WASHINGTON, D.C. (BaseballStL) -- Three months ago it would have seemed impossible that Chris Carpenter would have pitched at all this season after missing almost the entire season with a right shoulder injury and undergoing surgery in mid-July.
But there he was on the mound starting Game Three with the series tied 1-1 against the Nationals on Wednesday afternoon.
Carpenter didn’t allow a run to score in 5.2 innings pitched, but he wasn’t his vintage self. The right-hander got most of his outs via the fly ball (9) compared to strikeouts and ground balls (6).
He labored much of the way on Wednesday while keeping the Nationals hitless with runners in scoring position (0-for-7) and leaving eight runners on base, including the bases loaded in the fifth inning. He threw 106 pitches, 69 of which were strikes, in the start.