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Cardinals Short Hops: Game 3

Cardinals Short Hops: Game 3

ST. LOUIS -- Fielding the Cardinals' 5-0 victory over the Tigers in Game 3 of the 102nd World Series on a short hop ...

In < 25 words ...
Right-hander Chris Carpenter dominated at Busch Stadium all season. Tuesday night was no different.

Frozen moment
The Cardinals went up, 2-0, in the fourth, but Carpenter faced an important challenge in the fifth. Sean Casey singled with two out, and a dangerous hitter in Brandon Inge came to bat. But Carpenter got Inge to swing through a 2-2 pitch to end the threat and stop the Tigers' momentum before it started.

Big number
0 -- Bases on balls for Carpenter. In fact, no Tigers hitter drew as many as three balls in a count.

Game ball
Jim Edmonds -- Four balls: Edmonds drove in runs in the first two games, then had the big hit in Game 3 -- a two-run double in the fourth inning to start the scoring.

Sense of October
Big defensive plays are a staple of the Series. The Cards got two of them in the seventh. First baseman Albert Pujols took two steps to his right to snag Placido Polanco's leadoff line drive. Right fielder So Taguchi made a sliding catch to rob the next hitter, Magglio Ordonez.

Lines of the game
Preston Wilson
3 AB, 1 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 0 RBI
Comment: Wilson was in the lineup because he was 5-for-5 in his career against Tigers starter Nate Robertson. Wilson lined out in his first at-bat, then led off the fourth with a single. Although he was thrown out at the plate later in the inning, Wilson was a catalyst for the two-run inning. He also reached base three times ahead of Pujols, thus putting pressure on Tigers pitchers.

Chris Carpenter
8 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 6 SO
Comment: Carpenter was outstanding at enticing the impatient Tigers to swing. He never reached ball three in a count, even though until the eighth he had started more counts with a ball (12) than with a strike (11).

"All night, I just literally was focused on one pitch at a time, and I was able to make pitches." -- Carpenter

Next step
Cardinals veteran right-hander Jeff Suppan, 1-1 with a 1.86 ERA this postseason, will face the Tigers in Game 4 on Wednesday night.

Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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