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.

Cards’ Yadier Molina says he tested positive for COVID-19

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St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina says he’s one of the players on the team who tested positive for COVID-19.

The nine-time All-Star revealed his results Tuesday in a Spanish-language Instagram post. Soon afterward, the Cardinals issued a release naming six of the players who have tested positive.

The others are infielders Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo along with pitchers Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.

“I am saddened to have tested positive for COVID-19, even after adhering to safety guidelines that were put in place,” Molina said in a release issued by the team. “I will do everything within my power to return as soon as possible for Cardinals fans, the city of St. Louis and my teammates.”

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said Monday that seven players and six staff members had tested positive. At the time, Mozeliak said the people to test positive hadn’t been identified publicly because they had declined to have their names released.

The Cardinals said Tuesday that six players had decided to grant permission to have their names revealed.

“I will approach my healing as I do all other things in my life – with education, commitment, and persistence. I look forward to re-joining the team soon and ask that you respect my privacy at this time,” DeJong said in a statement released by the team.

The outbreak resulted in the postponement of the Cardinals’ scheduled three-game weekend series at Milwaukee as well as a four-game series with Detroit that was supposed to run Monday through Thursday. The Cardinals have played just five games this season and are hoping to return to action Friday hosting the Chicago Cubs.

As of now, the Cardinals who have tested positive have returned home while the rest of the team remains isolated in Milwaukee hotel rooms. Their last game was July 29 at Minnesota.

Mozeliak said Monday that five of the 13 overall members of the Cardinals’ traveling party to test positive were asymptomatic. The other eight had minor symptoms including headaches, coughs, sniffles and low-grade fevers. Mozeliak said none of the eight had required hospitalization.

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