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

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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.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.