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Wisdom homers twice for Double-A Springfield

Cardinals No. 17 prospect launches a grand slam in the 10th inning in a 5-RBI day

When Double-A Springfield third baseman Patrick Wisdom swatted a solo homer during a three-run third inning, the Cardinals appeared well on their way to victory. But Tulsa wound up tying the score -- twice -- to send the teams' Monday afternoon contest into extra frames.

That's where Wisdom -- the Cardinals No. 17 prospect -- prevailed.

The 23-year-old hit a grand slam to give Springfield an 8-4 lead, one the team would hold through the bottom of the 10th for its second straight win.

"I went up there knowing what pitches it would be and what the ball would do," Wisdom, who finished 2-for-5 with five RBIs, told about his 10th-inning encounter with Tulsa pitcher Ralston Cash. "The first pitch he threw was a cutter and I fouled it off. I told myself to catch the ball more out in front. Then he threw a slider down, and I went and got it."

After trotting 360 feet, Wisdom had a memorable moment with his teammates.

"Everybody was juiced when I got back to the dugout," he said to "High fives everywhere. Emotions were running pretty high."

The No. 52 overall pick in the 2012 Draft has now hit five homers and collected 27 RBIs this season. He's batting .254/.318/.430 with eight doubles and a triple and is on pace to outproduce most of his numbers from his 2014 stint in Springfield.

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for
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