Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter beats shift, gets double with bunt

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Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter beats shift, gets double with bunt

The Cardinals’ Matt Carpenter took advantage of the Marlins’ shift by laying down a perfect bunt that he was able to turn into a stand-up double.

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Well, that’s one way to beat a shift.

Greeted with a shifted defense in the fifth inning of the St. Louis Cardinals’ game against the Miami Marlins, third baseman Matt Carpenter bucked recent baseball strategy and played some small ball. With two outs, the left-handed hitter laid down a perfect bunt to the completely vacated left side of the infield. 

Marlins pitcher Elieser Hernandez was forced to make the play on the ball, but it was already to the outfield grass by the time he got to it, allowing Carpenter plenty of time to scamper to second.

It was the rarely seen “bunt double” with no error on the play. 

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