Chris Carpenter helps himself, Cards tie game, 1-1

Ryan Vogelsong looks sharp in the early innings. There's a difference between sharp Vogelsong and hittable Vogelsong -- there's a snap to his two-seamer and knee-high control when he's right. When he walks someone when he's right, it's usually on a stubborn pitch just out of the zone.

Pete Kozma walked in such an at-bat, with Vogelsong missing by a hair on consecutive two-strike pitches. Vogelsong didn't want to let Rogers Kozma get a good swing off on a pitch up, so he teased. It's what Vogelsong does. Occasionally, he gets burned.

He got burned. Vogelsong didn't have the same care with his opposing number, Chris Carpenter, who roped a double to score Kozma all the way from first.


Vogelsong got Jon Jay to pop up to center to end the inning.

In the bottom of the second, Carpenter got Gregor Blanco, Brandon Crawford, and Vogelsong in order, and the two teams head into the third with a 1-1- tie.

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