Braves rock Cards’ Carpenter for easy win
Vazquez needed just 94 pitches to shut down the
“I don’t remember throwing a complete game with less than 100 pitches,” Vazquez said. “Usually I’m at 100 pitches by the seventh inning. I feel really good about that.”
Vazquez allowed a leadoff single to
Vazquez (13-9) has won his last three decisions. He stuck out eight while walking none. He threw just 94 pitches.
St. Louis hadn’t been swept since losing three in a row at Houston July 20-22 and hadn’t been swept at home since losing four straight to the Colorado
“We got beat in two one-run games,”
Carpenter, a Cy Young candidate, had his worst outing of the season. He allowed seven earned runs on nine hits in six innings.
“I made some bad pitches but I also made some good pitches,” Carpenter said. “I just wasn’t able to make a pitch to get out of the inning, bottom line.”
After getting two quick outs to start the third, Carpenter (16-4) gave up six runs. With the bases loaded,
“We were just able to put together some big hits with two outs,”
Atlanta finished Carpenter’s day in the sixth when
“We did a lot of hitting against a great pitcher,”
The loss was Carpenter’s first since June 30th when the
LaRoche hit a solo shot in the ninth, his 22nd of the season. He has now hit safely in 26 of his last 29 games.
“He’s had a good year,” Holliday said about Vazquez. “He got a big lead early and it allowed him to dictate how he pitched and he made it tough on us.”