The Cardinals overcame a two-run deficit in the final two innings to come away with the win, with DeJong providing the knockout blow to lead off the bottom of the ninth. DeJong's OPS has fallen more than 90 points from his rookie season, but the shortstop has turned in one of his more productive stretches of the campaign over the past week. He has recorded a hit in each of his last seven games, homering four times and driving in nine runs over that span.
DeJong went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in a win over the Royals on Friday.
DeJong's bat is starting to pick up a little steam, with Friday serving as the eighth straight game in which he's reached safely. The shortstop could also be rediscovering his power stroke after an extended drought, as he's left the yard in two of his last three games. Factoring in Friday's production, he's racked up five RBI over his last three contests, and his overall August total of six leaves him just one short of the amount he compiled during all of July.
DeJong is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Pirates, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.
DeJong has struggled since coming of the disabled list in early July with a a .206/.275/.299 slash line, so he'll get another day off Sunday. Greg Garcia will start at shortstop and bat seventh for the Cardinals.
DeJong is out of the lineup versus Colorado on Thursday.
DeJong will retreat to the bench for Thursday's getaway day while Yairo Munoz draws a start at shortstop in his stead. Across 13 games since the All-Star break, DeJong has slashed .196/.246/.333 with eight RBI.
DeJong had seen his average dip to .248 headed into this contest, but he was able to break out of his recent quiet spell by reaching base in all four of his at-bats against the Cubs, pumping his slash line up to .258/.335/.447 through 217 at-bats. That's still off the pace of last year's campaign when he logged an .857 OPS, but DeJong is capable of putting together lengthy hot streaks when he gets in a groove, so hopefully this three-hit effort is a sign he's gearing up for one.
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