Wainwright started the second by getting Stephen Drew to hit a high pop in front of the mound, and he raised his hands as if signaling that he would catch it. Instead, Wainwright let the ball drop between him and catcher Yadier Molina, a fellow Gold Glove winner, for a single that started a two-run inning that opened a 5-0 lead.
“Tonight was a clear case of our starting pitching, being me, going out there and setting the wrong tone. That second inning completely (changes) if I catch the ball,” Wainwright said.
A 19-game winner in the regular season, Wainwright threw 60 pitches through two innings. He looked more like an ace after that but left after the fifth, trailing 5-0 and having thrown 95 pitches.
Wainwright allowed just one hit in his last three innings but, by then, it was too late.
“The good news is, I didn’t show them anything I had. Everything I threw tonight was pretty much garbage,” he said.
WANT WHIPPED CREAM WITH THAT? Michael Wacha walked into a restaurant in St. Louis and found himself on the menu.
So he tried the “Wacha Wacha” milkshake.
“It was pretty good,” the Cardinals rookie right-hander said Wednesday night.
It’s been a quick move from the shadows to the spotlight for Wacha, called up for the final time this season after rosters expanded in September. Now he’s the flavor of the month in October, scheduled to start Game 2 against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.
Wacha was 4-1 with a 2.78 ERA in three regular-season stints with the Cardinals. In the postseason, he’s 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA, allowing just one earned run in 21 innings. In the clinching sixth game of the NL championship series, he allowed two hits in seven innings of a 9-0 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers.