Re-Channeled Wainwright

(Busch Stadium) After being removed from his last start after 3.2 innings, Adam Wainwright said he understood the move but admitted it “hurt his soul”. Today, he bounced with seven shutout innings to help his St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-1 over the San Francisco Giants.

“Your first reaction on that is to ‘woe is me’ and I was not going to have that,” Wainwright said. “Nobody needs that. That doesn’t make anybody better–it doesn’t make me better. So what I did was I went back and had our film crew, Ben Boatman and Chad Blair, put on like two of my best games from 2009, 2010, 2012, ’13, 14 and all my best years and just kind of re-channeled that focus that I used to have and the attack mentality that I used to have. Had sort of gotten away from that over the last couple of starts and today, I wanted to attack and go out there and try and be me. Yadi called a great game, defense played an amazing game behind me. It was a good team win.”

Wainwright finished with a line of 7 IP, 0 runs, 4 hits, 1 strikeout, and 1 wild pitch.

“I would’ve loved to have struck out a bunch of people, it’s just not what happened today,” Wainwright said. “Outs were outs today and a lot of soft contact, which is good.”

This is the tenth season that Wainwright has recorded at least 10 wins, the fourth pitcher in Cardinals franchise history to reach that milestone.

“That’s cool,” Wainwright said with a smile. “The question is will I do eleven–not 11 wins, eleven seasons.”

Asked if he was ready to provide an answer to that question of next year…

“I feel like that’s a great time to shower, so good to see ya’ll,” he laughed and headed to clean up.

–Paul DeJong’s RBI single in the third inning marked the 200th run driven in of his career. The hit was also the 120th of the season for the shortstop, a new single-season high.

–Recalled before today’s game, rookie Edmundo Sosa pinch-ran for Matt Carpenter in the seventh inning and swiped second for his first big league stolen base.

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