In his first at-bat of the day, Matt Carpenter hit a home run to move into a tie with Hall of Famer Lou Brock for the most lead-off homers (21) in St. Louis Cardinals history.
It also marked his sixth lead-off home run of the season, which is a club record but Carpenter’s day only improved from there.
When the dust had settled, St. Louis had an 18-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs and Carpenter was 5-5 on the day with three home runs, seven RBIs, and pair of doubles.
He becomes the first Cardinals player to record five extra base hits in a game since at least 1908.
In addition, Carpenter tied Mark Whitten for the club’s franchise record with 16 total bases in a game.
He is also the first Cardinal since Albert Pujols in 2006 with two games with at least 12 total bases in the same season.
Carpenter had 12 total bases back on June 26 against Cleveland this year.
And while Carpenter has been on an offensive tear since the middle of May, raising his batting average from .140 on May 15th to it’s current .274, he has been particularly dialed in the last four games: batting .563 (9-for-16) with six homers, 10 RBI and seven runs scored.
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