• The State College Spikes, the Cardinals' short-season Class A affiliate, fell to the Jamestown Jammers, 6-5, Friday in Game 1 of the New York-Penn League Semifinal Series. The Spikes nearly came back from an early 6-0 deficit by scoring five runs in the sixth, but Jamestown hung on for the victory. Game 2 of the best-of-three series was scheduled for Saturday night in State College.
• Matt Carpenter hit his team-leading seventh triple Friday, his second in as many nights. The last Cardinal to triple in three straight games was Luis Alicea in 1992. In addition to tying Albert Pujols for the Busch Stadium III single-season hit record at 98, Carpenter is also three doubles shy of the ballpark record of 29, set by Scott Rolen in 2006.
Chad Thornburg is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.