ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — The first three pitches from pitcher Chris Carpenter on Monday night invigorated an already enthusiastic Hammons Field crowd as the 2005 NL Cy Young Award winner struck out his first of five. However, the next 51 pitches did not go as well as the Arkansas Travelers chased Carpenter after 2.2 innings as the former ace made his first rehab start for the Springfield Cardinals on Monday night.
Carpenter, making his first start since the 2012 National League Division Series, allowed 3 earned runs on 6 hits, including one home run, and 2 walks. In the top of the third inning, Carpenter got into some trouble allowing a ground-rule double, a two-run home run, a single and 2 walks. He was pulled after the Travelers scored their third run and throwing 54 pitches.
According to the Cardinals’ Twitter account, Carpenter’s fastball reached as high as 94 miles per hour.