Carpenter slams first MLB homer

As the season kicks into gear, former Horned Frogs are making headlines in Major League Baseball.

Matt Carpenter

After going 4-for-4 at the plate Sunday, Matt Carpenter is making headlines. The rookie drove in five runs in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 10-3 win against the Chicago Cubs.

Carpenter started the game with a single to center, scoring the first run of the game. Following another single, he knocked a two-run homer 428 feet in the fifth to put the Cards up 8-2.

It didn’t stop there for Carpenter as he tripled to deep center to score two more runs for St. Louis in the seventh.

Carpenter is batting .409 with 10s RBIs in 22 at-bats for the Cardinals. 

With starters like Lance Berkman and David Freese with day-to-day injury status, the 26-year-old has played in four of the last five games for St. Louis. 

Jake Arrieta

Jake Arrieta (1-0, 3.10) has started on the mound twice for the Baltimore Orioles since the last Frogs in the Pros report.

Arrieta pitched 6 and 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts, seven hits and a walk Monday night at Chicago (White Sox).

After a 1-2-3 inning, Arrieta gave up a home run in the bottom of the second. The right-hander kept the Sox at bay until he found himself in trouble in the sixth, allowing two runs to score off a double. The Orioles won 10-4.

On April 11, Arrieta gave up four runs on five hits in the third game of the series against the New York Yankees. 

He pitched five strikeouts and a walk in 6 and 2/3 innings of work. The Orioles went on to lose the game 6-4 in 10 innings at Camden Yards.

Andrew Cashner

The right-handed reliever has seen action in four of the last five games for the San Diego Padres. Cashner (0-1, 2.70) pitched in the third game of the Arizona series and games one and three of the Los Angeles Dodgers series. 

Cashner pitched one inning, allowing one hit and one walk in the bottom of the eighth at Colorado on Monday. The Padres won 7-1.

Cashner has pitched a total of 6 and 2/3 innings, striking out six batters and giving up three hits and seven walks.

Scott Atchison

The 36-year-old closer last saw action Sunday for the Boston Red Sox against the Tampa Bay Rays. Atchison came in the sixth for relief, allowing a hit and a walk with a strikeout before being pulled. The Red Sox went on to win 6-4 at Fenway Park.