PHOENIX (AP)—A pair of former Diamondbacks helped give Casey Daigle a rude welcome to the majors.
The Cardinals pounded Daigle for five home runs—two by Sanders—in 2 2-3 innings. It was the most homers allowed by a Diamondbacks’ pitcher in the franchise’s seven-year history.
“It was unfortunate because he went up against a tough lineup,” Sanders said. “He left the ball in the middle of the plate a lot.”
Chris Carpenter (1-0) got his first victory since July 24, 2002, allowing five runs on seven hits in six innings.
“Chris came out and made a lot of good pitches, a lot of good pitches after that first inning,” St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said.
Carpenter did not appear in a major league game last season while coming back from shoulder surgery.
“It was an exciting day for me personally, because I worked so hard to get back to this point,” he said. “It was just great that I was able to do it in this situation and give ourselves a chance to win.”
Sanders and Womack both still make their homes in the Phoenix area, and their wives and children were on hand to watch them play.
“This place is always special to me,” Womack said. “We did a lot here. I accomplished a lot here and I had fun here. I try to keep that same mentality when I come back here on the opposing team. I’m not doing it for revenge or anything like that. I enjoy playing here.”
Daigle (0-1), a 23-year-old right-hander who pitched for Double-A El Paso last season, allowed eight runs and 10 hits before he was lifted after Sanders’ second homer careened off the Nissan sign 445 feet from home plate with two outs in the third.
“It wasn’t very pretty,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. “He just made a lot of mistakes in the middle of the plate, which is something we did not see him do this spring. You’d like to just chalk it up to first-game jitters and I’m sure we’ll see a different outing next time.”
Daigle was just glad to get the first one out of the way.
“My arm felt good. That was the most important thing,” he said. “I’m just ready to get back out there in four days and do a little something different.”
Pujols hit a solo shot in the first inning. Sanders added a two-run homer and Womack an RBI single in the second, then Lankford, Rolen and Sanders homered in the Cardinals’ four-run third.
Rolen’s two-run single off reliever Andrew Good put St. Louis up 10-3 in the fourth.
With two outs in the seventh and the Diamondbacks trailing 10-6, Greg Colbrunn tried to score from first on Luis Gonzalez’s double to right and was called out on a close play by plate umpire Chris Guccione on Womack’s relay throw.
The Diamondbacks briefly took a 3-1 lead in the first on singles by Finleyand Roberto Alomar, an RBI double by Gonzalez and Cintron’s two-run single.
Womack’s four hits tied a career best. … Hall of Famer Robin Yount will be acting manager for the Diamondbacks Saturday night while Brenly serves a one-game suspension for inappropriate conduct toward an umpire in a spring training game. … Daigle is engaged to star softball pitcher Jennie Finch. … Sanders is playing for his seventh team since 1998. It was his 23rd multihomer game. … Arizona’s Richie Sexson was 0-for-4 to drop to 2-for-16 for theseason. Both hits were homers.