Chris Carpenter made just his fifth start since the 2006 season on Thursday. (AP)
By Matthew Leach / MLB.com
Chris Carpenter kicked off his 2009 season in pursuit of the first no-hitter at the new Busch Stadium, but a hit in the seventh spelled the end of his dazzling bid. His outing was not for naught, however, as Yadier Molina and Brian Barden plated RBIs to lift the Cards to victory.
Game Scores: Ohlendorf , Carpenter, C . HBP: Ryan (by Burnett, S). Pitches-strikes: Ohlendorf 94-58, Burnett, S 12-9, Yates 10-7, Carpenter, C 92-61, Franklin 15-11, Reyes, De 11-6. Groundouts-flyouts: Ohlendorf 6-8, Burnett, S 0-1, Yates 1-1, Carpenter, C 12-1, Franklin 0-2, Reyes, De 2-1. Batters faced: Ohlendorf 25, Burnett, S 4, Yates 3, Carpenter, C 26, Franklin 3, Reyes, De 3. Inherited runners-scored: Burnett, S 2-1. Umpires: HP: Marvin Hudson. 1B: Joe West. 2B: Ed Rapuano.
3B: Paul Schrieber. Weather: 58 degrees, cloudy. Wind: 12 mph, R to L. T: 2:31. Att:
35,293. Venue: Busch Stadium. April 9, 2009 April 9, 2009
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner