National League Game Summary - San Francisco at St. Louis|
(Thursday, August 9th)
Final Score: St. Louis 3, San Francisco 1
St. Louis, MO (Sports Network) - Adam Wainwright left the mound with a smile
following the seventh inning.
It would have been hard not to smile after he looked like the Cy Young Award
candidate he once was in the Cardinals' 3-1 win over the Giants.
Wainwright (10-10), coming off a complete game against Milwaukee, held the
Giants to one run on five hits and struck out seven in seven innings. The 30-
year-old, who missed all of 2011 following Tommy John surgery, is now 3-1 in
his last five starts with a 1.75 earned run average and has lowered his ERA
below four for the first time since April 7.
"Working off a good-located fastball, you can do a whole lot of stuff with
your off-speed stuff," Wainwright said. "It starts with that good heater, down
in the zone. It's still the best pitch in baseball."
"He knows how to pitch," Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro said. "He doesn't
miss his spot very often. He worked both sides of the plate very good with the
sinker, cutter, curveball."
Jon Jay picked up his fourth straight multi-hit game and scored a run for the
Cardinals, who have won five of their last seven and salvaged a four-game
Madison Bumgarner (12-7) tossed his sixth straight quality start but could not
outduel Wainwright. The left-hander gave up three runs on three hits and
struck out seven in six innings of work.
Carlos Beltran put the Cardinals ahead in the first inning. After Jay led off
with a base hit, Beltran laced a 2-1 slider over the left-field fence to spot
St. Louis a two-run lead.
The Giants put together a rally in the fifth inning. Joaquin Arias and
Bumgarner delivered back-to-back singles before Angel Pagan walked to load the
bases with one out. Wainwright was able to minimize the damage, though, with
the help of Jay. Marco Scutaro hit a fly ball to right-center field. Jay raced
from center field to make a sliding catch and hold the Giants to a sacrifice
fly. Wainwright then got Melky Cabrera to pop out to end the inning and
preserve the lead.
St. Louis tacked on an insurance run in the sixth. Jay led off with a double
to left-center field, swiped third and scored on Allen Craig's sac fly to give
the Cardinals a 3-1 lead.
"He made things happen today," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said. "Getting
on base for [Beltran] early, and then the double later on and stealing third
to give [Craig] a chance to drive him in, it was a good day. We can never
ignore what he does in the outfield too, he made some big plays for us,
Mitchell Boggs tossed a perfect eighth and Jason Motte worked around a two-out
walk to earn his 25th save of the season.
Over his last four games, Jay is 10-for-15...The Giants were held off the
board in the first inning for the first time in their last seven games overall
and eight road games...Buster Posey went 1-for-3 and has hit safely in 13
straight games and 22 of 24 games since the All-Star break (41-
for-92)...Wainwright won his third straight decision...In his last four starts
at Busch Stadium, Wainwright is 4-0 with a 1.55 ERA (five earned runs in 29
1/3 innings)...The Giants went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and
08/09 19:27:35 ET