Greg Garcia’s reward for getting the walk-off-hit-by-pitch in last night’s Cardinals win? A trip back to Memphis. The better news, however: Kolten Wong is back (even though he never should have left). Here’s the news release from the Cardinals.
Wong, who was on the Cardinals Opening Day roster for the first time, was optioned to Memphis on April 27 and turned in a stellar performance for the Redbirds, batting .344 (22-for-64) with two home runs and 10 RBI in 15 games. The left-handed hitting Wong was 6-for-16 (.375 BA) with runners in scoring position and he was a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts.
Wong, 23, enjoyed a 4-hit, 4-RBI game yesterday against Round Rock, upping his batting mark over the past 10 games to .372. He hit safely in 13 of his 15 games for Memphis, including six multi-hit efforts.
In 20 games played for the Cardinals this season, Wong had a double and triple amongst his 16 hits (.225 BA) in addition to a team-high three stolen bases.
Garcia drew a bases loaded hit by pitch in the 12th inning last night for his first career major league RBI — the first time since 1974 that the Cardinals had won a game in walk-off fashion via a hit batsman.
Wong will report for tonight’s game (7:15 p.m. CDT) against the Chicago Cubs. He wears uniform no. 16.
UPDATE FROM THE CARDINALS:
Second baseman Kolten Wong, who was recalled from Memphis (AAA) today, reported to the ballpark earlier today suffering from stomach illness and was sent home in order to rest and recover. He is not expected to be available for tonight’s game.