Shane Robinson ‘heard crickets’ after pinch-hit home run in NLCS

Shane Robinson had never recorded a postseason hit heading into Tuesday night’s Game 4 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. His career home run total? Five over four seasons in the big leagues.

But October doesn’t care about resumes, and as Robinson proved, anyone can be a postseason hero.

St. Louis Cardinals skipper Mike Matheny called on Robinson to pinch hit for relief pitcher Seth Maness in the seventh inning, and the outfielder responded with a solo home run off J.P. Howell, giving his team a 4-2 lead. Robinson joined MLB Network Radio’s Casey Stern from Dodger Stadium after the game and reflected on the moment.

I’ve never hit a home run and heard crickets. That was probably the quietist home run I’ve ever hit, but one of the biggest. Like I said, it was nice. I’ll definitely enjoy it tonight for sure. You know, hopefully tomorrow we can come out and I can contribute.

St. Louis held on to win 4-2 to take a 3-1 lead in the NLCS. Listen to MLB Network Radio’s pregame coverage of Game 5 Wednesday at 1 pm ET Sirius channel 209 and XM channel 89.

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