Anyone who thinks baseball is boring when there aren't a lot of runs scored needs to be treated to a game like the Cardinals 1-0 victory Tuesday over the Astros.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright and Houston hurler Wandy Rodriguez traded zeros all night at Busch stadium with the only difference being a Brendan Ryan single in the first followed by an Albert Pujols double that scored him all the way from first base.
I can't stress enough how much I like what Wainwright brings to the table. He was obviously on fumes, well over 100 pitches with two outs to go in the eighth, when he knuckled down and struck out Jason Michaels with the tying run at third base. It's rare to see someone with such a potent combination of guts and talent.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright reacts after striking out Jason Michaels to end the eighth inning. AP photo.
Former Cy Young Award winner Chris Carpenter may face some competition from his teammate in his quest to repeat the honor. Wainwright is making a heckuva case with his league leading 15th win and eight shut out innings that lowered his ERA to 2.50 for the season. I hope the Cardinals hurlers don't hurt each other by splitting the vote in the balloting.
While the Cardinals won a defensive struggle, the Cubs were pummeled Tuesday in their home park to fall nine games back with only five weeks left to play. I have received several calls and messages from Cubs fans who are ready to run the white flag up the pole. But the Cardinals were tied with the Wee Bears only 17 games ago. Things can change in a hurry, so even though the Redbirds have been fantastic, I'm not counting any chickens until the magic number stands at zero.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright. No question about it.
Lowlight: It's a shame that Rodriguez had to take the loss for such a well pitched game. He hurled even innings and allowed one run on three hits. Better him than Wainwright.