Coming into tonight’s game Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Ryan Dempster was working on a franchise-record 33 inning scoreless streak. With MLB’s trade deadline approaching he’s also been the subject of many rumors, some earlier in the week saying he may be traded before his start tonight. That didn’t happen so Dempster took the mound for the Cubs at Busch Stadium against the St. Louis Cardinals, who promptly ended his scoreless streak with three runs in the bottom of the first inning.
In the third inning Matt Holliday added another run with this blast.
Matt Holliday launches a 469 ft HR past Big Mac Land setting a new Busch Stadium III record. It’s his 15th of the season. Cards lead 4-1.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) July 21, 2012
Holliday, who replaced teammate Yadier Molina on this year’s NL All-Star team, is currently hitting .319 with 15 home runs, 60 RBI, and 58 runs in 89 games this season.
The performance won’t deter teams considering a trade for Dempster but had someone made a move for him this week he could’ve avoided a Cardinals team that entered today leading the National League in batting average (.273) and runs scored (441). Dempster also wouldn’t be in the St. Louis Cardinals record book for giving up this long ball.