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Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals Voted National League Pitcher of the Month for August09/03/2009 4:41 PM ET
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Chris Carpenter, who posted a perfect 5-0 record last month, has been voted National League Pitcher of the Month for August. This marks the first monthly honor of Carpenter's career.
In six starts last month, Carpenter posted five wins and a 2.20 ERA through 45.0 innings pitched while notching 37 strikeouts against just seven walks. On August 1st, the two-time All-Star pitched his second complete game of the season, allowing just one run while striking out five without issuing a walk. In that outing, the first-round selection in the 1993 First-Year Player Draft slammed a double in the seventh inning to score the go-ahead run, the sixth RBI of his career and his first since 2006, en route to a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium. Last night, Chris won his 10th consecutive decision, which is the second time in his career that he has a winning streak of at least 10 games. He is now just the second pitcher in St. Louis history to have more than one winning streak of at least 10 games, joining Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, who accomplished the feat three times. The 2005 N.L. Cy Young Award winner is currently 15-3 on the season with a Major League-best 2.28 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 157.2 innings pitched.
Other pitchers receiving votes were Colorado Rockies right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, who went 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA and 38 strikeouts, and Phillies southpaw Cliff Lee, who went 4-1 with a 2.00 ERA for the first-place Phillies. Others receiving consideration were Carpenter's teammates Adam Wainwright, who had the lowest ERA (1.30) of any Major League pitcher with at least 40.0 innings pitched, and closer Ryan Franklin, who led the Majors with 11 saves. Also considered was Philadelphia Phillies rookie left-hander J.A. Happ, who compiled three wins and two complete games in August.
Chris Carpenter will receive a specially-designed trophy and a Sharp AQUOS full HD LCD-TV to commemorate his Pitcher of the Month performance.
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