ST. LOUIS -- Matt Carpenter needed only two hits to reach base in five of his seven plate appearances Tuesday night, one of them a leadoff triple. The Diamondbacks' pitchers did the rest, hitting Carpenter three times with pitches, tying the Major League record for most times in one game by a player.
Carpenter took a pitch to his hand in the seventh, forearm in the ninth and shoulder in the 13th, and he said he's lucky to not have been hurt.
"I think my exact words were, 'Three times? Really?'" Carpenter said. "It is what it is. Obviously they're not doing it on purpose with getting the tying run, winning run on base. They were definitely trying to make pitches inside. I just got hit three times. It's an unfortunate deal."
Carpenter become the second player to be plunked three times by Arizona in a game, and he set the Cardinals single-game record.
"That does not happen often, and I"m sure nobody is going to attempt to break that anytime soon."
The last player to be hit by a pitch three times in one game was Austin Kearns in 2010 with the Indians. Before Tuesday, Carpenter had only been hit by pitch four times in his career and once this season.
Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.