Carpenter one-hits Brewers as Cards roll on road
Carpenter pitched a one-hitter, allowing only a clean double to
“Unless it’s a certain situation late in the ballgame, or you have a chance to lose the game, or change the game, I’m going to come after you,” Carpenter said. “I’m not wasting pitches.
“I’m trying to get strike one, strike two and strike three as fast as I can, or get you to put the ball in play and let my guys work behind you,” he said.
Carpenter (16-3) did just that. He won his 11th straight decision and leads the majors with a 2.16 ERA.
He needed 99 pitches to throw his first shutout in three years, and allowed just two balls out of the infield.
Despite the impressive statistics, the right-hander said he was not thinking much about winning his second
“It’s the least of my concerns,” said Carpenter, who won it in 2005 with a 21-5 record. “I’ve won one before. It’s super awesome and fun and nice, but I’d much rather get to the playoffs and pitch in the World Series.”
Carpenter matched the best game of his career, having pitched a one-hitter in 2005 for St. Louis against Toronto. He walked two.
“We didn’t present a threat, for the most part,” Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said.
“It kept us out of the book, I suppose,” Gerut said of his double. “He throws strikes with electric stuff, it’s good stuff. You just hope you get a mistake because most of the time he puts it where he wants it.”
It was the 15th consecutive time that the
“It’s a sign of consistency,” manager Tony La Russa said. “It’s a sign of getting ready to play. It’s also a sign that we’ve got a lot to play with. But mentally we’ve been on it. We’ve been pushing every game, every series. It’s been fun to watch these guys do it.”
Carpenter pitched his first shutout since beating Houston on Sept. 11, 2006. He missed most of the last two season with an injured right elbow, undergoing Tommy John surgery in July 2007.
Carpenter has beaten the
“He just has the ability to change his looks to a hitter,” La Russa said. “He can face the same club every week. He can pitch them differently. He has all those pitches.”
Besides Gerut, the only batters to reach against Carpenter were
Pujols’ go-ahead double gave St. Louis the only runs it needed and brought cheers from the thousands of
Pujols opened the seventh with a double off reliever