Kolten Wong

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July 1, 2011 – Cards Win Fourth Straight, Bandits Fall 5-3

The Cardinals beat the Rays 5-3 behind seven shutout innings by Jake Westbrook. Westbrook only allowed two hits, three walks and struck out seven. The Rays got three runs off of Lance Lynn in relief, but that was all. Colby Rasmus had four RBI, including a three-run home run in the top of the eighth. Fernando Salas earned his 14th save. The win was their fourth in a row and put the Cardinals’ record at 45-38, one game ahead of the Brewers.

CBS Sports –¬†Wild eighth inning marks Cards’ win over Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Colby Rasmus’ home run set off fireworks on and off the field.

Rasmus hit a three-run shot during a wild eighth inning that featured four ejections, leading the St. Louis Cardinals past the Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 on Friday night.

“Colby’s got so much talent,” Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. “When he gets into a game, a lot of good things happen. If he can keep that up, good at-bats, what a huge asset he would be.”

Jake Westbrook gave up two hits in seven scoreless innings for St. Louis, which has won four straight.

Video Highlights:

Westbrook strikes out Brignac in the third

Rasmus’ RBI groundout

Minors: Lumberkings 5, River Bandits 3

Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras went a combined 0 for 8 in this game. Despite that, the Bandits did rally to tie the game 3-3 in the bottom of the 8th. However, the Lumberkings got to Dean Kiekhefer in the top of the ninth for two runs and held on for the 5-3 win. The Bandits’ record dropped to 43-34.

Quad City Times –¬†LumberKings find winning formula

After finishing 22 games below .500 during the first half, the Clinton LumberKings have taken a new approach to the second half of the Midwest League season. Manager Eddie Menchaca has his team keeping it simple.

“What we’re trying to do is win the inning, one inning at a time. We weren’t getting blown out in the first half. We had to clean up the little things and win innings,” said Menchaca, whose team is 5-3 since the all-star break.

Clinton let a two-run lead slip away in the eighth inning Friday at Modern Woodmen Park, but the LumberKings won the inning that mattered the most, scoring twice in the ninth to take home a 5-3 victory over the Quad-Cities River Bandits.

The loss was the fourth straight for Quad-Cities, equaling the team’s longest skid of the season.

Here are some photos from the game:

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Kolten Wong

June 27, 2011: Wong Has Strong Debut With River Bandits

Kolten Wong made his minor league debut on this date in 2011. With Oscar Taveras back from injury now for a couple weeks and Wong being added to the roster, things really started to click for the River Bandits. In this game, they defeated the Cedar Rapids Kernels 8-3. The box score says Wong went two for two with a walk, a sacrifice and two RBIs. The article below says he had five plate appearances. Whichever it was, he was off to a good start. Taveras went two for three with a double and two RBIs in this game.

Quad City Times Article

Kolten Wong took the field Monday night at Modern Woodmen Park with no expectations beyond playing his game.

The St. Louis Cardinals’ first-round selection in the 2011 draft dealt with some nervous energy, but reached base in four of his five plate appearances, collecting two hits and driving two runs home for Quad-Cities in an 8-3 Midwest League win over Cedar Rapids.

“After I got that first at-bat in, I settled down, but before then there were some nerves, a lot of energy. It’s a night I’ll remember for the rest of my life,” said Wong, who drove home the River Bandits’ first run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning before later reaching base on a walk and after being hit by a pitch.