Based on the day Matt Carpenter had today, he’d probably like to keep wearing that jersey for a while longer.
Lil’ Carp had a single, triple and his first big league home run today as he drove in five runs in the Cardinals 10-3 win over the Chicago Cubs. But that was just one part of his big weekend filling in for Lance Berkman as he was seven for 12 in the three games with another triple besides today’s and seven total RBI.
That’s basically what LB said as well, according to Jenifer Langosch:
“I’ll sit the bench if he keeps doing that,” Berkman said. “We can’t do any better than that.”
Thanks for the offer, LB, but …
And speaking of Mr. Berkman, he was Matt’s favorite player when he was growing up in Houston as detailed by B.J. Rains. A framed LB Astros jersey still hangs on his bedroom wall in his parents’ house.
In addition to Lil’ Carp’s big day, Yadier Molina went two for three with a three-run homer (and, unfortunately, no stolen base like he had yesterday).
Jake Westbrook also had a good day, going seven innings and allowing two runs — only one earned — on four hits. His record is now 2-0, joining Kyle Lohse and Lance Lynn in a big tie for the Major League lead. (K-Lo gets first crack at becoming the first to three wins on Tuesday night.) Read more on the game from Derrick Goold here.
All in all, it was an impressive day for the Cardinals — another series win, which is always even better when it’s over the Cubs. Speaking of, check out the Chicago perspective of today from Megan Wells at A League of Her Own.
The Cardinals are off tomorrow, which gives the banged-up Cards like LB and David Freese one more day to heal up. The Reds are in town for three games starting Tuesday night, with the Red no Cardinals fan has anything good to say about (Johnny Cueto, of course) starting against Kyle Lohse.