LOS ANGELES -(BaseballStL) -- "I was terrible."
Those were the words Adam Wainwright used to describe his night as the Game 1 starter for the Cardinals against the Dodgers in Los Angeles. And, for him, it is largely true. One of the best pitchers in baseball doesn't give up 11 hits and 6 runs in barely over 4 innings every day.
But you know what also doesn't happen every day? Clayton Kershaw giving up 8 runs of his own. With that the Redbirds came back and KO'd the best pitcher on the planet to win 10-9 and steal Game 1 of the NLDS in Los Angeles.
"I'm just so proud of our team," Wainwright said. "I just couldn't be more proud to be a St. Louis Cardinal. I stunk and those guys just completely picked me up. It was unbelievable. Guys just never gave up, they were chipping away against the toughest pitcher out there.
"Gosh, I don't know. It was just a huge win in a very tough place to play and a big one. We'll take it," Wainwright said.
Dodger Stadium was absolutely stunned when the Cardinals put up an 8 spot in the top of the 7th inning. Down 6-2, the comeback began with a Matt Holliday single to shallow center. From there a Jhonny Peralta single followed by a Yadier Molina single loaded the bases.
After that, it was a barrage of RBIs from Matt Adams, Jon Jay and a humongous bases clearing double by Matt Carpenter. Hitting for the second time in the inning, Holliday put the exclamation point on the rally with a 3-run bomb off Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez to give the Cards a commanding 10-6 lead.
"Guys never stopped plugging (away)," Wainwright said. "They stayed positive and tried to get ducks on the pond (runners on base). You just never know in playoff baseball. You just get a few runners on, one swing here and one swing there can change the game. They just stayed positive the whole time."
The result was a nail biting 10-9 win that gives the Cardinals a 1-0 series lead heading into Saturday's Game 2. What happens from here is impossible to guess. Just flat out impossible.