Brewers rough up Wainwright in series opener

Brewers rough up Wainwright in series opener

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ST. LOUIS, MO - JULY 22: Starter Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first inning at Busch Stadium on July 22, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Elizabeth Eisele / BaseballStL | @elizabetheisele

KMOV.com

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Updated Saturday, Aug 2 at 12:31 AM

(BaseballStL) – For the second time this season, Adam Wainwright gave up seven earned runs in one game. 

The last time was back on May 30th in San Francisco, but Friday night’s stung a little more against the Milwaukee Brewers as a victory would have pulled the Cardinals within a game of first place in the central.

“[It was] not an easy night,” Wainwright said following the game, “I made some good pitches tonight and they worked me hard. You know a good team does that sometimes. There’s really nothing to point to.”

His manager also agreed with Wainwright and referred to the tight strike zone present throughout the game.

“We’ll leave him to the one that comments on that,” Wainwright laughed, but he paused before delivering, “I also know that I made a lot of very good pitches that were off. I can do better.”

One pitch he let get away was on a 3-0 count to Aramis Ramirez, a batter who has two previous home runs off Wainwright, that the Brewer’s hitter parked in left field for his 37th home run against the Cardinals.

“I probably should have been ready for that,” Wainwright admitted, “He has no reason not to [swing at it] on that. I should have been ready for that. I just tried to steal a strike there.”

Wainwright was also called for a balk in the fifth inning against Carlos Gomez, who did come around to score. Wainwright hasn’t committed a balk since the 2012 season when he had two.

“I don’t know the writing of the rule,” he said, “I’d be commenting on something I didn’t know about. I thought I was safe with giving him a juke move. But if that’s the rule, that’s the rule.”

Tonight’s game gives Wainwright 160.1 innings on the season and 437.0 total innings between the last two seasons. Two of his last three starts he’s lost, in Tampa Bay he went 4.1 innings and Friday he pitched only 5.1 innings. But Mike Matheny brushed off any excuses related to fatigue, saying Wainwright would do the same.

 

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