Stat Line Of The Night — 10/16/12 — Justin Verlander
Stat Line Of The Night — 10/17/12 — Matt Carpenter
Prior to the opening pitch, many baseball fans were probably wondering who would emerge as the hero of Game 3 of the NLCS between the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants. And I’m almost certain that not one of those fans had the name Matt Carpenter in mind, but lo and behold, it was he who would save the day for the Cards on this night.
After grounding into a double-play in the first inning, St. Louis slugger Carlos Beltran had to be pulled from the game due to a knee injury. That opened the door for Carpenter, who didn’t disappoint.
Sure, the 26-year-old utilityman only managed to record one hit in three at bats as Beltran’s replacement, but what a hit is was, as Carpenter sent a Matt Cain offering over the wall in right-center field in his first at bat to give the Cards the 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning. And that two-run homer would prove to be the difference, as the Cardinals held on for the crucial 3-1 victory.
With the win, St. Louis now enters tonight’s contest with a 2-1 series edge. As for Carpenter, he may be relegated back to the bench if Carlos Beltran is able to play (he’s day-to-day with a strained knee), but for now he earns “The Stat Line of the Night” for Wednesday, October 17, 2012.