St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Carlos Beltran blows a bubble in the dugout in the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
(The Chirp) --CF Carlos Beltran stole his 300th base in the second inning, making him the eighth player in history to have that many steals and that many home runs. He joined a club that includes Willie Mays, Alex Rodriguez, Barry Bonds and Andre Dawson. Beltran got picked off second moments later.
--3B Carson Kelly, a 17-year-old Oregon high schooler signed to a $1.6 million contract, a high figure for a fifth-round pick, hit five balls over the wall in batting practice on Friday, showing little fear. "Pretty impressive for a 17-year-old kid," said manager Mike Matheny. "Sure seems like a nice pick."
--RHP Chris Carpenter, rehabilitating from a shoulder ailment, threw 40 pitches off the mound Friday in his second such bullpen session. He also threw come curveballs and said he would throw again on Monday before accompanying the club to Detroit. "Felt good," said Carpenter. Carpenter said another session would be scheduled for Wednesday in Detroit, before the next step is outlined.
--SS Rafael Furcal, though he was at the plate when replacement SS Tyler Greene was tagged out trying to score the tying run in the ninth inning, got most of the game off after going 1 for his last 20 and 8 for 54. "I know everything is going to come together again," said Furcal. Manager Mike Matheny said, "There's nothing for certain that we wouldn't give him another day (off). I don't think it's anything mechanically. Physically, he's just beat. For a shortstop who plays as many games as he does, it just wears on you." Furcal has missed only two of the Cardinals' first 65 games.
--OF Shane Robinson contributed his club-leading sixth pinch hit of the season, driving in one of the Cardinals' runs in the seventh. Robinson has become a valuable extra man and has had a couple of big days when he starts in the field. But manager Mike Matheny is looking for a more power-packed lineup with his team struggling, so Carlos Beltran played center field, with Allen Craig going to right field, Matt Holliday playing left field and Matt Adams at first base.
--SS Tyler Greene had his third three-hit game of the season and put together his second multiple-hit game in his last two starts. Greene, whose average had dipped into the low .200s, has built it back up to .231.
BY THE NUMBERS: 35, 27 -- Hits and runs batted in that OF/1B Allen Craig has in only 100 at-bats