The St. Louis Cardinals got four home runs from four former Quad Cities River Bandits in their 5-4 win over the San Francisco Giants in Game 2 of the National League Championship Series.
The biggest home run of the game came off the bat of rookie Kolten Wong, who hit a walk-off blast to lead off the bottom of the 9th and bail out Trevor Rosenthal, who blew a save in the top half of the inning.
Wong batted .335 with 5 HR, 25 RBI and 9 SB in 47 games with the 2011 River Bandits. Rosenthal also was a River Bandit in 2011, going 7-7 with a 4.11 ERA and 133 strikeouts in 120.1 IP.
One of their Quad Cities teammates, Oscar Taveras, also homered in Sunday’s game. He won the 2011 Midwest League batting title with a .386 average in 78 games. He hit eight homers and drove in 62 runs as a River Bandit.
The other two former River Bandits who homered Sunday were Matt Adams and Matt Carpenter. Adams batted .310 with 22 HR and 88 RBI in 121 games with the 2010 team. Carpenter batted .295 with 10 RBI in 29 games with the 2009 team.
Seth Maness got the win in relief. He pitched five innings for the 2011 River Bandits.
The NLCS, tied 1-1, resumes Tuesday in San Francisco. The Cardinals likely will be without catcher Yadier Molina, who left Sunday’s game with a strained left oblique muscle.
Molina batted .280 with 7 HR and 50 RBI in 112 games with the 2002 Peoria Chiefs.