Matt Carpenter returned to the city where he spent most of his MLB career on Friday night, and the St. Louis Cardinals staged a late game comeback. Beat the New York Yankees 4-3.
Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong drove in two runs with a double in the eighth inning. Carpenter’s return to St. Louis.
Carpenter, who went 2-5 at the plate in the loss, received a standing ovation from the Cardinals crowd.
“So many emotions,” Carpenter, 36, said. “I’ve spent a lot of time here. I have a lot of great memories here. It’s definitely a special moment.”
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Before the game, Carpenter spoke to the media and had a hard time controlling his emotions when discussing his return to Busch Stadium.
“Just getting off the plane [Thursday] Night and coming back to St. Louis, that started it all for me,” Carpenter said, according to MLB.com. “My family stays here and I don’t see a lot of people. [Cardinals players] Still, but that definitely makes it harder. Very special memories.”
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Carpenter said there are many similarities between the Yankees and Cardinals organizations.
“You could make a case that they’re the New York Yankees of the National League,” Carpenter said of the Cardinals in a pregame news conference. “Combine that with the history of the organization and what it means to wear that jersey, it’s a pretty cool place to be.”
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New York got 5.1 innings from All-Star Nestor Cortes, who allowed just one hit and two runs. But Clay Holmes was tagged with the loss for the Yankees after allowing two eighth-inning runs.
“It’s not easy for us right now,” manager Aaron Boone said. “We had a lot of hits. I thought we hit the ball well. They made some good plays. I thought we had a lot of quality at-bats up and down, but just couldn’t put that backbreaker away.”
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Damage done Third place for New York in a rowIt will look to get back on track in the second game of the three-game series on Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report