Carpenter Sounds Off

(Busch Stadium) In a game in which the St. Louis Cardinals were already watching their place in the NL Wild Card slip away, matters were made worse as both Matt Carpenter and Mike Shildt were ejected.

The ejections occurred in the 7th inning after Carpenter disagreed with a called strike three by home plate umpire Will Little. After initially being allowed to voice his opinion, Carpenter turned and headed back to the Cardinals dugout. But then he turned his head for one additional comment. Little ejected him.

“I’m not going to talk about the call, you saw my reaction to what I thought the call was but you know what, we’re all human, we mistakes,” began Carpenter. “I’m not going to sit here and tell you I don’t make mistakes, so that’s regardless of the point. The one thing I don’t understand is being thrown out of a game as I’m walking away. That’s the thing that I have an issue with.

“If I used profane language, if I did something that was deserving of getting thrown out–I understand the situation. I understand the importance of these games. I understand the importance of staying in these games, so when I get thrown out of the game as I’m walking away, that’s something I have a problem with.

“Outside of that, I’m not going to discuss the call. If you guys want to look at the call, go look at the pitch. Like I said, we mistakes. Regardless of the situation, you’ve just got to have a better feel throwing a guy out in a situation like that.”

Shildt immediately entered the discussion and became more animated as the discussion continued, eventually leading to his ejection as well.

“That game’s definitely in reach at that point,” said Shildt. “Just scratching and clawing a couple times with the bases loaded right there to get back in it or get on top of it. I’ve got to back our guys’ play, didn’t appreciate the ejection obviously, and still felt like we were in a good spot.”

With the 12-4 loss, St. Louis fell 0.5 games behind Colorado for the second NL Wild Card spot as the Rockies beat Philadelphia 10-3.

“As far as the game today and as far as our team, we’ve backed ourselves into a corner but we haven’t lost confidence in this group,” said Carpenter. “I’ve got full confidence in this group. We’ve fought way too hard and way too long to get put in a situation like this that we’re not going to give up. We’re going to find a way. That’s the end of it.”

Rookie Austin Gomber allowed back-to-back home runs in the 1st inning to Milwaukee and the Brewers added four more runs in the top of the 4th before Yadier Molina hit a 3-run homer in the bottom half of the frame to cut the lead to 6-3.

The teams traded runs in the 5th inning and then Ryan Braun hit a 2-run shot and Christian Yelich a 3-run blast to finish the scoring.

photo credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

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