I don't think I have ever seen Adam Wainwright struggle as much as he did Wednesday. Which is what makes it so sweet that he walked away from the game with a 5-3 Cardinals victory.
Wainwright has struggled with his control terribly so far this season, racking up high pitch counts. There was a good case for removing him from the game after five innings. But he gutted it out and was able to take some pressure off the overtaxed bullpen by working another frame.
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He threw 110 pitches and only 65 were strikes as Wainwright was forced to nibble the corners instead of spotting his fastball and breaking off his 12-to-6 curve.
The Cardinals batsmen struggled for their part, too. They scored only one run besides a fifth inning four-run outburst and had only eight hits -- but were 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position. But they got the job done when they needed to and were able to leave Atlanta with yet another two games to one series victory.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Ryan Franklin got his seventh save in seven tries to grab ahold of the closer's job. He wriggled out of the eighth by coming in to get the third out before breezing through the ninth.