Into the Wild Card, Wong Update

(Busch Stadium) The St. Louis Cardinals moved ahead of Milwaukee for the second National League Wild Card spot tonight with a 7-2 victory over the Brewers.

“Obviously, we have to get there at some point and keep moving forward to get to where we want to go,” said Mike Shildt. “It’s nice, but it’s not something that we’re really bearing down on. We’re just looking to play good baseball and win series, which we’re doing. A by-product of that is you’ll be in a good spot in the standings.”

The night also began on a positive note for second baseman Kolten Wong, who collected his 500th career hit with a single in the 3rd inning. However, he was then struck on the elbow by an errant pickoff throw and had to leave the game in the 4th inning.

“Kolten’s going to be it looks like day-to-day,” shared Mike Shildt postgame. “Everything looked negative from an x-ray perspective. I think he’s going to be fine, just got him in kind of a tough place. Kind of a stinger, had trouble going in and gripping the ball so clearly a decision to get him out today and we’ll evaluate for tomorrow and moving forward. But it’s not anything serious.”

Wong is hitting .500 (9-18) in the midst of a six-game hitting streak.

–For the first time in over a month, Matt Carpenter was unable to reach base safely which ended his streak at 35 games. It was the third longest on-base streak in the Majors this season and Carpenter had a line of .310/.447/.770 during the stretch.

–Besides improving to 13-3 on the season, Miles Mikolas received even better news today as his newborn twins were able to go home from the hospital. Arriving prematurely at the All-Star break, little Miles and Madelyn spent their first few weeks in the NIC unit of a Florida hospital. Mikolas shares they are doing great, got to meet their big sister today, and even have chubby cheeks filling in.

–Harrison Bader raced to his third triple of the season and also garnered a standing ovation for a diving catch in centerfield. He also drove in a pair of RBIs.

–Marcell Ozuna’s home run into Big Mac Land measured in at 450 feet, which is the second longest homer of the season at Busch Stadium this season. Tommy Pham holds the mark with a 454 foot blast.

photo credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

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