Kolten Wong puts Cardinals back on top in NLDS Game 3 with two-run homer

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Kolten Wong just put the Cardinals back in front in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Dodgers with a two-run homer off Scott Elbert in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Elbert came on to replace Hyun-Jin Ryu, who allowed just one run — a solo homer by Matt Carpenter — over six innings. Not bad for 23 days’ rest, right? However, Yadier Molina greeted Elbert with a double into the left field corner before Jon Jay sacrificed him over to third base. With the rain falling, Wong then ripped a pitch over the right field fence to give St. Louis a 3-1 lead.

It’s worth noting that Elbert only made seven appearances in the majors during the regular season, yet he was asked to pitch in a very crucial situation. You’d think all that money could have bought the Dodgers a bullpen, but it remains a weakness.

Elbert was eventually pulled after giving up a two-out double to Matt Carpenter. Brandon League gave up a single to Randal Grichuk, but made a nice play on a comebacker off the bat of Matt Holliday to end the scoring threat.

We’re headed to the top of the eighth in St. Louis.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.