Chris Carpenter added his name to an exclusive list on Thursday night with his second consecutive ten-strikeout game for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Almost lost in all the St. Louis Cardinals hit-by-pitch posturing, multiple home runs and final inning comeback Wednesday night was the performance on the mound by Chris Carpenter.
Though the bullpen helped cost him a win, the Cardinals’ ace still fanned ten Arizona Diamondbacks through seven-plus innings. In fact, it was the right-hander’s second consecutive ten strikeout performance, coming on the heels of his seven-inning, 10 K win over the Mets last Friday night.
Surprisingly, it was Carpenter’s first such back-to-back double-digit strikeout performance as a Cardinal in his seventh year with the club. In doing so, his was the 21st in team history by the 11th individual. Teammate Adam Wainwright joined the group last September as he built his case for the Cy Young Award that ultimately went to Tim Lincecum.
From a historical perspective, not surprisingly, Hall of Famer Bob Gibson dominates the list with nine of the 21 entries. Gibson not only has the single four-game, double-digit strikeout streak in team history, but he had also four of the five three-game stretches ever accrued by a Cardinals hurler.
Streak of 10 or more strikeout games, Cardinals pitchers
Thanks to Tom Orf for providing the data table.
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