Matt Carpenter did on Friday night what Little Leaguers dream of doing: he leaped over the catcher to score on what would’ve otherwise been a tag out at the plate. Carpenter led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and advanced to third base on a Jason Heyward ground out. Matt Holliday then lifted a Johnny Cueto offering to center field. Billy Hamilton made a good throw home to catcher Brayan Pena, but Carpenter was able to leap over him to tie the game at 1-1.
Carpenter has enjoyed a good start to the 2015 season. Entering the game, he carried a .364/.432/.576 triple-slash line with four doubles, a home run, seven RBI, and seven runs scored in 37 plate appearances.
Pirates starter Chris Archer exited Tuesday night’s start against the Pirates while warming up ahead of the second inning. He was examined by the Pirates’ training staff before walking off the field. The reason is currently unknown but an update should be forthcoming.
Archer allowed a pair of singles before getting consecutive strikeouts to see his way out of the first inning. The 30-year-old right-hander has had a forgettable year in Pittsburgh, entering Tuesday’s action 3-9 with a 5.23 ERA and a 141/55 K/BB ratio in 118 2/3 innings.
The Pirates, overall, are in rough shape, losing 22 of their last 27 games dating back to July 21. They are 51-73, 15.5 games out of first place in the NL Central cellar. It may behoove them to play it safe with Archer since they don’t have anything to play for over the remainder of the regular season. The club holds options for his 2020 and ’21 seasons at $9 million and $11 million, respectively.