St. Louis (HawaiiNewsNow) - With one swing, Kolten Wong went from 2013 goat to 2014 great. But that's what a two-run homerun to secure a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the National League Divisional Series will do for a rookie.
With two outs in the 7th inning, Wong swung on the first pitch he saw from Jon Lackey and crushed his first post season home run over the right-center field wall -- an enthusiastic flip of his bat released the frustration of a rocky calendar year.
Last October, Wong entered game four of the World Series against Boston as a pinch runner. He was picked off at first to end the game -- in a series that the Red Sox eventually won in six games. Fast forward to 2014, Wong was demoted to the minor leagues just weeks into the season -- even when he did return to the Show, Kolten faced numerous health issues that kept him out of the Cardinals lineup.
Monday night he summed up his relief the best he could. "Unbelievable man. That's the beauty of baseball. Things can turnaround in an instant. From last year, I wanted to prove to everyone that it wasn't me. I made a mistake and I didn't want it to happen again."
The Cardinals and Dodgers play game four Tuesday at 11am Hawaii time.