Cardinals’ Taveras Homers in Debut
(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- The highly anticipated debut of Cardinals' prospect Oscar Taveras did not disappoint the St. Louis crowd. In his second at-bat in the Major League's, Tavares homered to right for the first hit of his career as the Cardinals went on to beat San Francisco, 2-0.
"What a great day for him, one I'm sure he'll never forget, and neither will we," said St. Louis manager Mike Matheny. "For him to come up and do it in that situation, it's kind of mind-boggling."
Tavares was ranked the number two prospect in all of baseball prior to being called up on Saturday. The 21-year old was hitting .325 with seven home runs and 40 RBI's in 49 games at Triple-A Memphis.
"Everybody knows it's gone," Taveras said of his first big league hit. "That was a good swing right there. I'm so happy right now."
Michael Wacha pitched six shutout innings for the Cardinals, scattering three hits and striking out seven. There was a 51-minute rain delay in the seventh that ended Wacha's outing.
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