Sunday, July 12, 1931, was a good day for doubles. That afternoon, in the first game of a doubleheader, the visiting Cubs defeated the Cardinals, 7-5, and out-doubled them, 5-4. But the nine combined two-base hits were nothing compared to what took place in the second game. In that affair, Chicago set a season high with 10 two-base hits and still lost both the game and the doubles contest. Outscoring the Cubs, 17-13, and out-doubling them, 13-10, St. Louis stood as king of the mountain in a ballgame that stands as the Major League record for the most combined two-base hits.
On Saturday, the Cardinals scored 12 runs on 10 hits (including seven doubles and a triple) in the seventh inning and defeated the Cubs, 12-0.
The seven doubles in the inning tied a Major League record set by the Boston Bees (Braves franchise) against the Cardinals on Aug. 25, 1936, in the first inning.
Overall, the Cardinals collected nine doubles in the game. That total is the most for the franchise since it set the modern-era National League record with 13 on July 12, 1931.
The 12-run inning tied the Cardinals franchise record set on Sept. 16, 1926, against the Phillies (in the third inning of the first game of a doubleheader).
Sheets threw six scoreless innings, Brian McCann and Chipper Jones homered and Atlanta blanked Washington, 4-0, in the first game of a doubleheader.
With the performance, Sheets has thrown 12 scoreless innings in his two starts this season, allowing seven hits and four walks with 11 strikeouts. Before these back-to-back efforts, the last time Sheets had two consecutive starts in a season in which he had gone at least six innings and allowed no runs was in 2008. Those two also came in his first two appearances of that season.
Jones -- who has more RBIs than any other third baseman in history (he took over sole possession from George Brett on Friday night) -- hit a pinch-hit two-run home run to become the 32nd player in history with 1,600 RBIs. Jones is the second switch-hitter with at least 1,600 (Eddie Murray had 1,917). Jones doubled in the second game of the doubleheader, giving him 1,039 career extra-base hits. He is two behind Pete Rose for the second most in history for a switch-hitter.
Darvish struck out 11 in seven innings and picked up the win as the Rangers defeated the Angels, 9-2.
Darvish has six games with 10 or more strikeouts this season -- one ahead of R.A. Dickey for the most in the Majors. The last Rangers pitcher to lead the Majors in this category was Nolan Ryan, who had 18 in 1989. Those 18 are the most in a season in Senators/Rangers history.
Since 1920, Darvish's six double-digit strikeout games through his first 18 Major League appearances tie him with Kerry Wood and Mark Prior for the third most. Hideo Nomo had eight, and Dwight Gooden had seven.
Trout went 1-for-3 and tied Jim Edmonds' Angels record (set in 1995) for consecutive games with a run scored, at 13. Trout's streak is also tied for the longest by an American League rookie. Jake Powell scored a run in 13 straight games for the Senators in 1935, and Don Lenhardt matched that feat in 1950 while playing for the Browns.
Porcello allowed one run on five hits in eight-plus innings, Austin Jackson drove in four runs and the Tigers defeated the White Sox, 7-1, to take a half-game lead over Chicago for first place in the American League Central. Over the past four games, the Tigers' pitching staff has held the opponent to three hits, three hits, four hits and five hits, respectively. Before 2012, the last time the club had a run of four consecutive games with no more than five hits allowed was in 1984, when it also had a run of four straight. The club -- which has not had a similar run of more than four games in the live-ball era -- also put together four-game streaks in 1972, 1946 and 1931.
The Giants and Phillies combined for six home runs -- including long balls by starters Matt Cain and Cole Hamels off one another -- with San Francisco coming out on top in 10 innings. This game was the first since May 18, 2002, to feature two pitchers with home runs. In that game, the Braves' Kevin Millwood took Colorado's Denny Stark deep in the third inning, and then Stark returned the favor against Millwood in the fourth.
In the Royals' 7-3 win over the Twins, Gordon went 3-for-5, scored two runs and had one RBI. Since the start of June, Gordon is batting .352 (63-for-179) with 22 extra-base hits and 24 walks in 44 games (all as the leadoff hitter). Gordon's 63 hits since June 1 are the third most in the Majors, behind the 69 from Andrew McCutchen and Trout.
Arizona's Kubel became the sixth player in 2012 and ninth player in franchise history to hit three home runs in a game.
Kubel joined Curtis Granderson, Ryan Braun, Josh Hamilton (who hit four), Joey Votto and Carlos Gonzalez as players to hit three in one game this season.
The other D-backs to hit three in a game: Steve Finley (1999, 2004), Luis Gonzalez (2001, 2004), Erubiel Durazo (2002), Shea Hillenbrand (2003), Damion Easley (2006) and Chris Young (2009).
Arizona's Wade Miley allowed a run in seven innings to lower his ERA to 3.02 and also picked up his 11th win to set a new D-backs rookie record. Miley had been tied with Brandon Webb (2003), Oscar Villarreal (2003), and Josh Collmenter (2011).
Behind Parker's eight innings of five-hit, one-run ball, the Athletics defeated the Yankees, 2-1.
Parker -- who has made 16 starts this season -- has finished 10 of them with at least six innings and no more than one run allowed. Those 10 tie Parker with Dickey for the third most in the Majors.
Parker has made 17 career appearances. Having 10 of those 17 finish with six-plus innings and one-or-fewer runs allowed ties Parker with Jered Weaver for the most in the live-ball era.
In beating the Yankees three straight times, Oakland allowed six runs over 27 innings, gave up 22 hits and one walk, fanned 25 and allowed three home runs. The Athletics' pitching staff leads the AL in ERA, batting average against, slugging against and OPS against and is second (to the Rangers) in WHIP.
At the end of June, Oakland was 37-42 and in third place in the AL West, 13 games behind the first- place Rangers. Oakland is now 50-44, and 6 1/2 games off the lead.
Roger Schlueter is senior researcher for MLB Productions. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.