Monday night he wasn’t the dominating postseason pitcher of the past, when he compiled a 10-2 record in 16 starts with a 2.88 ERA, including an 8-0 win over Washington in Game 3 of the NLDS. He pitched only four innings against the Giants, giving up six hits and the five runs (two earned).
Despite his notable comeback, Carpenter expected better than this.
Though he never expected to meet up with John Wayne.
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