Robinson makes the most of chance to contribute

Robinson makes the most of chance to contribute

ST. LOUIS -- It was nearing a week since reserve outfielder Shane Robinson last stepped to the plate, but he delivered on Tuesday night when his name was finally called.

Robinson, who has been up and down with the Cardinals this season, last played on Wednesday, with Triple-A Memphis, before being called up. He didn't get into a game until he pinch-hit in the seventh inning of Tuesday's series opener with the Red Sox.

Robinson worked a seven-pitch walk and scored the game-tying run on Kolten Wong's single in the 3-2 win at Busch Stadium.

"It's nice when we see the guys that are locked in at Triple-A [get] an opportunity and they look like they haven't missed a beat," manager Mike Matheny said. "The baserunning, too, that slide was a very athletic move."

Robinson, 29 and in his fourth stint with the Major League club, hit .304 at Triple-A this season but hasn't found much playing time in a crowded Cardinals outfield. But he knows his role and has embraced the chances to contribute, as he did on Tuesday.

"It's not easy at all," Robinson said. "I think the hardest part about it is throwing out the bad days, and obviously you have more bad days than good being in that position -- trying to take whatever positive actions you can out of what you did and carrying that over and throwing out all the bad things and all the failures."

Jenifer Langosch is a reporter for Read her blog, By Gosh, It's Langosch, and follow her on Twitter @LangoschMLB. Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.