(Busch Stadium) For the first time since joining the St. Louis Cardinals before the 2017 season, Dexter Fowler will go to sleep with a .300 batting average. With four hits, including a 2-run homer, the outfielder raised his average to .303 on the season and helped the team to a 13-5 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
“Honestly, I’m just trying to go out and take good ABs,” Fowler said. “Been putting good swings, good at-bats. It’s kind of contagious–the boys have been taking good at-bats and it’s awesome to see.”
Besides the four hits, Fowler also drove in four runs and scored three, marking the first time in his career he had those totals.
This was the fifth time in Fowler’s career he registered four hits and first since June 9, 2018 against San Diego.
The recent performance has not gone unnoticed by his mentor Barry Bonds, who back in January at the team’s Winter Warm-Up described Dexter’s swing as “perfect”.
“It’s funny, he texted me yesterday,” Fowler shared. “He’s like ‘hey, keep swinging it, now over .300’. I said, ‘I got you, I got you’. It’s funny, because literally texted me this morning.”
Fowler has now hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games (.415, 17-41) and five of those have been multi-hit games.
–Paul Goldschmidt also hit a 2-run homerun in the game. His nine homeruns to start the season are the most since Albert Pujols (12, 2006) and Mark McGwire.
–Yadier Molina’s RBI single in the seventh inning extended his hitting streak to 10 games (.310, 13-42).
–Matt Carpenter’s double in the seventh inning moved him into a tie with Pepper Martin (270) for 15th in Cardinals all-time franchise history.
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