Albert Pujols in singles in Game 1 with the Cardinals as St. Louis busts out for 29 points against the Nationals

It was only spring training, but the first game of Albert Pujols’ second stint with the St. Louis Cardinals couldn’t have gone better. Pujols went 1 of 3 in his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday and his Cardinals teammates beat Nationals 29-8. Yes, 29-8. Here is the box score.

Veteran Anibal Sanchez, signed to give the Nationals innings this summer, was scored for 12 hits and 10 runs in four innings, and that’s not even the worst pitching performance of the day. Righty Cade Cavalli, Washington’s No. 2 prospect, allowed 11 runs (10 earned) in just 2 1/3 innings. St. Louis had 15 runs on the board in the eighth inning.

Here is the line score:

Cardinals

4

4

0

3

0

2

0

15

1

29

26

0

Nationals

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

4

0

8

12

2

Eight players had multiple hits for the Cardinals and eight players had multiple runs. Big leaguers Paul DeJong, Paul Goldschmidt and Yadier Molina hit the lone home runs for St. Louis. They went 15 for 25 — 15 for 25! – with runners in scoring position to tackle these 29 points.

Spring training record keeping has been spotty, especially for more than a few years, so it’s unclear if the 29 races are some sort of spring record. Only four times in regular season and playoff history has a team scored at least 29 points in a game:

A 15-run inning has only been played four times in regular season and playoff history. The Chicago White Stockings played an 18-run inning against the Detroit Wolverines on September 6, 1883; the Red Sox played a 17-run inning against the Tigers on June 18, 1953; the Rangers had a 16-point inning against the Orioles on April 19, 1996 (note: this is do not the game 30-3); and the Dodgers had a 15-run inning against the Reds on May 21, 1952. Yes, it’s spring training, but 29-run games and 15-run innings are very rare.

As for Pujols, he signed with the Cardinals earlier this weekand Wednesday was his first game action.

β€œIt feels good to be back in a real game, on the field, competing and facing major league pitchers,” Pujols told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Getting my routine, getting my job that I need over the last two days, knowing I was going to be able to play today, and that was good. I felt like I took some good swings , trying to get my feet wet again.”

Pujols said it would be his last season. At 42, he will be a part-time player and a squad stick who will face mainly left-handers.

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