(Busch Stadium) The St. Louis Cardinals received a pair of runs from Tommy Edman and Adam Wainwright didn’t allow a run in seven innings as they beat the Washington Nationals 5-1 this afternoon.
“Trying to do anything I could to get the barrel to the ball,” Edman said. “It was a little slider that was down, I don’t think it had as much depth as he intended it to have and stayed a little bit close to the bottom of the zone and I was able to get my bat to it.”
“Sometimes you tip your cap and move on,” Scherzer complimented. “I don’t think that pitch was a strike. He put a good swing on it. Tip your cap and move on.”
The home run from Edman also set a Cardinals record as he became the 10th player this season with at least ten home runs. The team had nine players with double-digit homers in both 2000 and 2016.
The Cardinals added a run in the fifth inning as Matt Carpenter lead off with a double and then was moved over to third by Yadier Molina’s ground out to first. Harrison Bader was brought in as a pinch-runner for Carpenter and promptly scored on Paul DeJong’s swinging bunt to Scherzer.
Bader stayed in the game, taking over in center with Dexter Fowler sliding over to right field and Edman moving to third. That was key as in the top of the sixth, with runners at first and second, Edman turned what appeared to be a 5-4-3 double play. Washington challenged the call and Howie Kendrick was ruled safe at first. The Cardinals also challenged a call on the play, as replay clearly showed Juan Soto reach out with his left hand and make contact with Kolten Wong on the turn at second. That challenge also went against St. Louis. However, Wainwright then got Asdrubal Cabrera to fly out to end the inning with no runs crossing the plate.
An error by Dexter Fowler in right field allowed Yan Gomes to reach second base to start the seventh and Trea Turner doubled him in to get Washington on the board. Mike Shildt visited Adam Wainwright on the mound after the hit, but left his veteran in the game. Wainwright responded by getting Adam Eaton to fly out to Fowler.
“I think if you’re exuding confidence and he looked at me and I think he trusted me to get that out,” Wainwright said. “I appreciated him trusting me there and glad we got that out.”
“Sometimes you want to gauge a guy,” Shildt said. “I believed in him and always will. There’s times when you take a guy out and still believe in him, just feel likes the option or the matchup’s better behind. But he was in control the whole way pretty much.”
In his four September starts, Adam Wainwright has allowed one earned run in just 27.1 innings.
“It’s just sort of simplifying everything and figuring out exactly who I need to be,” Wainwright explained. “I’ve been sort of searching for that correct mix all year. Now I’m really trying to read hitters and only focusing on executing pitches and not trying to do anything else.”
In the bottom of the seventh, it was again Tommy Edman—this time singling in Paul DeJong from second to make it 3-1 Cardinals.
Matt Wieters then capped off the scoring with his first career pinch-hit homer, a two-run shot over the wall in the right field corner. It was the first at-bat of the month for Wieters, who had been recovering from a calf strain.
Washington threatened in the top of the eighth, putting two runners on before Fowler scaled the wall and robbed Cabrera of a 3-run homer in right.
“Dexter earned his Air Jordans,” Shildt stated. “That was a heckuva play.”
“I did hoop,” Fowler smiled. “I did hoop, thought those days were over but I guess Asdrubal drew me out again.”
The Cardinals now head on the road for a seven-game road trip which begins tomorrow with the first of three in Chicago against the Cubs.
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