Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia, the St. Louis Cardinals made history against right-hander Kyle Gibson. They became just the 11th team in history to hit four straight home runs. Or, in the possibly tongue-twisting manner of saying it, they went back-to-back-to-back-to-back.
The inning started innocently enough, as Gibson retired the first two batters before a single to Paul Goldschmidt. Then Nolan Arenado went yard and it was on. Nolan Gorman, Juan Yepez and Dylan Carlson followed with longballs of their own:
As noted, this had only happened 10 times before. A quick rundown:
- 2020 White Sox, Aug. 16: Yoán Moncada, Yasmani Grandal, José Abreu, Eloy Jiménez
- 2019 Nationals, June 9: Howie Kendrick, Trea Turner, Adam Eaton, Anthony Rendon
- 2017 Nationals, July 27: Brian Goodwin, Wilmer Difo, Bryce Harper, Ryan Zimmerman
- 2010 Diamondbacks, Aug. 11: Adam LaRoche, Miguel Montero, Mark Reynolds, Stephen Drew
- 2008 White Sox, Aug. 14: Jim Thome, Paul Konerko, Alexei Ramirez, Juan Uribe
- 2007 Red Sox, April 22: Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, Jason Varitek
- 2006 Dodgers, Sept. 18: Jeff Kent, J.D. Drew, Russell Martin, Marlon Anderson
- 1964 Twins, May 2: Tony Oliva, Bob Allison, Jimmie Hall, Harmon Killebrew
- 1963 Indians, July 31: Woodie Held, Pedro Ramos, Tito Francona, Larry Brown
- 1961 Braves, June 8: Eddie Mathews, Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, Frank Thomas
There's the possibility of some fun trivia in there.
The Cardinals -- who ended up winning Saturday's game, 7-6, thanks to another Arenado homer in the ninth inning -- trail the Brewers by just one game in the NL Central.