Wong Update: Kolten Homers in Memphis Victory
Kamehameha-Hawai`i graduate Kolten Wong is a few extra base hits away from accomplishing an extraordinary feat in Memphis.
Wong belted his eighth home run, a three-run shot over the right field wall, in the third inning of Memphis’ 7-4 victory over the Round Rock Express, a AAA class affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
The homer was part of a four-run inning off of Round Rock starter Evan Meek, a former National League all-star selection in 2010. All four runs came across with two out in the frame. Wong’s home run scored Travis Tartamella and Ryan Jackson.
On the season, the University of Hawai`i standout is batting .298 with 34 runs batted in. He batted 1-for-5 Friday with a pair of strikeouts and a run scored.
Wong currently has 19 doubles and 15 stolen bases. He is two triples and two home runs away from reaching double-digits in all four categories, a rare feat considering top-end prospects don’t always stay in Triple-A for an entire season.
Both teams continue their series Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Hawai`i time.
Memphis 004 000 030 – 7 12 1
Round Rock 000 300 010 – 4 11 0
Kean Wong racks up hits in losing effort
Waiakea High School graduate Kean Wong has recovered nicely since watching his seven-game winning streak come to a close.
Kolten’s younger brother picked up three hits Friday, a career high, in a losing effort as the Gulf Coast League Rays fell to the GCL Orioles 4-3.
Wong’s hitting streak ended on July 23 when he batted 0-for-3 against the Twins’ rookie-league ball club. Since that point, he has batted 5-for-12 and scored four runs.
On Friday, Wong hit 3-for-4 with an RBI, two runs scored, and a pair of triples. His run batted in came in the first inning off of Orioles starter Hunter Harvey. Wong smacked his RBI triple out to right field, scoring Riley Unroe to break the seal on a two-run inning.
In 22 games played this season, he is batting .286 with eight runs batted in and four stolen bases.
GCL Orioles 040 000 000 – 4 12 3
GCL Rays 201 000 000 – 3 9 0