It didn't exactly cause an offensive explosion. But fitting St. Louis Cardinals top prospect into the lineup in centerfield came off without a hitch Wednesday night in San Francisco against the Giants.
Taveras didn't have any tough plays to handle -- but he was able to make the plays when the ball came his way.
While he didn't set the offense on fire, Taveras did account for the difference in a narrow St. Louis win. He doubled and scored the first Cardinals run in the third inning on the way to a 2-0 victory.
Taveras almost collected another double later in the game when he slapped that almost got down in the left centerfield gap. But it was tracked down by the left fielder who made a nice running catch.
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The real star of the game was starter Adam Wainwright who threw 7 2/3 shutout innings to lower his season earned run average to 1.89 while improving his record to 11-4. Wainwright allowed only four hits and walked two. But, oddly, he struck out only one San Francisco hitter. Wainwright entered the game eighth in the National League in strikeouts with 105.
Trevor Rosenthal gave up a hit to put the tying run on base in the ninth inning. But he was able to hang on for his 25th save of the season.