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. 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.
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. Miller was solid down the stretch last season, but has struggled a little bit in the early going of the 2014 season.