If baseball teams win 60 percent of their games in a season, they are considered great clubs. Then, where does that leave Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter, who has won an astonishing 75 percent of his 100 decisions for the Cardinals since he first took the mound for them in 2004?
Carpenter raised his
"He's one of the best
Baker was referring, in part, to Reds baserunner Scott Rolen being hit by a smash headed for right field in the seventh inning when the Reds had a run in and runners at first and third with nobody out. Carpenter (7-1) then retired the next two hitters.
"(Rolen being hit) was fortunate for us," Carpenter said, "but some things happen in this game like that."
The victory was the eighth in a row by Carpenter over the Reds, including three this year, but Baker reminded, "He's just not beating us. He's dominating everybody. He plays us more than he plays anybody in the division."
CARDINALS 4, REDS 1: LF Matt Holliday homered and walked twice as he extended his hitting streak to seven games at 13-for-25 (.520). RHP Kyle McClellan, giving closer Ryan Franklin a night off, retired the side in order in the ninth for his first save of the season.
NOTES AND QUOTES
INF Felipe Lopez sat out
Wednesday's game after being hit on the thumb of his bare hand by a bad-bounce
grounder Tuesday. Lopez said he should be all right to play Friday when the
RHP Brad Penny, on the 15-day disabled list since May 22 with an upper back strain, is playing light catch but won't begin a throwing program until the end of this week or the start of next week. Manager Tony La Russa said he still hoped Penny could pitch sometime this month.
RHP Adam Ottavino has
been nominated to pitch Saturday's second game of the
1B Albert Pujols singled to give him 3,342 total bases, tying Rogers Hornsby for third place on the Cardinals' all-time list behind Stan Musial and Lou Brock. Pujols won't catch Musial for a while, if ever. The Man had 6,134 total bases. Brock had 3,776.
CF Colby Rasmus had three
hits Tuesday in his first game since he went to the eye doctor at the urging of
his father, Tony, a former pro player and Colby's high school coach in
By the Numbers:
34-Consecutive games (he played every inning) before rookie 3B David Freese was rested May 28.
Quote to Note:
"That's why those guys scout and I'm playing."
-1B Albert Pujols, referring to those baseball people who had sounded off on what had happened to Pujols' extra-base pop. Pujols hit three homers in a game for the fourth time in his career May 30.
SS Felipe Lopez (swollen right thumb) left the June 1 game. He did not play June 2, but he should return to action June 4.
RHP Kyle Lohse (right forearm strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 23. He had surgery May 28 to alleviate muscle discomfort, and the timetable for his return is uncertain.
RHP Brad Penny (strained upper back) went on the 15-day disabled list May 22. He might return mid June.