Cardinals co-ace Chris Carpenter couldn't keep the momentum going Saturday that his top of the rotation partner Adam Wainwright started the day before.
Pinched by a third inning, four-run meltdown, the Redbirds lost 7-3 at Wrigley Field. Carpenter lasted only four innings and gave up seven hits and five runs. It looks a lot like he is burned up for the season and the team ought to shut him down.
Still, Carpenter had collected two outs in the third before allowing a couple of singles. The inning was broken open on a throwing error by catcher Bryan Anderson.
Cardinals reliever Blake Hawksworth is tended to by the medical staff Saturday after being hit in the face by a line drive. AP photo.
At the plate, Albert Pujols' elbow must be feeling much better after the shot he got last week. He continued his hot hitting ways with a 2-for-3 day and a walk to raise his batting average to .312. Matt Holliday was 0-for-4. He has threatened to be the first Cardinals regular to have a higher batting average than Albert in his decade-long career. But, by wearing the collar, he drug his batting average down to .313.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Pujols
Cardinals Play of the Game: Pujols' double in the third put the Cardinals ahead 2-0 and they would lead 3-0 after two and a half innings before Carpenter's meltdown.
Lowlight: I love to watch Carpenter pitch when he's right. When he struggles, I find it to be very stressful. He's such a competitor that it almost seems unfair when things don't go his way.