(BaseballStL) -- One week before the All-Star game, St. Louis Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright showed why he was selected to his second Midsummer Classic.
Wainwright outdueled Bud Norris, a notorious Cardinal killer, for his 12th victory of the season and his seventh straight victory over the Houston Astros.
The Cardinals ace allowed one run on five hits and a walk in seven innings pitched for his 16th quality start in 19 games. In addition, he induced 11 ground outs and struck out nine of the 28 batters faced to improve his season record to 12-5 after the 9-5 win.
“My philosophy coming from the Dave Duncan era is to see how many grounders you can get,” Wainwright said.
Wainwright would have likely been able to pitch another inning after needing 97 pitches to get through seven innings on Tuesday, but Mike Matheny said it was the perfect time to get him out.
“He’s always going to lobby somewhat, but I think he saw that one coming especially with his spot in the order coming up and him going on regular rest jumping up in the rotation for us, having another start for us before the break,” Matheny said. “He saw that one coming.”
The dominating performance moved Wainwright’s career record to 13-1 in 21 games, including 15 starts, against the former National League Central rival.
“That goes back to when I used to pitch against Roy Oswalt when he was in his prime quite a bit.,” Wainwright said. “It’s just one of those weird things that I have matched up well with them over the years. I think my first real quality game I pitched as a starter in (2007) was against them, so I just have fond memories of that.”
The fond memory dates back to April 6, 2007. It was his first start of the season, a 4-2 victory at Miller Park in Houston. The numbers were similar to Tuesday night, too. He allowed one run on five hits and three walks over seven innings pitched for the win.