Game Report: Cardinals 14, White Sox 2

Kolten Wong tried to erase a season’s worth of frustration in one night. Dexter Fowler tried to do it with one swing.

Two of the most embattled players on the Cardinals this season enjoyed their moments on Tuesday night against the White Sox in Chicago. Wong had four hits, including a two-run homer, and Fowler hit a grand slam that capped a seven-run sixth inning which sent the Cardinals to the blowout win.

The four hits for Wong, matching his career high, raised his average to a season-high .221. Fowler’s grand slam, the fourth of his career, was his first home run since a walk-off homer in the 14th inning on May 6 against the Cubs.

Since that home run, Fowler only had a combined five RBIs in 126 plate appearances before the grand slam, which came batting right-handed.

The 14 runs were a season-high for the Cardinals and the seven runs in the sixth equaled their biggest inning of the season.

Here is how the game broke down:

At the plate: The Cardinals led 4-2 before breaking the game open in the sixth. They scored their first three runs that inning on a passed ball with the bases loaded, a wild pitch with the bases loaded and a bases-loaded walk before Fowler delivered the grand slam … Jose Martinez reached base five times in six plate appearances, on three hits and two walks, driving in two runs … Wong’s other hits were a double and two singles in leading the 16-hit attack … The only starter who did not get at least one hit was Yadier Molina, but he contributed a sacrifice fly.

On the mound: All-Star Miles Mikolas raised his record to 10-3, allowing only three hits, all in the third inning, one a two-run single by former Cardinals prospect Charlie Tilson. Mikolas walked one and struck out six… Brett Cecil, Greg Holland and John Brebbia all pitched one inning of scoreless relief.

Key stat: Fowler was just 3-of-40 batting right-handed this year before the grand slam, all three hits being singles. It was his first career grand slam batting right-handed and the second grand slam of the year for the Cardinals, the other hit by Marcell Ozuna.

Worth noting: Wong’s other two four-hit games both came in 2014 … He became only the third non-pitcher to get four hits while batting ninth in the order for the Cardinals. The other two were Brendan Ryan on June 10, 2009 and Cesar Izturis on Aug . 22, 2008. In both games the pitcher, Adam Wainwright, was batting eighth … With Tommy Pham a late scratch because of a sore foot, Yairo Munoz made his first start of the season in center field … Luke Gregerson rejoined the team and could be activated from the DL on Wednesday.

Looking ahead: Luke Weaver will get the start on Wednesday night in the final game of the series against the White Sox and the last game on the nine-game road trip.


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