Third baseman Daniel Descalso, who won games on Monday and Tuesday with late-inning tie-breaking singles, is one of several young players who have helped keep the Cardinals at the top of the National League Central Division standings.
Descalso, 24, is batting a modest .242 overall but he hits late. After the sixth inning, Descalso has knocked in nine runs either to tie a game or put the Cardinals ahead, and is averaging .360 in those situations. He leads the team with five game-winning runs batted in.
Craig, who never had started a game at second base, has handled the position well and delivered key hits. Descalso, Jay and Craig all have less than one year of experience in the majors.
And the influence of the young farm system players isn't confined to the offense.
General manager John Mozeliak said: "We've had a lot of confidence in what we've been doing all along, in the draft, and in player development. And now we're seeing it come to fruition."
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