ST. LOUIS A game after going 4-for-4 with a triple, home run and five RBI to lead the Cardinals past the Chicago Cubs, rookie Matt Carpenter did it again Tuesday.
Pinch-hitting with the bases loaded and one out in the tenth inning, Carpenter lined a sacrifice fly to right field to score pinch-runner Tyler Greene from third base and give the Cardinals a 2-1 win.
"My heart was pumping a little bit," Carpenter said. "That's one of those situations as a hitter you dream of, a chance to win the game. Coming off the bench like that, in that situation with the bases loaded, it's a lot of fun and it's a lot more fun when you pull it off. "
The left-handed hitting Carpenter was selected to pinch-hit, despite Reds lefty Bill Bray being on the mound. Right-handed batters Tony Cruz and Shane Robinson were available to hit, but Matheny's choice of Carpenter paid off.
"I feel comfortable against leftys," Carpenter said. "I've never faced him before. I've seen him through video and on deck wa...