(Busch Stadium) After ten days of rest, Adam Wainwright was back on the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals and delivered arguably his best outing of the season to help them beat Arizona 5-2.
“I knew if we waited a couple days and listened to training staff, that we were going to be in real good shape,” said Wainwright, who was scratched from starting on Friday due to back spasms. “Very confident, just gotta not be satisfied and keep going.”
The win was the sixth of the season for Wainwright, who finished with a line of 7.0 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 1 BB, and 7 Ks.
“There’s still some things I can do better,” Wainwright said. “A few 2-0 counts today that I’d like to avoid to some pretty good hitters. They had first and third a couple of times, we got out of that with a couple of good pitches we needed to make. Other than that, I’m throwing the ball like I expect to throw the ball. I was pleased, I haven’t pitched since I don’t even know when–the second day in Seattle. It’s been a while. It’s been probably, what, eleven days or so? The command for that much time off was pretty good.”
Today’s game was only the third time Wainwright and Zack Greinke had faced each other in either the regular or postseason. But the fact Greinke had won both those games was not lost on the Cardinals right-hander.
“I made it a little personal between me and him today,” Wainwright shared. “I’d squared off against him two or three times before and I’d never beaten him, that I could remember. So I set out, that was my main focus today–was winning a game against that team, first, but especially beating Zack because he’s such a great competitor, a great pitcher. But I wanted to get him on the list. I’m on his list.”
The five runs of support for Wainwright equaled the amount received combined in his last five starts.
With the win, Wainwright (154) moves past Bill Sherdel into sole possession of fourth place all-time in Cardinals franchise history.
Today’s start also moved Wainwright ahead of Trevor Rosenthal (184) for the most appearances in Busch Stadium III. It also adds to his stadium record of 154 starts. Since 1908, only 15 pitchers in MLB history have that many starts and appearances in one ballpark.
GOLDY BREAKS THROUGH
–After being robbed of a home run by Jarrod Dyson last night and having a couple of well-hit balls go foul in the series, Paul Goldschmidt finally got some payback on his former team in the third inning with a 416-foot, two-run home run a couple of sections over from Big Mac Land and just inside the foul pole.
“Just trying to score some runs there and add on,” Goldschmidt said. “It was a good swing, I was able to hit it and get it out of there, but the other ones haven’t felt bad either. They’ve been close, just weren’t able to get the results. Just try to keep having good at-bats, hit the ball hard, and help us win.”
Entering the game 0-7 against Arizona, Goldschmidt had a broken bat single in the first inning and then scored on a double by Tyler O’Neill.
“The results were better to get a home run and another hit but me, individually, I’ve got to do it the whole rest of second half,” Goldschmidt said. “You just can’t do it one game. I think that’s really the key for us as a team, show up and do it every day. We’ve played good for a day or a series, but to win the division or get in the playoffs in the wildcard were going to have to do it basically every game for the rest of the year.”
Goldschmidt has hit three home runs in his last six games.
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