(BaseballStL) -- One scary moment quickly turned into a sigh of relief which turned back into concern for the St. Louis Cardinals and Adam Wainwright on Monday.
The scary moment came when Wainwright appeared to be struck by a line drive on his throwing shoulder in the third inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks. After being able to throw to first base for the second out of the inning, the Cardinals ace motioned to the dugout to signal he was fine.
Manager Mike Matheny, pitching coach Derek Lilliquist and a trainer still came out to check on their starting pitcher. He remained in the game and threw two more pitches before recording the final out of the inning.
Whew, close call...
After throwing 37 pitches through the first three innings, Wainwright hurled 34 more in the fourth inning. Flat-looking pitches mixed in with missed locations resulted in a three-run inning for the Diamondbacks, who took a 3-1 lead.
The ineffectiveness continued into the next inning.
Wainwright allowed a leadoff hit to Gerardo Parra before he was caught stealing by Yadier Molina at second base to begin the fifth inning. The next batter, Martin Prado, doubled to right centerfield.
Shortly after, Aaron Hill reached base when Allen Craig couldn’t handle a throw in the dirt from Daniel Descalso. It resulted in the fourth run of the game for the Diamondbacks.
It wasn’t as bad as the fourth inning, but it still wasn’t good.
With one out in the sixth inning, the Diamondbacks collected back-to-back hits before Wainwright was able to strike out the next two batters. No further damage was done though.
Wainwright exited the game after the sixth inning and with the Cardinals down 4-1. He allowed eleven hits, four runs (three earned), struck out six batters and threw 105 pitches (71 strikes) over six innings pitched.
While it may be easy to speculate that the line drive to the shoulder hindered Wainwright, it should be noted that he did an admirable job to not let the game get more away from St. Louis.
The Cardinals hope there isn’t any longterm problems.