On Saturday, the St. Louis Cardinals finally gave fans a glimpse of what the promise of speed in the 2014 lineup could mean in a tight game. Several Redbirds made key plays with their legs to key the 4-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Wong set up the tying run by beating out a bunt to lead off the fourth. He scored all the way from second on a pop up to shallow right. Wong squared around for another hit in the sixth and stealing second, drew a wild throw from Braves catcher Evan Gattis. That enabled him to come home with the go-ahead run.
Bourjos was picked off after beating out a bunt leading off the third, but squeezed home an insurance run in the seventh. Earlier, I wrote about his past bunting success, wondering why he has not tried it more frequently.
The Cardinals’ four bunt hits in a game set a new team record. The prior high of three had been accomplished six times since 1938. Thanks to researcher Tom Orf, they follow.
Most bunt hits in a game, St. Louis Cardinals, team history
|1961-07-30 (2)||Bob Gibson||@MLN||Warren Spahn||down 1-0||t5|
|1961-07-30 (2)||Bob Lillis||@MLN||Warren Spahn||tied 2-2||t7|
|1961-07-30 (2)||Julian Javier||@MLN||Warren Spahn||tied 2-2||t9|
|5 13 86||Tom Herr||LAD||Jerry Reuss||ahead 0-2||b4|
|5 13 86||Vince Coleman||LAD||Jerry Reuss||ahead 0-2||b5|
|5 13 86||Vince Coleman||LAD||Ken Howell||tied 2-2||b8|
|7 15 89||Milt Thompson||@LAD||Fernando Valenzuela||tied 0-0||t5|
|7 15 89||Vince Coleman||@LAD||Fernando Valenzuela||tied 0-0||t8|
|7 15 89||Jose Oquendo||@LAD||Fernando Valenzuela||tied 0-0||t8|
|1944-06-04 (1)||Johnny Hopp||@PHI||Charley Schanz||tied 0-0||t1|
|1944-06-04 (1)||Johnny Hopp||@PHI||Charley Schanz||ahead 0-4||t4|
|1944-06-04 (1)||George Fallon||@PHI||Ken Raffensberger||ahead 2-4||t8|
|8 15 49||Harry Brecheen||@CHC||Bob Chipman||tied 0-0||t3|
|8 15 49||Tommy Glaviano||@CHC||Bob Chipman||ahead 0-2||t4|
|8 15 49||Harry Brecheen||@CHC||Bob Chipman||ahead 0-2||t4|
|6 08 54||Wally Moon||BRO||Carl Erskine||tied 1-1||b3|
|6 08 54||Alex Grammas||BRO||Erv Palica||ahead 3-8||b7|
|6 08 54||Stu Miller||BRO||Erv Palica||ahead 3-8||b7|
This was just the 15th time overall that even one Cardinal had two bunt hits in a game. It was last accomplished almost exactly a decade ago, by Abraham Nunez on May 31, 2005.
Mark Tomasik from Retrosimba added that the pair are the first National League players to get two bunt hits each in a game in 23 years. The most recent to do it prior to Saturday were Craig Biggio and Steve Finley of the 1991 Houston Astros.