St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha was aware before Game 5 that his role would be different–the right hander could be called upon earlier in the game rather being saved for extra innings. As it turned out, he was on the mound in the 9th inning and after allowing two runners to reach base, Wacha gave up the game-winning home run to Travis Ishikawa.
“Just fell behind to him and he put a good swing on a 2-0 fastball and put it out,” explained Wacha, who shrugged off the notion that he was put into a difficult spot having not pitched for quite a while. “I’ve pitched in the postseason before. I’ve pitched in some tough innings, some hostile environments–I was ready for it. Just wasn’t able to throw strikes. Walks and then falling behind to Ishikawa there, got myself in trouble.”
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