(Baseball StL) -- A little bit of regression was to be expected after throwing a shutout in his last start. But Adam Wainwright still expects to be better than going just six innings and surrendering four runs.
He says he didn’t make pitches when he needed to.
“The ones that they were supposed to hit, they hit. And the ones where I executed they didn’t,” Wainwright said. “That’s how simple it is. You break that down, if I make my pitches most of the time they don’t get hits.”
Wainwright threw just 87 pitches, admitting he was surprised that he came out after just six innings. But manager Mike Matheny says he could tell early on it was not going to be another shutout performance.
“He was fighting from the beginning,” Matheny said. “They had a couple big hits that stopped us for a while and we couldn’t get anything going offensively. He was pretty good but you could see he was laboring.”
Even with the subpar outing, Wainwright still struck out eight batters. He is now four shy of tying Jess Haines for sixth place on the Cardinals all time list. It’s also the third time this year he has struck out eight or more batters.