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On this date in Cardinals history, 1994

Frustrated by the Cardinals problems driving in runners this season? At least it's not May 24, 1994 when the Birds set a National League record by leaving 16 runners on base without plating a run. It happened in a 4-0 loss to Philadelphia.

Vincete Palacios started the game for St. Louis and held the Phillies scoreless over six innings but was forced out of the game without receiving a decision. The Cardinals were 0-for-14 with runners in scoring position wasting a combined 5-for-9 effort at the plate by St. Louis corner infielders Todd Zeile and Gregg Jefferies.


Mike Perez allowed three hits and four earned runs in 1/3 of an inning pitched in the ninth to lose the game.

Of course, the frustration wasn't over when the game on May 24 was in the books. The going nowhere fast 1994 Cardinals -- like all the rest of the teams in Major League Baseball -- saw their season end abruptly after Aug. 11 thanks to a labor dispute that caused the World Series go down the drain.

St. Louis ended the season at 53-61 and 13 games out following a miserable 8-20 June to finish in fourth place in the National League Central. It was skipper Joe Torre's last "full" season with the Cardinals before being fired in mid-1995. But at least the '94 Cardinals finished in front of the last place 49-64 Cubs.