Carpenter nails Cincinnati
There is not much analyzing to do about the Reds 3-1 loss to the Cardinals last night.
Chris Carpenter showed why he is the ace of Tony LaRussa’s pitching staff. He improved to 4-0 by throwing a complete game and allowing just three hits. His earned run average is a minuscule 0.71.
How about this for efficiency? In a game that lasted just two hours and five minutes, Carpenter threw 95 pitches, 66 for strikes. He did not walk a batter.
The only blemish on Carpenter’s gem was giving up a home run to Laynce Nix in the eighth inning.
Aaron Harang pitched a good game as well. He also went the distance, giving up eight hits and three runs. He challenged and lost twice to Albert Pujols.
Pujols hit a laser into the seats with a runner on in the third inning to put his team up 2-0. In the sixth, he doubled in Colby Rasmus with a shot off the left field wall.
Harang was good. Carpenter was great.
The Reds finish the road trip with a record of 2-5. It is not exactly what they envisioned when they left Cincinnati a week ago after sweeping the Houston Astros.
Tonight, the Reds and Chicago Cubs begin a weekend series. It will be Carlos Zambrano (3-2) against Micah Owings (3-6).