If you had told me prior to tonight’s game that the Cardinals would back Carp with 8 runs, I would have breathed a sigh of relief. A pitcher that has notoriously been under run-supported would finally be vindicated. His 0-1 record so far this year is terribly unfair for how he has pitched.
And yet? 8 runs would not be enough and Carp would be chased after 4 innings giving up 8 earned runs on 8 hits and 3 walks. It was a very un-Carpenter like performance. Last year, he gave up 6 or more earned runs only twice. And the last time he gave up at least 8 earned runs? I had to go all the way back to September 23rd of 2005. In fact 8 earned runs is a typical months worth of starts for Carp.
Hopefully, this is a fluke and he’s still right and will come back to his normal self next game. And speaking of flukes, Pujols started to show signs of breaking out of his early season slump. He went 3 for 5, although he’s yet to find his power stroke. His swing still looked very awkward on his first hit and it was just as much luck as anything. But as the game progressed, he started looking better at the plate. If that continues, expect him to have a multiple home run game in the near future.
Aside from the Cardinal loss, this was a great game. It had everything. And I really do mean EVERYTHING. 4 Cardinals had home runs, 5 had RBIs, 3 with 2 outs. 3 separate D-backs had home runs as well. Pitcher Bryan Augenstein recorded his first Major League hit immediately after giving up a 4 run inning and then left with a groin injury. We even had a heated ball cap to cap argument between the home plate ump and D-backs manager Kirk Gibson, leading to the ejection of Gibson. The only thing this game was missing was an inning-ending pick-off by Yadi.
It was really a great game, but it’s hard to enjoy when your team still ends up in the loss column. The main positive is that the offense continues to roll. So I have to feel that we will be winning more than we will be losing as long as the pitching staff continues their overall success.
Rubber match is tomorrow,