Wong gets chance to contribute

Wong gets chance to contribute

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 26: Kolten Wong #16 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a single in the eighth inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Three of the 2013 World Series at Busch Stadium on October 26, 2013 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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by Brian Feldman, BaseballStL

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Posted on October 27, 2013 at 1:23 AM

(BaseballStL) -- Kolten Wong's entrance into the Major Leagues hasn't gone exactly as he planned. In fact, I'm not sure the former 1st round pick ever imagined he'd hit in the .100s at any level. But as a bench player who hardly sees the field Wong finally got a chance to not only play in Game 3, he got a chance to play in very meaningful innings.

Called upon in a double switch in the top of the 8th inning, he immediately had a rocket hit to him with the bases loaded and one out. It was a very tough hop but he got it to shortstop Pete Kozma quickly. They didn't turn the double play and the Red Sox ultimately tied it up that inning, but it was still a great play by Wong.

"That was a tough play, too, one of those sinking line drives. I wanted to make sure I stayed in front of it. I didn't want it to go into the outfield where it'd score a couple runs so I just tried to block it, catch it and try and turn a double play," Wong said.

Then in the bottom of the 8th Wong roped a single to right field before stealing second. The Cardinals didn't score that inning but it was yet another big moment for a guy hitting just .153 as a big leaguer.

"It's just a little bit more confidence that I can put into my game," Wong said. "I understand that I belong here and I can play here."

He's on the Major League roster. There's a chance he could get even more opportunities in the future.

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