I feel terrible for Adam Wainwright, robbed of the Cy Young Award last season by a crummy bullpen, and now he's watching a potential second chance frittered away because the Cardinals' high powered offense can't score. At all.
Wainwright tossed eight excellent innings Tuesday night, allowing only four hits. But, despite that great effort, he came an eyelash away from being tagged with a loss. Only a David Freese and Yadier Molina rally in the top of the ninth to put the Birds only run of the game on the board prevented that. Wainwright got no decision for his trouble, instead, and the Cardinals lost 2-1 in 10 innings.
The Cardinals left 10 men on base and made struggling Cole Hamels, who came into the game with an ERA over 5.00, look like Sandy Koufax. I get that the Redbirds just don't hit lefties well. But if that's the case, take some pitches and work the count to knock the starter out of the game...
Cardinals outfielder Joe Mather breaks up a double play on a ground ball hit by Brendan Ryan AP photo.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Yadier Molina had 1/3 of the St. Louis hits and drove in the only run for the Redbirds. But Wainwright's brillant start gets the nod.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Albert Pujols, with Ryan Howard at the plate and Placido Polanco on third with one out in the sixth, snagged a hard grounder down the first base line and held the runner at third to prevent the go ahead run from scoring.
Lowlight: With Albert Pujols on second base and one out in the top of the 10th, Matt Holliday struck out. But, if that isn't bad enough, he failed to notice that the ball got away from the catcher and turned to walk to the St. Louis dugout. Pujols looked on incredulously. If Holliday would have run, the Phillies catcher would have been forced to either throw the ball to first while Pujols scampered over to third with the go ahead run, or -- better yet -- held the ball to prevent Pujols from going to third, allowing Holliday to reach first safely. Either way, it was a lousy, lazy play.