PostCards: Kolten Wong joins Cardinals legends with Walk-Off Home Run


Second baseman Kolten Wong‘s walk-off home run in the ninth inning of NLCS Game 2 put him with a very small list of St. Louis Cardinals players.

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The postseason home run by the Hawaiian was only the fourth in Cardinals history. The three Cardinals to do so previously were Ozzie Smith (1985 NLCS), Jim Edmonds (2004 NLCS), and David Freese (2011 World Series). The Smith and Freese home runs are remembered by their broadcast calls by Jack and Joe Buck, respectively.

The list of second basemen to hit walk-off home runs in the postseason is very small: Bill Mazeroski (1960), Alfonso Soriano (2001) and Jeff Kent (2004). Wong now joins that list.

What is truly astonishing is this amazing feat: The Cardinals became the first team to hit home runs in the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings of a single postseason game according to the Elias Sports Bureau. No other team had managed to accomplish such a feat in postseason history. Oscar Taveras tied the game up at 3 runs with his solo shot in the seventh. Matt Adams hit the go-ahead homer in the eighth. After Trevor Rosenthal blew the save, Wong walked off with a home run in the ninth inning.

The power that was missing during the entire season has suddenly returned to form during the postseason. The Cardinals hit seven home runs in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers and have now hit four home runs against the San Francisco Giants.

With another postseason home run by Matt Carpenter, do we nickname him Mr. Carptober Marptober? Mr. October is already taken and Carpenter’s third-inning blast was his fourth home run of the 2014 postseason.

It was very important that the Cardinals found a way to win Sunday’s game. There had been 11 previous teams that have lost the first two games at home and not a single one of them had come back to win the series.