ST. LOUIS (AP) — Paul DeJong had no guaranties when he was recalled by the St. Louis Cardinals on June 15.
He’s definitely making a robust case for an prolonged keep within the huge leagues.
DeJong homered as a part of a 4-hit recreation and Adam Wainwright gained his third consecutive begin because the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Mets four-1 on Saturday.
DeJong notched his first profession 4-hit recreation with three doubles to go together with the homer. He turned the primary Cardinals shortstop and No. eight hitter within the trendy period to have 4 additional-base hits in a single recreation.
“It was simply a type of days whenever you’re within the zone and seeing it rather well and never considering an excessive amount of,” DeJong stated. “Simply going up there making an attempt to see the ball down the center and hit it actually. That’s so simple as it may be.”
DeJong drove in two and scored twice. He’s hitting .625 (10 for sixteen) throughout a 5-recreation hitting streak.
“I’m simply controlling my feelings within the (batter’s) field, not making an attempt to create something,” DeJong stated. “At occasions I can get out of my zone and swing at pitches that I shouldn’t be, swinging once I’m making an attempt to do an excessive amount of.”
Wainwright (10-5) pitched 6 2/three innings, lasting into the seventh for the third time in his final 4 begins. Three of the 5 hits he allowed got here within the seventh and he struck out seven, together with the aspect within the sixth inning.
“I assumed his cutter slider was his greatest all season after which he didn’t attempt to overthrow his fastball,” Cardinals supervisor Mike Matheny stated. “I assumed he simply did an actual good job of executing pitches all day.”
Seung Hwan Oh earned his 18th save in 21 possibilities. Matt Bowman obtained Wainwright out of his seventh-inning jam and Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless eighth.
DeJong’s leadoff homer within the third, his second in as many video games, gave the Cardinals a 1-zero lead. It’s the third time in DeJong’s 34-recreation profession that he has hit residence runs in again-to-again days.
“Not shocking to me in any respect that Paul’s having such an awesome begin,” Wainwright stated. “He’s hit in each league he’s been in.”
Yadier Molina’s double within the sixth made it 2-zero Cardinals. It was Molina’s first RBI in 5 video games.
Jay Bruce’s twenty third house run of the season minimize the Cardinals’ result in 2-1 within the seventh. It’s a profession excessive for Bruce within the first half of the season and it’s the most homers by a Mets earlier than the All-Star break since Carlos Beltran hit 25 in 2006.
Zack Wheeler (three-6) struck out 5 in six innings…