While the St. Louis Cardinals absorbed a painful 14-inning loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks Tuesday night, it was doubly painful for second baseman Matt Carpenter.
While a leadoff man’s job is to get on base, Carpenter surely did not envision how it would come about Tuesday. In seven plate appearances, the left-handed batter had two hits, including a leadoff triple. He was retired two other times, but in between, three different Diamondbacks’ pitchers hit Carpenter with pitches.
In the process, Carpenter set the Cardinals team record and tied the Major League record for most times hit by a pitch in one game.
The prior Cardinals record of two occurred 52 times since 1918, most recently by Jon Jay against the Brewers on May 5. Other current Cards to have been plunked twice in one contest are Matt Holliday (last season), David Freese (two different games in 2012) and Yadier Molina (in 2006).
Of the 52 earlier occurrences of multi-hit-by-pitch Cardinals in a game, the prior career ...