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.

Brewers move into tie with Nationals for first NL Wild Card

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The Brewers, once left for dead after outfielder Christian Yelich suffered a season-ending injury, defeated the Pirates 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. That, paired with the Nationals’ 5-3 loss to the Marlins, moved them into a tie for the first NL Wild Card. The Brewers are 10-2 since Yelich’s injury.

During Sunday’s game, the Brewers brought a combined perfect game bid into the seventh inning. It ended when Gio González allowed a one-out single to Bryan Reynolds. The Brewers’ four runs came on two Eric Thames homers and an Orlando Arcia homer. The Pirates mounted a rally in the eighth inning, scoring three runs, but Josh Hader came in and slammed the door, getting the final four outs.

The Brewers end the season on a six-game road trip. They will face the Reds for three games before finishing out the schedule with three against the Rockies. The Cubs trail both the Brewers and Nationals by four games. The Mets are 4.5 games back while the Diamondbacks and Phillies are each 5.5 games behind.