Thank God for Adam Wainwright.
Not only did the Cardinals starter single-handedly shut down the Brewers on Sunday. He avoided becoming another casualty of the anemic St. Louis offense by doubling home a trio of runners to provide all the scoring he needed.
Wainwright beat Milwaukee 7-1 but the Birds were unable to make up any ground on the Reds as the useless Cubs played the part of a doormat to Cincinnati.
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright celebrated being named to the National League All-Star Game by pitching a complete game victory against the brewers. AP photo.
The Cardinals did almost all of their damage in the third inning. Up 1-0, they got a one-out single from Colby Rasmus followed by an Another from Albert Pujols. Matt Holliday struck out for the second out. But Jon Jay was safe on an error by Milwaukee's shortstop to load the bases. Yadier Molina walked to force in one run. Then Wainwright came to the plate and stroked ball to the right centerfield gap to clear the bases.
Jay later homered for an insurance run. But Wainwright had all he needed as he pitched a complete game five hitter. His only run allowed came on a Corey Hart solo shot in the fourth inning.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wainwright
Cardinals Play of the Game: Wainwright's double
Lowlight: Holliday was 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts
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