Relaxed Wong finally comfortable with Cardinals’ role
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Going into spring training, St. Louis manager Mike Shildt delivered the message second baseman Kolten Wong always wanted to hear.
Wong begins Cardinals’ homer parade in 11-6 win over Braves
ATLANTA (AP) — Miles Mikolas has been unbeatable this season when the St. Louis Cardinals score him a couple of runs.
He's 16-0 when getting at least two runs of support, a big asset for the Cardinals as they stay in the postseason hunt.
"I've been fortunate enough that when I've pitched, we've had great offense and we've put up runs and played great defense and everything has just come together," Mikolas said. "It's been a great season."
Mikolas, O’Neill homer to help Cardinals beat Rockies 7-5
DENVER (AP) — Miles Mikolas had some pitches he'd rather have back. His swing was a keeper.
Mikolas and Tyler O'Neill each homered and the St. Louis Cardinals leaned on their bullpen to withstand a Colorado rally and beat the Rockies 7-5 Friday night for their fourth straight win.
Cardinals beat Brewers 5-2, pull closer in wild-card race
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Jack Flaherty got an extra day of rest and a chance to pitch against Milwaukee, and took advantage of both.
Kolten Wong and Marcell Ozuna drove in two runs apiece, Flaherty pitched six shutout innings and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Brewers 5-2 on Friday night.
"As the season goes on, whether you are facing a team for the first time or for the third time, there's adjustments made on both sides," Flaherty said.
"Whoever I'm out there I'm pitching against, I'm pitching against."
Gant homers, pitches Cardinals to 6-4 win over Nationals
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Even John Gant cracked a smile.
Gant homered for his first major league hit and pitched one-run ball into the sixth inning, helping the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Washington Nationals 6-4 on Tuesday night for their season-high seventh consecutive victory.
MIAMI (AP) — Javy Guerra kept closer Kyle Barraclough's struggles from costing Miami a victory Monday night.
Guerra cleaned up a ninth-inning mess created by Barraclough, getting Yadier Molina to hit into a double play to end the Marlins' 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
"It was important to be ready," Guerra said. "I think overall I went in there prepared and got the right results. It went well."
Gyorko, Wong and Molina lead Cardinals over Pirates, 8-4
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Kolten Wong didn't miss a beat as he came off the disabled list. In fact, he had one of his best games of the season.
The second baseman was activated before the game and had three hits to help lead the St. Louis Cardinals to an 8-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night. Jedd Gyorko drove in three runs and Yadier Molina also had three hits.
Wong had been out since July 22 with left knee inflammation and brought a .216 batting average into the game.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Dexter Fowler's difficult season has taken another downturn as the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder has sustained a broken left foot and will wear a walking boot for one month.
Fowler was put on the 10-day disabled list prior to Saturday night's game with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Second baseman Kolten Wong was activated from the 10-day DL.
Fowler was examined by team doctors. He'll be reevaluated after a month in the boot.
CHICAGO (AP) — Dexter Fowler broke out of his funk in grand style.
The slumping outfielder hit his fourth career grand slam, All-Star Miles Mikolas tossed six innings of three-hit ball and the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Chicago White Sox 14-2 on Tuesday night.
Kolten Wong had four hits, including a two-run homer and a double, as every St. Louis starter except catcher Yadier Molina got at least one hit. Jose Martinez had three hits and two RBIs.
Carpenter leads Cardinals past Phillies 7-6
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Matt Carpenter had a hunch a fastball was coming. When the pitch arrived, he delivered.
Carpenter hit a tiebreaking solo homer with two out in the ninth, helping the St. Louis Cardinals edge the Philadelphia Phillies 7-6 on Tuesday night.
Carpenter also had a tying two-run double in St. Louis' four-run seventh. Tommy Pham homered and singled for the Cardinals, and Kolten Wong also went deep.
Odubel Herrera and Carlos Santana connected for the Phillies.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong has a flair for the dramatic.
Wong led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a home run off Richard Rodriguez, giving the Cardinals a 3-2 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — For the St. Louis Cardinals, there's more importance to their early season games with the Chicago Cubs this year than most seasons.
The games are about St. Louis putting to rest any leftover doubts after a dismal 5-14 record against its rival a year ago.
ST. LOUIS — Matt Albers got his first save for Milwaukee, retiring Kolten Wong and Dexter Fowler to strand a pair of runners in the ninth inning, and the Brewers beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 on Wednesday at Busch Stadium.
Albers hangs on for 1st save as Brewers top Cards 3-2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Following a pair of extra-inning games, the Milwaukee Brewers hoped to establish a decent margin in their series finale against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Matt Albers held on to a one-run lead in the ninth inning to earn his first save for Milwaukee, retiring Kolten Wong and Dexter Fowler to strand a pair of runners, and the Brewers beat the Cardinals 3-2 Wednesday.
Cardinals’ Wong running during spring training
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Kolten Wong has six steals during in spring training — two shy of his total during the 2017 season.
"I figure if I can get into that rhythm now. I won't be able to lose it too fast when the season starts," the St. Louis Cardinals second baseman said. "Obviously things kind of get drawn back a little bit."
Wong has 53 regular-season stolen bases, including 20 in 2014. At one point projected a leadoff hitter, he likely will bat eighth when the season starts.
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It was less like baseball and more like archery practice. And wherever Stephen Piscotty went he had a bull's-eye on him.
In a bruising, battering tour around the bases , the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder could not stay out of harm's way. He was hit three times in one inning, as if being tracked by a GPS.
Wong returns to Cardinals lineup after back issue
CHICAGO (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong is back in the lineup after being sidelined by back spasms.
Wong left in the seventh inning of Friday's 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs and rested on Saturday. He got the start for Sunday's series finale at Wrigley Field.
Center fielder Dexter Fowler also was in the lineup after he was hit on the hand by a pitch in the ninth inning of Saturday's 4-1 loss.
Carpenter homers as Cardinals beat Royals 11-3
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Matt Carpenter likes hitting in the western side of the state.
Carpenter hit a three-run homer in St. Louis' six-run fourth inning, and the Cardinals beat the Kansas City Royals 11-3 on Monday night for their third consecutive victory.
In 13 games at Kauffman Stadium, Carpenter is hitting .451 with four home runs and 14 RBIs. He led off the game with a double.
Molina, Weaver lead Cardinals to 5-4 win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The praises were flowing for Yadier Molina.
Molina hit two solo home runs, Kolten Wong added a two-run double, Luke Weaver pitched into the seventh inning and the St. Louis Cardinals held on for a 5-4 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.
"He is our captain, he is our leader, he is the St. Louis Cardinals," Wong said of Molina. "We are going to hop on his back whenever he is going. He is our man. When he goes, we go."
Cardinals 2B Kolten Wong leaves game
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong left Wednesday night's game against Milwaukee in the sixth inning after suffering tightness in his right forearm.
Wong, who went 1 for 2 with an RBI double in the second inning, was replaced by Greg Garcia.
Wong has hit safely in all six games since returning from the disabled list on June 6.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The wobbly St. Louis Cardinals shook up their coaching staff and cut slumping infielder Jhonny Peralta on Friday, hoping to spur a team that's struggled all season after a rare playoff miss last year.
Third base coach Chris Maloney was replaced by Mike Shildt, and the Cardinals shuffled several other assistant coaching positions. They also activated second baseman Kolten Wong from the disabled list.
Cards’ Wainwright has HR, 4 RBIs in first win of season
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Adam Wainwright has been trying to pitch his way out of some early struggles, and he did that and a lot more Friday night.
Wainwright homered and drove in four runs while getting his first win of the season, leading the St. Louis Cardinals over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-3.
Lynn, Cardinals end 3-game losing skid, edge Pirates 2-1
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals lost the first two games Lance Lynn started this season and he didn't like it.
In his third start, Lynn did something about it. He pitched seven shutout innings.
Kolten Wong helped with a home run and the Cardinals stopped a three-game losing streak, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A day later, after he was hit by a ball practically all the way around the bases, Stephen Piscotty was feeling fine.
The Cardinals outfielder was struck three times during a body-pounding fifth inning. First, he was plunked on the arm by a pitch from Jake Arrieta. He then stole second and paid for it, struck on the other arm on a throw from catcher Wilson Contreras.
"I've never seen that before," Piscotty said Wednesday. "Crazy."
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Albert Almora Jr. provided a big lift for the Chicago Cubs with a birthday present for his mom.
Almora robbed Matt Adams of a home run and Javier Baez made a terrific sliding stop on Kolten Wong's game-ending grounder, sending Jake Arrieta and the Cubs to a 2-1 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis outfielder Stephen Piscotty has left the Cardinals' game against the Cubs after he was hit in the head by a ball while sliding into home.
Piscotty departed in the fifth inning with a head contusion, and the team says he will be evaluated again on Wednesday.
Piscotty reached when he was hit by a pitch from Jake Arrieta. He was hit again by catcher Willson Contreras' throw when he stole second.
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ST. LOUIS (AP) — Kolten Wong enjoyed the level of commitment he was given from St. Louis when he signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract with the Cardinals before the 2016 season.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A day after St. Louis signed a legacy contract with one of its all-time greats, the Cardinals went back to work locking up their young nucleus of talent.
Right fielder Stephen Piscotty became the latest St. Louis youngster to agree to a long-term contract, finalizing a $33.5 million, six-year deal Monday that includes a team option for a seventh season.
Experience helping Cards SS Diaz to cut down on errors
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — With two outs and a runner on first base, St. Louis shortstop Aledmys Diaz ranged left to track down Marcell Ozuna's grounder up the middle and nonchalantly flipped it backhanded to Kolten Wong at second base to retire the Marlins in the first inning.
He looked every bit the veteran he is not - and people are taking notice.
"Last year he was a minor league player, this year he's an All-Star," manager Mike Matheny said.
Cardinals’ Wong still bothered by right shoulder injury
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Kolten Wong is still bothered by a right shoulder injury from a tumble he took while playing left field last September at Wrigley Field.
The St. Louis Cardinals second baseman said Saturday he's been dealing with "tenderness" in the shoulder. He received a cortisone shot at the end of the season, and the right-handed thrower didn't toss a baseball until January.
"As soon as I started throwing, I could feel the pain right away," Wong said.
MLB pitcher, Kelly grad Petkovsek to be inducted into Cape Cod League Hall of Fame
Kelly High School graduate and former MLB pitcher Mark Petkovsek will be inducted into the Cape Cod League Hall of Fame during ceremonies on Saturday in Chatham, Massachusetts, the hall announced on Thursday.
Careless Cardinals fall to Arrieta, Cubs 5-0
CHICAGO (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals were frustrated Friday, by Jake Arrieta and by umpires.
Arrieta struck out 10 in seven innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the sloppy Cardinals 5-0 as St. Louis fell a game behind the Mets and Giants for the two NL wild-card berths.
Mike Leake (9-11) gave up five runs, seven hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings.
"I couldn't locate early," he said. "I was slightly erratic. I just started out on the wrong foot."
Casilla blows another save in Giants’ 3-2 loss to Cardinals
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants manager Bruce Bochy thought he was playing the odds when he brought in closer Santiago Casilla to try to close out the ninth inning against St. Louis, even as a chorus of boos rained down from the sold-out crowd at AT&T Park.
For the third time in two weeks, the San Francisco skipper guessed wrong.
Cardinals score 2 in 9th, top Giants in playoff chase game
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Cardinals manager Mike Matheny refused to point to a pregame team meeting as being the inspiration for his ballclub's ninth-inning comeback.
First baseman Matt Adams pointed out the playoff-type atmosphere of the game, while Stephen Piscotty noted his team's matter-of-fact approach.
Whatever it was, St. Louis gave its postseason hopes a big boost.
Cardinals frustrated after loss to Milwaukee
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A one-run loss to the Milwaukee Brewers left Kolten Wong and the St. Louis Cardinals frustrated.
Ryan Braun hit a solo home run in the ninth inning, leading the Brewers to a 2-1 win Sunday and dropped the Cardinals back in the NL wild-card race. They are a half-game behind the Mets for the second wild-card slot.
Carpenter and Piscotty homer to power Cardinals over Brewers
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals relied on power and the pitching of Carlos Martinez to solve their home woes Friday night.
Matt Carpenter and Stephen Piscotty supplied two-run homers for the National League's leading home run team and Martinez (14-7) pitched seven strong innings in a 4-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The win improved the Cardinals to 31-38 at Busch Stadium and kept them a half-game behind the New York Mets for the NL's second wild card.
Reds threaten, can’t convert in 5-2 loss to Cardinals
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Reds kept putting runners on base. Moving them around was more of a problem.
The Reds piled up 11 hits and drew five walks, but the St. Louis Cardinals turned four double plays and made the most of a defensive breakdown by Cincinnati to pull out a 5-2 victory Sunday.
Randal Grichuk and Kolten Wong homered, Carlos Martinez carried a shutout into the seventh inning and St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak.
Martinez stays hot on road as Cardinals beat Reds 5-2
CINCINNATI (AP) — Carlos Martinez kept getting himself into trouble and his defense kept bailing him out.
Randal Grichuk and Kolten Wong homered, and Martinez carried a shutout into the seventh inning with the help of some timely double plays as the St. Louis Cardinals snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Cubs falter in 8th again, Cards rally for 6-4 win
CHICAGO (AP) — After watching his bullpen meltdown in the eighth inning for a second straight game, manager Joe Maddon tried to focus on the bright side:
At least the Chicago Cubs split the four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals.
"It's not awful," Maddon said. "Of course, after winning the first two, you'd like to do more, and we were in a position to."
Piscotty homers in 8th to lead Cards’ comeback over Cubs 6-4
CHICAGO (AP) — Stephen Piscotty hit a three-run homer, Brandon Moss followed with a solo shot one out later and the St. Louis Cardinals used a five-run eighth inning to beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Sunday night.
NEW YORK (AP) — Just shy of a year. That's how long Jeurys Familia's saves streak lasted — until Yadier Molina ended it with one perfectly timed swing.
Molina and pinch-hitter Kolten Wong each stroked an RBI double in the ninth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals snapped Familia's string of 52 straight saves in rallying to beat the New York Mets 5-4 on Wednesday night.