(BaseballStL) -- If, for some reason, you happened to miss out on the first 93 games of this season, it's okay. Pretty much everything you need to know about this team happened in one night.
Well, as it relates to the offense anyway.
For 6 innings this team couldn't do a thing against the Cubs' pitching staff. Not a thing. No runs on 5 hits...of which 4 were singles. And the starter for Chicago, Matt Garza, left the game after the 3rd because of a triceps injury.
And they still couldn't get anything going.
Then the 7th happened. Ya know...that 12-run inning where they tied the franchise record for most runs ever scored in one frame.
Yeah, that one.
That's when the flood gates opened and there was nothing anyone could do to stop the Cards from scoring runs. Not Justin Germano. Not James Russell. Not Manny Corpas. Not Rafael Dolis. Heck, I'm not even sure Greg Maddux could've done anything to stop that hitting exhibition.
12 runs on 10 hits. For goodness sake...the Cardinals not only batted around...they nearly batted around twice! Only a couple more batters needed to reach before David Freese, who led off the inning, could've hit for the third time.
That really really really long inning represented the Cards' offense when everything is going right. It's downright incredible. That's the offense that averaged nearly 7 and a half runs a game in its first 20 wins this season.
So, there you go. You just witnessed the worst of the worst followed by the best of the best that this offense has to offer.
Which one we'll see the rest of the way is impossible to know. That's what makes this so exciting (er, frustrating).
It's the story of 2012 here in St. Louis.