He stands tall at 6-foot-7 and weighs 228-pounds. On Thursday night against an offensive juggernaut in the Washington Nationals , Wainwright put together a complete-game statement to the rest of the league. It took him 110 pitches to get through the game, so he was efficient in his work on the mound. On Thursday night in D.C., Wainwright put on an absolute clinic on the mound.
The Nationals were the beneficiaries of sloppy play one day after making four errors and being two-hit by Adam Wainwright in an 8-0 loss to open the four- game series. Wacha picked up his third and fourth strikeouts to start the third inning, but Rendon lined the next pitch, a 74 mph curve ball, into the visitors bullpen behind left field for his third homer of the season and a 1-0 Nationals lead.
Bryce Harper didn't get past the sixth inning either, but for a completely different reason. "That's the disappointing thing about the way the game finished for me today." The win snapped a five-game losing streak for the Cubs. The right-hander struck out five in his fourth start of the season, six days after his 8-6 victory over the Diamondbacks at Phoenix.
Lynn struck out 11, one shy of a career-best, and threw seven shutout innings in a 4-0 final at Milwaukee. Anthony Rendon hit a solo homer for Washington and Gio Gonzalez (3-1) struck out seven batters in seven innings, but it was the poor play by St. Louis in the seventh that got the Nationals the win.
It was evident last year that the Cardinals have one of the more talented and young pitching staffs in all of baseball. Here are the grades for the starting five and bullpen. Miller was solid down the stretch last season, but has struggled a little bit in the early going of the 2014 season. Kelly barely won the fifth starter job out of spring training, but boy are the Cards happy he won the spot.
The Nationals, behind their best starting pitcher so far this season, Gio Gonzalez, beat the defending NLCS champion Cardinals, and starter Michael Wacha, by a score of 3-1. This season, with some fresh blood in the dugout, a new manager in Matt Williams and with the emergence of Anthony Rendon, not to mention All-Star Bryce Harper, the Nationals are poised to fulfill last year's failed prophecy and win the division this season.
While in DC today, Matheny spoke about leadership to the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the US Department of State. t.co/hfXrnjrRZB
Sixteen games into the regular season, the defending National League champion St. Louis Cardinals are off to a good start (10-6). Here are three keys for the Cardinals to triumph this weekend in the nation's capital.
Adam Wainwright , ace of the Cardinals and author of one of the best curves in baseball, twirled a two-hit shutout against the Nationals. As the following GIF will show, Wainwright's 110th and final pitch of the night -- a 0-2 wipeout bender inflicted upon Ian Desmond -- was one to be admired and perhaps displayed as a work of public art ...
Adam Wainwright was as close to unhittable as he's ever been. "The first ball of the game, you boot it, that doesn't set the tone. If I ever want to be the captain of this team -- and I do -- I'm going to have to be better than that," Desmond said.
The way Adam Wainwright was carving up the Nationals' offense on Thursday, he'd require only minimal assistance to ensure the Cardinals a win in the opener of a four-game series at Nationals Park. The Nationals committed their fourth error of the night in the eighth -- Jayson Werth appeared to lose a fly ball in the lights.
Wainwright (3-1) allowed Ian Desmond's infield single in the second inning and Adam LaRoche's single to right in the ninth. The Cardinals put RHP Joe Kelly on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring, a day after he got hurt while trying to beat out a bunt attempt in a 5-1 loss to Milwaukee.