Kerry Carpenter can now inhale deeply. Carpenter had his first Major League hit on Saturday night at Guaranteed Rate Field in the Tigers’ 6-4 defeat to the White Sox following his call-up on Wednesday. Naturally thrilled for him, said to manager A.J. Hinch. Those are important occasions. He probably feels more like he belongs now than when he first entered the game because you want to take action, you know. Consequently, it was a meaningful time for him personally.
The 24-year-old designated hitter stepped up to the plate with a 0-for-10 line and seven strikeouts to start his MLB career, but he put it all aside and simply wanted to help his club rally in the ninth inning. Carpenter hooked a single up the middle with one out to get his first hit of the early season. Carpenter can now unwind because a significant phase of his career is over.