(Busch Stadium) A broken bat double down the left field line from Matt Adams drove in the two go-ahead runs in the 8th inning as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 5-3 tonight.
“At first I forgot that I had to run to second I was so excited,” smiled Adams. “These kinds of wins are just team wins. For each and every one of us in here, it means a lot. For us to go out there and do it on a daily basis it means that much more.”
When the Cardinals claimed Matt Adams off waivers in August, it was with this type of situation in mind–power off the bench, even against a left-hander like San Francisco’s Tony Watson.
“I told him regardless, they bring (Watson) in it’s your at-bat” said Mike Shildt. “I like Big City there. He’s taken big at-bats, he’s taken big at-bats against lefties, he knows what this stage looks like so I was really comfortable with him taking that at-bat.”
“Just a little confidence boost,” said Adams. “The last at-bat I had against a lefty in Atlanta, I smoked the ball right up the middle and the shortstop was standing right there. So I think for me, it was just trying to see the ball and be calm in the box today.”
The double marked the first pinch-hit for Adams since returning to the Cardinals and was his 40th overall for the team.
The win ensured that St. Louis will stay at least 1.5 games ahead of Colorado for the second NL Wild Card spot.
–Second baseman Kolten Wong was removed from the game in the 8th inning due to cramping in both of his hamstrings. He felt them begin to tighten while running out a fly ball in the 2nd inning.
“I kind of knew it wasn’t a strain,” said Wong. “It just kept getting tighter. My second AB, I basically walked to first after the hit. I didn’t want to hurt the team by not being able to run, so figured I’d get out and try to figure out what’s going on.”
The cramping reached the point where Wong shared he could barely make it up the dugout steps on the way back to the clubhouse. But after some treatment he was moving around much better in the clubhouse.
“Either a mild strain on both of them or dehydration,” said Wong. “But we checked my water levels, everything was good. So they’re saying it’s probably just a different type of dehydration.”
Wong had a pair of RBI singles before his exit and isn’t ruling out being back in the lineup Saturday.
“If I wake up tomorrow and I feel good, I’m playing,” stated Wong. “I want to be in there. We’ve got eight games left, there’s no sense in sitting back and waiting for an injury to go away. I’d rather play hard right now and give my team my all and be out there with these guys.”
Closer Carlos Martinez celebrated his 27th birthday by earning his 4th save in as many chances.
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