After taking the first game of the double header against the Giants, Adam Wainwright looked to complete the sweep. The Giants were countering with Madison Bumgarner with the hope that the lefty would shut down the Cards. It was a realistic hope due to the Cards record against lefties. It didn’t happen though. Bumgarner struggled through a disappointing game as the redbirds touched him for five runs in six innings. Wainwright on the other hand was simply incredible. He ended up going the distance, allowing seven hits, one run, struck out ten and walked no one. He also added a double which helped score two runs. His strike out to walk ratio of 84-6 is outstanding. Wainwright and Shelby Miller combined for sixteen innings and one earned run. Right now they are the best one-two punch in the game. In completing his third game of the season, it leaves the Cards with a very fresh bullpen for Sunday’s game.
The Cards were able to score three runs in the third, with Pete Kozma getting a leadoff walk, a Wainwright double, a Jon Jay fielder’s choice that Kozma beat the throw on, and a two run single by Beltran. They had a chance for more but Descalso flied out with the bases loaded. They scored two runs in the sixth with Descalso getting an rbi single and a sacrifice fly by Shane Robinson. They also scored with a two run single by Ty Wiggington with the bases loaded. The hitting over .330 with RISP. Insane. And this was done without Allen Craig, Matt Holliday, and Matt Carpenter.
With this win, the Pirates are 3 1/2 back since they lost to the Reds. They have the best record in baseball with Texas and Cincinnati tied for second. At 37-18, they have a chance to go 20 games over .500. They could go 53-54 the rest of the season and still have 90 wins. I don’t see that happening because the Cardinals have usually been a second half team.
On Sunday the Cards send Tyler Lyons (2-0) against Chad Gaudin as he makes his first home start.