Carpenter pushes hitting streak to 13 games, hit by pitch 3 time -

Carpenter pushes hitting streak to 13 games, hit by pitch 3 times

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By Scott Bierman By Scott Bierman

(BaseballStL) -- There will be no reason for why Matt Carpenter isn’t starting next month’s All-Star game if he continues this torrid streak.

Carpenter extended his current hitting streak to 13 games after smacking a triple to right field with a 0-2 count in the first inning against Tyler Skaggs and the Diamondbacks on Tuesday.

“He puts together tough at-bats right from the top,” Mike Matheny said after Monday’s 7-1 series opening win. “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 would score the first run of the game after Matt Holliday’s sacrifice fly two batters later.

“I’m enjoying it,” Carpenter said a day earlier. “I’m just trying to do my job getting on base for those big guys behind me to drive me in, and give us a chance to win every night. That’s my job to get on base as much as I can.”

In 36 starts at the leadoff spot, Carpenter has reached base in 33 of those games.

He finished 2-for-4 with three hit by pitches in the 7-6 14-inning loss to the Diamondbacks.

David Freese also extended his hit streak to 14 games, which is currently tops in the NL, with his first four-game of his career.

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