There has been a lot of speculation since he went down last season to injury that St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha would never be the same.
I believe Cincinnati Reds hurler Johnny Cueto might argue otherwise.
Wacha has out-dueled Cy Young Award favorite Cueto TWICE already this season, beating him Friday night to improve to 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA after two starts.
The Cardinals and Reds were tied through six inning after trading runs in the first frame. But Wacha hung around long enough to benefit from a Redbirds breakout in the seventh.
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Matt Holliday singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh. After Matt Adams struck out, Jhonny Peralta doubled to put runners on second and third with one out and Cueto intentionally walked Jon Jay to load the bases.
Yadier Molina came to the plate and wasted not time, stroking a double to left field on the first pitch he saw to clear the bases and make the score 4-1. Molina, who was hitless in his first 10 at-bats of the 2015 season, has quickly raised his average to .281.
The Birds scored a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth to make the score 6-1 and Kevin Siegrist pitched a pair of scoreless innings to notch his first save of the season.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Wacha.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Matt Carpenter scored the first St. Louis run of the game by vaulting over the Cincinnati catcher as he tried to catch a relay throw to the plate. But Yadi's three-run double was the difference maker in the game.
Lowlight: Matt Adams had a hit in the game. But he struck out twice and already has whiffed seven times this season.