Wong smacked a two-run home run in the second inning to help build a lead that stretched to 5-0 by the top of the third, but the Nationals were able to score five runs in the bottom of the third to even the score. The second baseman then broke the tie with an RBI double in the eighth inning before the Cardinals tacked on another run in the ninth.
"He’s an exciting player. Every aspect of the game," manager Mike Matheny said after the game, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "We want to see him constantly pushing to show that. And looking for opportunities to show that. And when he does, man, it’s special. When you’re having one of those days go ahead and shine."
Wong had been struggling with the bat coming into the Nationals series, but back-to-back three-hit games have boosted his line to .325/.396/.475 to go with one home run, five RBI and two stolen bases in 40 at-bats.
"We don’t need him to be a superman out there. He just needs to be the player that he’s continuing to become," Matheny said. "I want him to be aggressive. We’ve been preaching that on the basepaths. We’ve been preaching that at the plate. And most certainly defensively. He’s an exciting player who can make exciting plays. Don’t back off the throttle."
Wong came back Wednesday to strand six runners while going 0 for 4 at the plate, but he didn't make any miscues in the field.
"Consistency is really the thing that he is going to need," Matheny said. "He’s got plenty of an arm. Turns it as good as anybody at second base. That aggressive nature that he does have means he can cut down a lot of distance on both sides. Those are things not everybody who plays that position has."
Wong has hit .227/.357/.273 with one RBI, one stolen base and five run scored in 22 at-bats.
Wong was just 0 for 6 with one stolen base in his first two games but delivered in each of his three games against the Reds to bump his batting average to .294. He's batted seventh or eighth in each of his team's first five games.
Peralta took just 74 of his 560 at-bats from the fourth spot in the lineup last season but will fill the role in the team's regular-season debut.
The full Cardinals lineup: 3B
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