Boggs riding impressive scoreless streak

Boggs riding impressive scoreless streak

Boggs riding impressive scoreless streak
ST. LOUIS -- The game was already getting out of hand when Mitchell Boggs served up a first-pitch, two-run homer to White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski. It was the second time Boggs had been scored upon in a five-game span.

That was on June 12.

Boggs has not allowed another run since.

One of the most significant contributors to the Cardinals' season so far, Boggs extended his string of scoreless appearances to 23 with another one Sunday night. That streak covers 20 1/3 innings, giving Boggs the longest active scoreless-innings streak in the National League.

In a historical context, the near two-month stretch is even more impressive. Boggs is the first Cardinals right-hander since 1918 to have a scoreless-game streak of this length.

"I don't know what it means," Boggs said, when asked about the significance. "I think what it means to me is that I've been doing a good job of showing up and being consistent and executing pitches. I'm going to continue to do that, whether I have a runless-whatever streak in a row or I give up runs in three games. I'm going to show up the next day and be prepared for the night. That's been my focus and it's worked for me."

It's also worked Boggs' ERA down to 1.51. Only two NL relievers with at least 40 innings pitched have a lower mark. Both -- Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel and Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman -- are closers.

Boggs, on the other hand, has taken the reins on the eighth-inning setup job. His season-long success is one reason why the Cardinals are 53-2 in games where they take a lead into the eighth.

"He's doing a nice job, exactly what we had hoped for," manager Mike Matheny said. "His stuff was always there. Now he's believing in it."