Matt Carpenter puts the Cardinals up 1-0 in NLCS Game 2 with a home run


Matt Carpenter gave the Cardinals an early lead in Game 2 of the NLCS, slugging a solo home run to right field off of Giants starter Jake Peavy. Carpenter had struck out against Peavy in his first at-bat to lead off the game.

Carpenter, who got a curtain call to a cheering St. Louis crowd, now has four home runs in six post-season games this year. Carpenter is batting .364 (8-for-22) with seven extra-base hits. According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Carpenter has become the third lead-off hitter to hit at least four home runs in a single post-season, joining Lenny Dykstra (five in 1993) and Davey Lopes (four in 1978).

Cardinals starter Lance Lynn has shut the Giants out on a pair of hits through three innings thus far.

Video: Cubs score run on Pirates’ appeal throw

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2019 has been one long nightmare for the Pirates. They’re in last place in the NL Central, have had multiple clubhouse fights, and can’t stop getting into bench-clearing incidents. The embarrassment continued on Sunday as the club lost 16-6 to the Cubs, suffering a three-game series sweep in Chicago.

One of those 16 runs the Pirates allowed was particularly noteworthy. In the bottom of the third inning, with the game tied at 5-5, the Cubs had runners on first and second with two outs. Tony Kemp hit a triple to right field, allowing both Ben Zobrist and Jason Heyward to score to make it 7-5. The Pirates thought one of the Cubs’ base runners didn’t touch third base on their way home. Reliever Michael Feliz attempted to make an appeal throw to third base, but it was way too high for Erik González to catch, so Kemp scored easily on the error.

The Pirates lost Friday’s game to the Cubs 17-8 and Saturday’s game 14-1. They were outscored 47-15 in the three-game series. According to Baseball Reference, since 1908, the Pirates never allowed 14+ runs in three consecutive games and only did it two games in a row twice before this series, in 1949 and in 1950. The Cubs scored 14+ in three consecutive games just one other time, in 1930.