Cardinals finally use their speed to an advantage
Posted on May 17, 2014 at 7:06 PM
(Baseball StL) -- This is what the Cardinals had in mind when they traded for Peter Bourjos and graduated Kolten Wong from the minor leagues. Speed. Lots and lots of speed.
Well, that’s what the Cards got from those two in the Redbirds 4-1 win over the Braves at Busch Stadium. Wong and Bourjos combined for four bunts for a hit, a pair of runs scored plus a stolen base. Consider the skipper pleased.
“I think today was probably one of the best representations of what speed can do for us,” manager Mike Matheny said. “How the guys made things happen and then got on base and creating havoc. You could tell times when (the Braves) had to be a little quicker than what they’d normally be. Guys did a nice job of making things happen today.”
“That’s what me and Peter (Bourjos) are here for, to get on base,” Wong said. “If it’s going 1st to 3rd(base) or stealing it’s doing whatever to get on base for the guys behind us.
“Going back down (to AAA) I realized I wasn’t doing too much with my feet. I was stealing bags here and there but kind of relaxing. When I came back up I knew speed was the main element I wanted use,” Wong said.
Wong went 2-4 and has back-to-back multi-hit games since getting brought back up from AAA-Memphis. He was demoted in late April before hitting over .340 in the minors. The Cards decided to give him another chance and it appears he’s starting to take advantage of it.