Shane Robinson provides huge insurance run off the bench -

Shane Robinson provides huge insurance run off the bench

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By John Bailey By John Bailey

(BaseballStL) -- There are now four Robinsons to hit home runs in the postseason.  Jackie.  Frank.  Brooks.  Now, Shane. 

"That's pretty good," Shane Robinson quipped after the Cardinals 4-2 win.

The man known as "Sugar Shane" drilled the second pitch he saw off Dodgers reliever J.P. Howell 377 feet in the 7th inning to give the Redbirds a two run lead.  It hit the top of the left field wall and tumbled over, giving the outfielder one of the biggest thrills of his entire life.

"It's up there," Robinson said. "Marriage and child birth are a little bit above it but it's certainly up there."

The 5'9" 165 pound Florida State alum hasn't had many chances to play this season.  He has typically been a right-handed option to Jon Jay in center field and only starts on the rare occassion.  So the fact he only received 144 at-bats this year in 99 games makes this moment even sweeter for him.

"It's gratifying to be able to help my team," Robinson said.  "I haven't gotten many opportunities coming off the bench and there was the one lefty in the Dodgers bullpen.  To be able to go up there and put a great swing on a ball and actually put it out, it was pretty good."

With a weakened bench due to the injury of Allen Craig - thrusting Matt Adams into a starting role - Robinson is possibly the biggest threat the Cardinals have for offense.  He's commonly viewed as one of the best defenders in the organization but hasn't been able to get more than reserve playing time in his career in St. Louis. 

You wonder if this success will change the way Mike Matheny views Robinson moving forward.

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