.

It was the first time in major league history a team connected for four homers in a row in the first inning.

The Cardinals tied the MLB record for any inning with four in a row. It was the first time they had done it, and the 11th time overall in big league history.

The home crowd at Citizens Bank Park then gasped when Lars Nootbaar followed Carlson and made solid contact on a flyball that was caught in deep left field but well shy of the warning track to end the inning.

It was 6-all when Arenado led off the ninth by clearing the wall in left field off Seranthony Domínguez (4-2) for his 17th home run. Arenando hit for the cycle on Friday night in the Cardinals’ 5-3 defeat to the Phillies.

Yairo Muñoz hit a two-run double, Matt Vierling had a pair of RBIs and Odúbel Herrera had three hits for the Phillies.

Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley (4-1) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, striking out five of the seven batters he faced.

St. Louis put on a historic power display in the first.

After Gibson got the first two outs, Paul Goldschmidt singled before Arenado’s two-run shot to left field on a slider started the long ball onslaught.

Gorman followed by driving a 2-1 cutter into the seats in right field. Yepez fouled off a 1-2 pitch before clearing the fence in left field to mark the first time since Sept. 19, 2002, that the Cardinals hit three homers in a row.

Carson finished the amazing power display by connecting on a 1-0 sinker that hit the facing of the second deck in right field on the first pitch he saw.

The last team to homer in four consecutive at-bats was the Chicago White Sox, who did it on Aug. 16, 2020, against the Cardinals.

Gibson had allowed just nine homers in 80 1/3 innings entering Saturday.

The Cardinals upped the win/loss record of teams that have hit four consecutive homers in an inning to 7-4.

The Phillies got a pair of runs back in the second on Vierling’s sacrifice fly and Bryson Stott’s RBI single. They tied it in the third on another Vierling sacrifice fly and Muñoz’s two-run double.

All five runs were charged to Cardinals starter Matthew Liberatore.

St. Louis went ahead in the fifth. After Gibson loaded the bases with no outs, Corey Knebel came on and got the first two batters out before walking Nootbaar to give the Cardinals a 6-5 lead. Philadelphia tied it in the sixth on Nick Castellanos’ RBI single.

HICKS HEAT

Cardinals RHP Jordan Hicks threw 18 of 28 pitches over 100 mph while twice reaching 103.4 mph in 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Hicks was activated from the injured list before the game. He hadn’t pitched in the majors since May 24 before a forearm injury.

SCHWARBER SELECTED

Phillies OF Kyle Schwarber was named NL Player of the Month for June after batting .272 with 12 homers and 27 RBIs in 27 games. Schwarber went 0 for 5 with four strikeouts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Cardinals: Gorman returned to the lineup after missing the last three games. He sat the first two of those due to a bruised left hand and the final one because of Friday night’s pitching matchup.

UP NEXT

Cardinals LHP Adam Wainwright (6-5, 3.07) opposes Philadelphia RHP Zack Wheeler (6-4, 2.89) on Sunday night when the teams conclude their three-game series.

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Cardinals prospect achieves unthinkable feat in Double-A game

The St. Louis Cardinals seemingly have a lot of talent in their farm system. One prospect achieved the unthinkable in a Double-A game on Wednesday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals have talent in their farm system, which showed well when prospect Chandler Redmond broke some Double-A Springfield records.

During Wednesday night’s game, Redmond hit four homers and drove in 11 runs, which both broke Springfield single-game records.

Making the feat even more incredible, the 25-year-old hit for the near-impossible home run cycle, smacking a solo, 2-run and 3-run home run over the fence along with a grand slam. Talk about having yourself a night!

Just an absolute dominant game for Chandler Redmond tonight.

Hes homered four times and driven in 11 runs. Both are Springfield single-game records. Previous single-game high for RBIs was seven. For homers it was three.

Redmond now owns both records.pic.twitter.com/h4NssCOa9I

— Daniel Guerrero (@TheDanGuerrero) August 11, 2022

Redmond is a good power hitter. He’s hit 17 home runs so far this season, just one away from matching his total from last season. He seems to be just getting started on his hitting prowess.

Cardinals prospect Chandler Redmond is likely just getting started

Redmond was a 32nd-round pick for the Cardinals in 2019. His success is likely a surprise considering he was far from being a top prospect. He started in the rookie league in 2019 and hit .287/.382/.552 for an OPS of .934.

He didn’t play in 2020, but by 2021, he was promoted to High-A and then promoted again to Double-A. Over the season, he hit .259/.354/.474 for an OPS of .828.

Now he’s hitting .242/.325/.488 for an OPS of .813. His power has certainly increased and he’s on good track to upgrading to Triple-A. He’s also shown great improvement each month this season. He’s growing into his potential extremely well.

He’s also seemingly in shock from his performance last night. The prospect told MLB.com, “It’s unbelievable. I don’t even know what words to use to describe the feelings right now.”

He told MLB.com that his method was to “just stay calm and within [himself].”

“So after I hit the grand slam, I had a little thought creep into my mind about maybe the cycle. But then I brushed it off real quick. I was like, ‘Come on, this was only my second time with a multihomer game in pro ball. But then I go up there and hit the solo shot and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I can do it.’ So then walking up for that last at-bat and seeing two guys on, I’m thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, everything is lining up, you can do this. So just stay calm and stay within yourself, but if you get a chance to get a ball to hammer, you better not miss it.'” -Chandler Redmond, via MLB.com

You never know what the future holds for minor leaguers, but this feat is something Redmond or Cardinals fans should never forget.

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