St. Louis Cardinals
It wasn’t the biggest home run
Matt Carpenter had hit in the major leagues, but it was special.
Carpenter’s two-run shot in the fifth inning on Aug. 29 gave the Cardinals a 9-1 lead. Before the game, the Galveston, Texas, native had pledged to donate $10,000 for each home run he hits the rest of the season to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund.
Pitcher Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals organization had offered matching pledges, which meant the homer was worth a $30,000 donation.
“I was kind of nervous about the expectations,” Carpenter said. “To be able to do it the first night, get one out of the way and see that money go for a good cause, I’m glad I was able to do that.”
The Cardinals got salary relief by trading right-hander Mike Leake to the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 30, including $17.5 million to cover part of the $55.6 million he is guaranteed during the remainder of a fiveyear, $80 million contract through 2020. Jack Flaherty came up from Class AAA Memphis to take Leake’s spot. The 21-year-old had a rough debut, giving up five runs in four innings of a no-decision Sept. 1 at San Francisco.