Last Night’s Game: The Redbirds finished off their nine game homestand last night in abysmal fashion, dropping an 8-7 game to the Royals. Kansas City has now won both games so far of the 4-game series, so the Cardinals can only hope to fight for the split in Kansas City. St. Louis jumped out to an early lead in the 2nd inning on the back of Rookie Kolten Wong’s first career grand slam, only to give up a 6-run 5th inning powered largely Alex Gordon’s 3-run dinger. St. Louis managed to fight back and claim a one run lead after Peter Bourjos home run in the 6th, but the bullpen and closer Trevor Rosenthal couldn’t hold the lead, giving up single runs in both the 8th and 9th.
“We can’t complain about what the offense did,” Matheny said, “it just wasn’t enough.”
With the loss, the Redbirds fall to only one game above .500 and 5 games behind the first place Brewers in the Central
Wong is Right: Despite his up and down season between the big club and Triple A Memphis, rookie Kolten Wong has really begun to show flashes of the brilliance that lauded him as one of the Cardinals’ top prospects before the season. Just yesterday, Wong was named the Rookie of the Month of May for the National League in spite of only playing in 13 games during the month. However, during those games, Wong produced, putting up a .333 batting average with a .416 OBP. Finally, to cap off his award and incredible month, Wong hit his first career home run against the Royals in yesterday’s 8-7 loss, making him the first player to have a grand slam be his first career home run since Wil Myers on June 22, 2013.
Old Man Yadi: Yesterday—June 3, 2014—marked the 10-year anniversary of Cardinal’s catcher Yadier Molina’s debut in the Major Leagues. Regarded by most as the best defensive catcher in the game and by many the best catcher overall, Molina has put together a historic career including 6 straight Gold Glove awards, 5 straight nominations to the All-Star Game, a Silver Slugger, and two top-5 MVP finishes. Molina is only 31 years old and still under contract through 2017, so don’t expect to see him fading into obscurity anytime soon.
To the Bat-Cave: Last night’s game was Superhero Night at Busch Stadium as various superheroes and comic book characters roamed about the stadium. Even the players got in on the act, with the lineup card filled with amusing, albeit cringe-worthy, puns. OscTHOR Taveras, the Incredible Hulkiday, and Wongverine were some of the more clever names, while Jhonny Iron Man Peralta and Professor Jay seemed to lack any real semblance of effort on the Cardinal’s PR department’s end.