ELIAS SAYS…

From our good friends at Elias Sports Bureau…

Cardinals pitchers kept Joey Votto, Jay Bruce and Brandon Phillips in the ballpark on Friday night—but not so for Todd Frazier, Yonder Alonso and Juan Francisco.  That trio of rookies blasted key homers—Frazier and Alonso breaking ties, and Francisco putting the Reds up by four runs in the top of the ninth—as Cincinnati opened its series in St. Louis with an 11-8 triumph over Tony LaRussa’s squad.
 
It has been nearly five years since last we saw a big-league team win a game in which three different rookies homered.  The last such team was the Rockies, who beat the Giants, 20-8, on Sept. 18, 2006, with helpful homers from rookies Ryan Spilborghs and Jeff Salazar and two from rookie Jeff Baker.  The Reds last had three rookies hit homers in the same game in 2003 (Ryan Freel, Wily Mo Pena and Tim Hummel in a win at Milwaukee) and the Cardinals last had it done against them back in 1960 (Tommy Davis, Frank Howard and Norm Sherry as the Dodgers won, 11-7, at the Los Angeles Coliseum).

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