The bottom of the sixth, with the bases loaded and two out, was a pivotal moment in the St. Louis Cardinals’ Monday night’s game against the visiting San Francisco Giants. Cards manager Mike Matheny pulled starting pitcher Jake Westbrook despite the right-hander having thrown only 79 pitches and holding a narrow 3-2 lead.
Matt Carpenter pinch hit and delivered a two-run single against San Francisco’s ace Matt Cain that helped propel the Cardinals to an 8-2 win.
The rookie began slowly in the pinch-hitting role, as Carpenter was only three for his first 17 before hitting safely twice and walking in his last three pinch-hitting appearances. The left-handed hitter is still a long way from the team’s rookie pinch-hit record of 20, set by Joe Frazier in 1954.
Still, despite the relatively low quantity of hits, Carpenter has made them count with eight pinch runs batted in. An initial report that they are the most by a Cardinals rookie since at least 1950 was later disputed.
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