Matt Carpenter continues to do it all for St. Louis.
Carpenter just hit a leadoff homer against Hyun-Jin Ryu in the bottom of the third inning to give the Cardinals an early 1-0 lead over the Dodgers in Game 3 of the NLDS. He has now homered in three straight games to begin the postseason. Albert Pujols (2004) is the only other player in franchise history to homer in three straight postseason games.
Carpenter hit eight home runs in 159 games during the regular season, with only two of them coming against southpaws. All three of his home runs this postseason have been against lefties. As for Ryu, he gave up just one home run to a left-handed batter during the regular season.
John Lackey pitched out of some trouble in the first and second innings, but he’ll carry a 1-0 lead into the top of the fourth inning at Busch Stadium.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.