If I were a Carpenter
Chris Carpenter (1-5) pitched nine innings against the Cubs on Sunday, surrendering seven hits and two walks. The Cardinals' righthander finished strong, retiring eight of the last nine batters he faced, with the base runner coming on a walk. But his teammates were gripped by whatever ails the Phillies and went extra innings with Chicago before winning, 3-2, in 10. Carpenter has won at least 15 games in all of his healthy seasons since 2004, but remained stuck on his lone win back on May 10.
Placido Polanco ended Sunday hitting .320 and Domonic Brown was at .304. The last time the Phillies had two starters finish the season at .300 was in 2007, when Chase Utley hit a career-high .332 and Aaron Rowand hit .309. . . . Reds manager Dusty Baker said it's "a good maybe" that Edinson Volquez will be back on Monday and start on Tuesday against the Cubs. The righthander was sent to the minors to fix his control problems. . . . Jordan Schafer was back in the Braves' lineup two days after he suffered a small sinus fracture by fouling a bunt off his face.