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.