Wainwright masterful as offense provides run support
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 26: Adam Wainwright #50 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on June 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images) By Joe Scarnici
(BaseballStL) -- In Adam Wainwright's previous start, he threw into the eighth innings against the Dodgers giving up only one run. But unlike that 1-0 loss, the Redbirds provided two runs to give Wainwright his NL leading 11th victory of the year.
Wednesday, Wainwright gave up only four hits over 7.2 innings. Over his last two starts on the West Coast, he has only allowed nine hits in 17.2 innings pitched and one earned run.
The Cardinals ace was unable to finish the eighth inning as he ran into trouble with two outs. He gave up to singles, one a hard line drive from pinch hitter Hector Sanchez. With runners on first and third, manager Mike Matheny opted to lift Wainwright for Pat Neshek who was able to get a pop up to keep the Wainwright's run column clean.
Wainwright threw 107 pitches and Matheny said that as long as Wainwright isn't laboring through an inning, they want to send him out to the hill.
"We don't make any excuses about the fact we want that guy on the mound," he continued, "We like the way he's throwing it."
And the offense helped their starter, giving him two runs in the third inning which was all the right hander and the bullpen would need to close out the Giants for the Cardinals first win in four games.
"After we've had so many games were we're short on the offensive side," Matheny said, "Nice to give a little bit of room for Wainwright."
Wainwright could reasonably have two more wins had the Cardinals been able to score any runs against the Dodgers last Saturday or any in a 2-1 loss to the Pirates on April 6 his win total could be as high as 13.