Carter Home Run Against Former Stanford Teammate Among Highlights

June 14, 2010

Former Stanford star Chris Carter wasted little time in opening up interleague play this past weekend, sending one over the wall against his former Cardinal teammate.  Jeremy Guthrie dropped to 3-7 on the season as Carter and the New York Mets overpowered the Orioles Friday night in a 5-1 decision at Camden Yards.  Guthrie gave up his tenth home run of the season against Carter in the fourth in his second at-bat of the night as the Mets went on to celebrate their first win against the Orioles of the weekend.

With one out and runners at first and second, “The Animal,” as he is called by fellow players and fans in New York, came to bat hoping to increase the Mets one run lead.  Facing a 1-1 count, Carter expected a fastball from his teammate from Stanford.  Instead, Guthrie threw a changeup, allowing Carter to swing the bat with enough power to get the three-run homer, his first home run in his major league career.  Afterward, Carter’s teammates noted his exceptional preparation and intensity for games. [Click here for MLB video of the home run]

That same intensity allowed for Carter to hit a second homer off of Baltimore righty Kevin Millwood two days later in a similar situation with two on, one out, and a 1-1 count.  This time, though, he cleared the bases in his first at-bat to give the Mets a 5-0 lead after the first as New York went on to win, 11-4.  Carter is now 4-for-16 in the past 10 games with three runs, two home runs, and seven driven in.

Carter wasn’t the only former Stanford player to shine in the majors these first few weeks of June.  Pitcher Drew Storen continues to effectively pitch as the closer for the Nationals.  In his six games in June, the right hander has allowed one run in six innings and dropped his ERA from 3.86 to 1.54 on the season.  Storen even got his second win of the season against Pittsburgh last week in a 7-5 Nats win.  With star pitcher Stephen Strasburg and a phenomenal bullpen featuring Storen, the Nats have helped make the NL East one of the toughest divisions in all of Major League Baseball.

Around the country, Jason Castro continues to hit well with Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .333 in his last ten games with the Express, featuring six runs, 12 hits, two home runs, and six RBIs.  He also continues to impress both the Express and parent club, Houston, as the man behind the plate.

Elsewhere in professional baseball, former Stanford standout Cord Phelps was called up to Triple-A Columbus as their new second baseman.  His four games with Columbus have had Phelps reaching base nine times, including a solo-blast against Triple-A Norfolk Sunday night, and has driven in four runs, good enough for a .375 hitting average.

Former major leaguer Greg Reynolds has come off the disabled list after injuring his shoulder and now plays for Double-A Tulsa.  His return has been rough, though, notching a 0-2 record with a 6.23 ERA, including nine earned runs in 4.2 innings in his debut with the Drillers.  Reynolds, however, is expected to be back to his former throwing self as Tulsa continues its summer season in the Texas League.

Finally, former Cardinal Mike Gosling has elected to go on the Voluntarily Retired List, ending his season with Triple-A Columbus with a 3-0 record and 2.96 ERA.