It takes 0.4 seconds for a 90 mile-per-hour fastball to reach home plate.
That’s also how long it took Hilo native Kolten Wong to find his swing again after his demotion to Triple-A Memphis Monday.
In his first at-bat with the Redbirds Thursday, Wong smoked a leadoff home run to right field.
The fireworks weren’t over.
In the bottom of the ninth inning with Memphis trailing 5-4, Wong cracked a walk-off grand slam to bookend the game with home runs.
He finished the game 3-4 with a single, the 2 home runs, and 5 runs batted in. Wong had hit .222 in the Major Leagues before his demotion on Monday.
Following the move, Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he still expects Wong to be the organization’s second baseman of the future.
“Obviously, we made the investment,” said Mozeliak. “I do see him at some point getting that job back.”