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Carpenter's hitting streak stopped

Carpenter's hitting streak stopped

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MILWAUKEE • Matt Carpenter’s hitting streak was stopped at 12 games Sunday, but Jon Jay, Cody Stanley and Peter Bourjos now have streaks of two games, one and one, with Jay getting three singles after coming on for outfielder Jason Heyward, who had to exit with a strained left groin.

Stanley, in fact, started his day in Memphis, where he had been told by his longtime minor league manager, Mike Shildt, on Saturday night that he was heading to the major leagues for the first time to bolster a catching corps limited because of Yadier Molina’s right knee bruise.

Stanley, who already had returned to his apartment in Memphis after the Redbirds’ game, was summoned by Shildt to return to the stadium.

“He said he couldn’t be more honored to tell me in person that I was going to get the opportunity to go to the big leagues,” said Stanley. “We both shared a few tears. It was an emotional time. It should be. And it was. It’s an indescribable feeling, for sure.”

As a pinch hitter against Milwaukee’s Jonathan Broxton in the eighth inning, Stanley singled to right and scored the Cardinals’ final run in a 6-3 loss.

“I was nervous when I went up there, like anybody would be,” said the lefthanded-hitting Stanley, who arrived about 90 minutes before game time. “But you have to remember that it’s the same game. The setting does, but the game doesn’t change.”

As calm as that sounds is not as calm as Stanley really was. He allowed that his feet hadn’t touched the ground.

“Maybe sometime next week,” said the 26-year-old, who was hitting .216 at Memphis and who replaced injured Adam Wainwright on the roster.

Stanley said he had been told by manager Mike Matheny early in the game to be ready. “And it happened,” Stanley said.

“I think it happened. Did it? It did happen?”

Jay hadn’t had a multi-hit game since opening night after he took it slowly in the spring following offseason surgery on his left wrist.

“It’s a long season,” said Jay. “I’ve felt fine all year. I’ve been making a few adjustments here and there.”

Bourjos, who missed three games earlier in the week when he was on hand for the birth of his son, Max, had a single for his first hit of the season. He said he hadn’t promised his newborn anything, especially a home run.

“I just want to get a hit,” said Bourjos. “Until he knows what a home run is, I’m not going to worry about the other part. We’ll start with that one.”

Bourjos, now one for 11, was upset, though, that he had been called out on strikes twice by home-plate umpire C.B. Bucknor, once with the bases loaded. “Especially when I come back and look (on video) and it’s close to the white line in the next (batter’s) box,” said Bourjos.

Carpenter had had 22 hits in the 12 games and stroked a couple of balls hard Sunday, although he was called out on strikes, too, and also was not pleased with Bucknor, who had calls overturned at second base and first base in the first two games of the series.

“That’s why hitting streaks are so hard,” said Carpenter. “You have days when you hit balls right at people and you have a day when the pitcher is dictating your at-bats and a day when the umpire is dictating your at-bats. To be honest, that’s what it felt like.

“I’ll never be a guy who’s going to transfer blame to an umpire, but it wasn’t a great weekend for him.”

Carpenter said he had been feeling good but not as good as he felt last October in the playoffs. “In the postseason, I felt like I was going to hit a home run every time I was up at the plate,” said Carpenter, who had four last October.

EXTRA BASES

Pitcher Lance Lynn has two hits in 11 at-bats, including his second career double Sunday. The rest of the staff is nothing for 30.

“And I’m the bad one, right?” said Lynn, referring perhaps to his career average of .065.

• Technically, rookie Mitch Harris, making his major league debut, was in line to be credited with the win Saturday when he worked a scoreless fifth and part of the sixth in relief of Wainwright.

Matheny was upset when Harris was not given the victory, which went instead to reliever Matt Belisle, who fanned Ryan Braun and Adam Lind with two runners on base in the sixth.

Veteran scorer Tim O’Driscoll explained that he thought Belisle had been more effective than Harris and had recorded the most important two outs of the game. Though not scored on, Harris did allow four of eight hitters to reach base Saturday before working a perfect inning Sunday in his second outing.

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