As they face the possibility of elimination from the playoffs, Kolten Wong and the St. Louis Cardinals remain confident they can prolong the National League Championship Series.
“We’re confident–we have our best starter out there,” stated Wong after Game 4’s loss on Wednesday. “He’s definitely going to give it his all, he’s done so all season long. We’re just ready to go. This game’s done, we’re ready to move on and see what we can do next.”
-Before the St. Louis Cardinals took to the field for their first game of the playoffs, Wong made it clear that he was not going to dwell on his mistake of being picked off last year, but was ready to move on and create new postseason memories. And thus far, he has been true to his word.
Wong is batting .357 in the NLCS and has seven extra-base hits overall in this postseason. The total is the most in playoff history for a National League rookie second baseman, breaking the record set in 1953 by Jim Gilliam of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It also ties Wong with Tommy Herr (’85) for the most playoff extra base hits by a second baseman in franchise history and sets a new Cardinals rookie record.
By hitting a home run in the third inning of Game 4, the rookie also tied Shane Victorino (’09) for the most home runs hit in a postseason by a Hawaiian-born player with three.
Matt Carpenter also moved into the record books–his first inning double was his eighth extra base hit of the playoffs. That ties him with Rickey Henderson, Lenny Dykstra, and Derek Jeter for the most from a lead-off hitter in one postseason.
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