Cards turn to Wainwright for first win since Saturday -

Cards turn to Wainwright for first win since Saturday

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By Dilip Vishwanat By Dilip Vishwanat

(BaseballStL) -- As the Cardinals continue to take water this season, they'll need Adam Wainwright to get them back on track Wednesday in Kansas City.

After a disappointing loss Tuesday, where the Cards had a grand slam from Kolten Wong and another homer from Peter Bourjos just to end up losing the game in the top of the ninth - they packed up and headed four hours to the West to continue their series against the Royals.

The Royals, who won the first two games at Busch Stadium, earned their first sweep of the Redbirds since June 17, 2008 in a three game series. 

Over the past three seasons, Wainwright has a 2-0 record in 3 games pitched against the Royals with a 2.45 ERA. The Cardinals' ace was shelled in his last performance against the San Francisco Giants, going just 4.1 innings and giving up seven earned runs.

And while playing in an American League park, Wainwright will be out of the line-up although the Cards could miss his on-base percentage of .333.

Starting for the Royals will be Jason Vargas, who is coming off a 6.0 inning, one run game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Wong out of line-up

Kolten Wong is not in the line-up for Wednesday's game in Kansas City, instead Mark Ellis gets the start at second base. 

Tuesday night, Wong hit a grand slam - his first MLB home run to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead. But in the eighth inning, Wong dove for a ground ball and appeared to hurt his shoulder on the play. After the game, the rookie said he jammed his shoulder, but didn't expect to miss much playing time.

"I don't think so. I think it just [depends] how my body reacts to it being jammed," Wong said following Tuesday's game, "I think I'll be in the probably, not [Wednesday], but the next day."

Cardinals Inter-league offense

Matt Holliday, who will serve as the designated hitter Wednesday, has simply terrorized inter-league pitchers with a career .314 batting average and a .524 slugging percentage. He also has 24 homers and 86 RBI.

Both Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig have also posted high averages against inter-league pitchers, going .358 and .342 respectively.

The home run from Bourjos in the sixth inning Tuesday was his second career inter-league homer and his ninth against teams in the AL Central, having played with the Angels.


Matt Carpenter 3B

Randal Grichuk LF

Matt Holliday DH

Allen Craig 1B

Yadier Molina C

Jhonny Peralta SS

Oscar Taveras RF

Mark Ellis 2B

Peter Bourjos CF 

*Adam Wainwright P

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