It was a bit discouraging Sunday to see the Cardinals send out the scrubs for the finale of a 2-4 road trip.
But the Bench jockeys turned out to be just what the doctor ordered. They put up 11 runs against the Pirates the day after the same Pittsburghers shut out the St. Louis regulars. Maybe Stavinoha, Tyler Greene and Mather should play more often...
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright throws a pitch Sunday against the Pirates. St. Louis won 11-4 and Wainwright's record improved to 5-1. AP photo.
The top of the Cardinals order has been powerless lately. But Joe Mather collected two hits in the leadoff spot and the badly slumping Ryan Ludwick had two more in the second spot to pace the attack. They each scored a pair of runs. Nick Stavinoha batted down in the order where he had a key hit and a pair of RBI with two outs in the third to break the game open and Yadier Molina, the Redbirds' best clutch hitter of late, drove in three with a hit and a walk.
Adam Wainwright allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. He walked two and struck out seven en route to his fifth win of the young season.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright
Cardinals Play of the Game: Stavinoha's two strike, two out hit
Lowlight: With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Brendan Ryan booted a ground ball that should have ended the game. The Pirates responded with three straight hits and two runs before the game was finally ended.