ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 3: Matt Carpenter #13 of the St. Louis Cardinals scores a run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Busch Stadium on June 3, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL
(BaseballStL) -- David Freese and Matt Carpenter extended their hitting streaks to 13 and 12 games, respectively, on Monday night against the Diamondbacks.
An RBI infield single in the third inning extended Freese’s hit streak to 13 games, which sets a career high, and also marks at least one hit in 21 of his last 25 games played.
“I didn’t know that,” Freese said about his career-high hitting streak. “It feels good. It’s basically what it’s all about -- how you feel.
“Right now, I feel pretty good. A few weeks ago, I was kind of sitting back watching everybody else spray the ball around. It’s nice to join the fun and we’re having a good time winning ballgames.”
The hitting streak began when he hit a grand slam against the Brewers on May 17 and has bumped his batting average from .209 to .265.
Carpenter extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a leadoff single in the first inning. The hitting streak matches his career best set last September.
“He puts together tough at-bats right from the top,” Mike Matheny said of Carpenter. “He is very consistent with his approach and it’s tough to pitch to. Guys like that, they’re just relentless at the plate and they have a real good idea of the strike zone.”
Carpenter is batting .336 with a .422 on-base percentage in 35 games as the team’s lead-off hitter.