(BaseballStL) -- We’ve seen that knee buckling curve ball before. Adam Wainwright’s strikeout pitch of Pedro Alvarez looked an awful lot like the curve ball that struck out Carlos Beltran to win the 2006 NLCS in New York.
Alvarez swung at it, while Beltran was caught looking, but it was the definitely the same kind of nasty pitch that Wainwright is making famous.
This one was especially sweet for Wainwright, who started Game 5 of last year’s NLDS against Washington and didn’t make it through three innings. “I wanted it bad. I wanted it bad,” said Wainwright. “I kind of got nervous a little bit, I don’t get a whole lot of nerves usually when I pitch. But before I pitched today, I was pretty nervous. It’s hard not to think back to what happened in Game 5 last year. I just wanted to prove I could go out there and be a good playoff pitcher. So, I’m just so fired up for this team and this city right now.”
Wainwright went the distance in limiting the Pirates to one run on eight hits. He struck out six. Wainwright was quick to spread around the credit for the Cardinals victory on Wednesday.
“It starts from the top,” Wainwright said. “Our front office does an amazing job of putting the right guys out there, and the character inside our clubhouse is way up there. We’ve got a bunch of great guys in that clubhouse. And we love each other. We’re rooting for each other. We’re glad we could come out here and deliver a win for these great St. Louis fans.”
Wainwright improved his career postseason record to 4-0. He’ll likely get his next start in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Dodgers. That series would likely have to go the full seven games for Waino to get two starts against Los Angeles.