Thursday, October 24, 2013

October 24, 2006: Carpenter Dominates Game 3 of The Fall Classic

On October 24, 2006, the first ever World Series game was played at the new Busch Stadium in downtown St. Louis the Cardinals blanked the Tigers 5-0. The Cardinals had split the first two games in Detroit and were looking to take a 2-1 lead in the series with Chris Carpenter making his first ever World Series start in Game 3. It was something they would accomplish, the Cardinals hurler was flatout dealing while the offense capitalized on a double by Jim Edmonds in the fourth that scored two runs. Then a throwing error by pitcher Joel Zumaya in the seventh led to two more runs before a wild pitch by Zach Miner led to the fifth Cardinal run of the ballgame. The story of the day was Carpenter, he allowed just three hits over 8 innings of work. There was a minor scare in the seventh, after Placido Polanco lined out to Albert Pujols, Carp came off the mound looking like he might have hurt his hand. The entire training staff gathered around him while Josh Kinney began to warmup at a rapid rate. Minutes later Carp was right back to work, he set down batter after batter as the Cardinals were on their way to a very important victory. He got a standing ovation when he came out to bat in the eighth as the fans knew they had witnessed one of the best at his best. It was a long eighth inning for the Redbirds which led to Braden Looper finishing off the ninth with three quick outs. It was a masterful performance by Carpenter, he not only held the dangerous Tigers lineup to three hits, he also struck out 6, and walked no one, while helping move the Cardinals one step closer to a championship.

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