Carp continues mastery of Indians

Carp continues mastery of Indians
May 25, 2013, 8:15 pm
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BOSTON – Mike Carp insists he has nothing personal against the Indians. It would be hard to tell from his numbers against them this season.
 
He is batting .500, going 6-for-12, with three doubles, a triple, a home run, and six RBI this season. In the past two games he has a three-run homer that gave the Red Sox all the runs they would need on Friday, and a game-tying, two-out, pinch-hit double in the eighth inning on Saturday.
 
Carp, is hitting .300, but has had just 50 at-bats this season. But he has made them count, going 15-for-25. Of his 15 overall hits this season, 11 have been for extra bases, with six doubles, two triples, and three home run.
 
As a pinch hitter this season he is 3-for-10  with a double, a home run, and three RBI.
 
The secret to his pinch-hit success?
 
“Low-maintenance swing,” said manager John Farrell. “He’s able to hit a fastball. He’s always been able to do that throughout his career and he pays attention. He knew probably ahead of time, two innings ahead of time, knows that that spot is coming up, knowing how they like to build back to [closer Chris] Perez and [Vinnie} Pestano was going to be in that spot. And he stays ready. That’s not an easy role.
 
“A key hit today.”
 
Carp was called to pinch hit against Pestano with two outs, Pedro Ciriaco on second, and the Sox trailing by a run in the eighth inning. Carp came through with a run-scoring double. It was his first double in 33 career pinch-hit plate appearances.
 
“Just trying to get a pitch I can put a good swing on,” Carp said. “Left one out over the plate and got it off the wall. It’s big. Especially I was in a little bit of a slump, [going 0-for-1 before this three-run clout on Friday]. To be able to come out of that and win the ballgame, it means a lot.
 
“We always get ready. Guys on the bench, fifth sixth inning, we start playing with matchups, see what matchups are going to go.”
 
He got a scouting report on the right-handed Pestano from Jarrod Saltalamacchia.
 
Saltalamacchia's advice?
 
“Get a fastball over the plate,” said Carp. “That’s the first pitch he threw me.”
 
And the only one Carp needed.