Matt Carpenter hits a timely, game-tying home run in the eighth inning of NLDS Game 2

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Update: Matts are timely, it seems. The Dodgers’ Matt, Kemp, broke the 2-2 tie in the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run, putting the Dodgers back on top 3-2.

Matt Carpenter was the hero in Game 1 of the NLDS, as his bases-clearing double in the seventh inning of Game 1 against the Dodgers put the Cardinals up 7-6, a lead which they would never relinquish, eventually winning 10-9.

Carpenter did it again on Saturday night in Game 2. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny began the seventh inning choosing to pinch-hit the left-handed Oscar Taveras for reliever Marco Gonzales. That caused Dodgers manager Don Mattingly to lift starter Zack Greinke, who had tossed seven shutout innings, in favor of lefty reliever J.P. Howell.

Taveras ripped a single down the right field line. It caromed off the wall in front of the crowd in foul territory, and right fielder Matt Kemp played it well, holding Taveras to a single. That brought up Carpenter, who swung at Howell’s first offering, sending a fly ball over the fence in right-center with plenty of room to spare.

Following the Carpenter blast, Jon Jay beat out a grounder for an infield single, ending Howell’s night. Brandon League came on and got Matt Holliday to ground out, advancing Jay to second base. Matt Adams was intentionally walked, which allowed League to induce an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play from Jhonny Peralta. The game heads into the bottom of the seventh tied at two apiece.

Carpenter is currently 4-for-8 with a walk, two doubles, two home runs, six RBI, and three runs scored. Pretty good if you ask me.

Luke Voit avoids concussion after taking 91 mph fastball to face

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Yankees first baseman Luke Voit exited Saturday’s game under less-than-ideal conditions after a 91.4-m.p.h. fastball caught him on the chin in the fourth inning. Following his removal, he passed the standard concussion protocol testing, though the Yankees will likely play it safe with the infielder over the next few days.

With one out and a runner on first, Voit stepped up to bat against Chad Bettis in the bottom of the fourth inning. He had just worked an 0-2 count against Bettis when the mishap occurred — a fastball that deflected off of his shoulder and met his chin. Voit took a few moments to recover, then took first base before he was eventually lifted from the game at the top of the fifth.

Prior to his exit, the first baseman went 0-for-1 with a walk. He was subsequently replaced by DJ LeMahieu, who shifted over from third to first base while Gio Urshela stepped in at the hot corner.

The Yankees currently lead the Rockies 11-5 in the eighth.