(Busch Stadium) The eventual score wound up 6-3 in favor of the Colorado Rockies, but Matt Carpenter started the St. Louis Cardinals in the right direction with a lead-off home run tonight. It marked the 22nd of his career, moving him past Lou Brock for the all-time franchise record.
“A win would have made it even more special but, and I’ve said this before, anytime your name is in the same sentence with guys like Lou Brock, it’s pretty humbling,” said Carpenter. “Not really a lot of words to describe it, but it’s pretty cool.”
This was the 7th lead-off home run of the season for Carpenter and his MLB-leading 11th for the month of July.
“I really didn’t think about it much,” said Carpenter. “Just continue to go out and try to play the game, try to win the game.
“Certainly as you get closer to stuff like this, people tell you about it but up until really when I tied it, it hadn’t crossed my mind.”
Carpenter tied Brock at 21 lead-off homers on July 21st with a blast against Jon Lester and the Chicago Cubs. That left 10 days to have the record in front of him.
“Didn’t think about it today until the ball went out of the ballpark and that’s when it sunk in,” said Carpenter. “Definitely pretty cool.”
A six-year old girl and her family caught the home run ball, which they happily traded to Carpenter after the game.
“Birthday party,” smiled Carpenter, who gave them a signed bat. “Meet a nice family and they did a good thing in giving me the ball, trading with me. I appreciate that and certainly it was a nice gesture.”
Carpenter has not yet decided where the baseball will be displayed.
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