Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carpenter Recovers from Pitching Assault

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Carpenter Recovers from Pitching Assault

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The third time Cardinals second baseman Matt Carpenter got hit by a pitch Tuesday night, it pushed him to the point of incredulity.

"I think my exact words were, Three times? Really?" Carpenter recalled before Wednesday's game. "Three times?"

By the end of Wednesday's 10-3 loss by the Cardinals, Arizona pitchers may have been shaking their heads. "Four hits? Really?"

Carpenter showed no ill effects from Tuesday as his amazing home stand moved on. He went four for five on Wednesday, extending his hitting streak to 14 games, and raising his batting average to .333. In his hitting streak, he's hitting .450, and in the seven games he's played in since the Cardinals got back from their road trip, he's at .483, with 15 hits in 31 at-bats. It was his fourth straight game with more than one hit.

Carpenter did all this one day after getting hit by a pitch three times, including one to his hand that could have meant big trouble but didn't.

"He's tough," manager Mike Matheny said. "You see a guy get hit three times and he wants to come out the next day and show them something and I think he did that. He got right back into his game. In the first at-bat he rolled over a little bit but after that, it looked like the same guy we've seen all season. He's not varying from what he knows works for him and it's working."

What happened to Carpenter in Tuesday's 14-inning marathon is something you don't see very often. Carpenter got hit on the hand in the seventh, on the forearm in the ninth and on the shoulder in the 13th, as Diamondbacks pitchers gradually worked their way up his body. The three HBPs set the Cardinals' record for a game and tied the major-league record, last accomplished by Austin Kearns of the Indians in 2010. It's the first time a player has gotten hit by pitches three times after the sixth inning and someone told him before the game the first time a player had been hit by pitches three times and gotten two hits. …

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