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Wong, Taveras trying to hit their way to St. Louis

Either Kolten Wong is serious about making it back to the major leagues as soon as possible -- or else he left all his bats with hits left in them in Memphis when he was called up last fall.

Wong was 2-for-4 Thursday to raise his minor league batting average to .353 during his brief stay in Class AAA. He helped the Redbirds slug their way past the Colorado Springs Sky Sox by a 7-5 score.

Meanwhile, top prospect Oscar Taveras must have been disappointed to be passed over in favor of Randal Grichuk when Wong and fifth outfielder Shane Robinson were demoted. He's been on a tear lately, raising his average to .316 with five doubles, five homers and 18 runs batted in for the young season.

During his last 10 games, Taveras is hitting .359 with two doubles and three homers. Grichuk's departure cleared room for Taveras to play in centerfield for Memphis. It seems like he's finally all the way back to full speed after the devastating ankle injury that ruined his 2013 season and put a serious dent in his 2014 spring training.

Outfield prospect Stephen Piscotty was 2-for-5 to improve to .293 for the season with eight doubles, two homers and 17 batted in. If there is something about his numbers to cause concern, it's the fact that Piscotty has struck out 15 times compared to four walks. Despite his realtively high average, Piscotty's on base percentage is a pedestrian .327. That compares to Taveras' OBP of .369.

Tim Cooney started the game for Memphis and was hammered for 11 hits and five eared runs in five innings of work. Jose Almarante got the win to improve to 2-0 for the season and David Aardsma got his third save of the year.

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