The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox 5-2 and have a few positives to take away from the game as well. For starters, Adam Wainwright got back on track after an uncharacteristcally bad outing against the Milwaukee Brewers his last time out. Kolten Wong powered the Redbirds to victory with his eighth and ninth home runs of the season. And All-Star reliever Pat Neshek recorded his third save of the season. The win kept the Cardinals one game behind the Brewers for first place in the NL Central.
Adam Wainwright was back to his old tricks, winning his 14th game of the season, leading the way in the National League in that category. Wainwright went another seven strong innings, surrenduring only two runs on seven hits and two walks. He also had seven strikeouts in the game. Wainwright reminded everyone that he is still one of the best pitchers in the game and continued his spectacular season.
Pat Neshek sealed the deal to ensure Wainwright his 14th win, pitching a scoreless frame and not allowing a base runner. Neshek has been a rock in the Cardinals bullpen this year. With injuries and moving starters into the bullpen, Neshek has been the most reliable reliever for the Redbirds and arguably one of the best in all of baseball. The All-Star reliever needs to be recognized as he has been masterful all season. In 47.1 innings, Neshek is 5-0 and has posted a microscopic 0.76 ERA and an even better 0.59 WHIP. You couldn’t have scripted a better season to this point for the veteran right-hander.
Kolten Wong had a great day at the plate, going three for four with two solo home runs. Ever since Wong returned from the disabled list he has been on fire. His eight home runs in that time rank second in baseball and Wong has quietly racked up 17 stolen bases. He has provided a great combination of power and speed at a middle infield position. Wong looks like he will be a good piece for the Cardinals for years to come.
The Cardinals will take these positives and series win into their next series against the Baltimore Orioles.
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