Runnin' Redbirds showcase speed in victory over Braves 4-1
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 10: Peter Bourjos #8 of the St. Louis Cardinals stands on deck against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the game at PNC Park May 10, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) By Justin K. Aller
ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 17: Starter Shelby Miller #40 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Atlanta Braves at Busch Stadium on May 17, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
ST. LOUIS, MO - MAY 17: Starter Aaron Harang #34 of the Atlanta Braves pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on May 17, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) By Dilip Vishwanat
(BaseballStL) – With 4 runs, 4 bunts for hits, a stolen base and a squeeze play, the Cardinals gained not only the victory today, but the series win as they showcased the speed that Kolten Wong and Peter Bourjos bring to the team.
This game is exactly why the Cardinals traded for Bourjos and continued to reaffirm the faith the Cards have in Wong – a throwback to Whitey Ball.
"It was probably one of the best representations of what speed can do for us," manager Mike Matheny said, "getting on base and creating havoc. Guys did a nice job of making things happen today."
Wong made an error in the second to give the Braves a 1-0 lead, but both he and Bourjos made up for it by accounting for 3 of the Redbirds 4 runs on the afternoon.
Wong lead-off the fourth inning with his first bunt for a hit and then went first to third on Matt Holliday’s single up the middle. The speedy Wong went on to score on a shallow sacrifice fly to right field from Yadier Molina, his 23 RBI.
Then in the seventh, Big City Matt Adams stroked a ball to left that Justin Upton couldn’t handle and the big man had his second, again that's number 2, triple of the season. A squeeze play, a perfect bunt from Bourjos, made the game 4-1 and that's how it would end.
"I think we're all hungry for some consistency," Matheny continued, "We're seeing aggressive play and that's something we need to continue."
In one of Shelby Miller’s best performances this season, the 23-year-old right-hander went 7.0 innings – the longest this season – and gave up no earned runs with 2 walks and 7 strike-outs.
For the third consecutive day, Trevor Rosenthal came on in the ninth and pitched a 1-2-3 inning for his 13th save.
The Cards try for the sweep Sunday as Jaime Garcia takes to the mound for the first time since May 17, 2013, almost one year to the since he's thrown a pitch in a MLB game. He takes on Gavin Floyd (0-1).