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Adam Wainwright’s second Game 5 needs to go better than his first

Oct 7, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

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For the second year in a row, the Cardinals will turn to Adam Wainwright in a decisive NLDS Game 5. Last year, they escaped with a win, but it was with no help from their ace.

Wainwright was tagged for six runs in 2 1/3 innings by the Nationals in Game 5 of the NLDS last year, and with Cy Young contender Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nats, things seemed bleak. The Cards offense, though, managed to score three times off Gonzalez in the fourth and fifth innings and then add six runs off the Nationals bullpen — including four in the ninth coming against Drew Storen — in a 9-7 win.

That’s the only bad outing Wainwright has had in five starts and nine relief appearances in the postseason. Including his Game 1 win against the Pirates, he’s allowed a total of four runs in his other 37 1/3 innings of work. The Cardinals will be counting on similar success if they’re going to make it back to the NLCS this year.

  1. savior72 - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:49 PM

    This guys a gamer pure and simple, any team would love to have him as a starter (and closer if necessary). In Waino Cardinals Nation has faith.

  2. perryt200 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    the Bucs have to go to StL and beat the Cards ace.

    after game one I am really surprised we have to go back to StL.

    the Pirates have had an amazing year. over 500, went 10-9 against the Cards in regular season, made the playoffs, have an MVP contender, beat Cincy to take the wildcard spot, finally started getting the fans to come to PNC, lots and lots of positives.

    but we are back to the original line, the Bucs have to go to StL and beat the Cards ace. i think all the pros called it early. Cards in 5

  3. savior72 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Kudos to the Pirates so far this year, not many took them seriously. Don’t blame us, we’ve seen it before. Just hope they fall back off like the Brewers and the Reds have. We want a good rival in our division to contend with. The Cubs don’t count, but it’s more of a friendly rivalry.maybe it’s the Pirates turn. It’s been good so far.

  4. heyzeus143 - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:47 PM

    Let’s hope he has a crappy day :-)

  5. ppens1 - Oct 8, 2013 at 3:54 AM

    Cole struck out five on the day. The young right-hander allowed a solo shot to Yadier Molina in the fifth inning but was otherwise in control all day, retiring 11 in a row at one point and only twice allowing a runner to reach second base. We’ll have to see what Pirates manager Clint Hurdle says, but it would be a surprise if Cole doesn’t get the ball in a potential Game 5 now given the contrast of his and A.J. Burnett’s performances in St. Louis. Oct 4 – 5:02 PM
    Ok now its the rookies turn to save the season. You have a city behind you if not a nation, its time for your best game. I think the bats are ready,after taking the day off .

    • stlouis1baseball - Oct 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      It’s gonna’ be Wainwright and Cole. The Pirates announced it yesterday.
      I fully expect another low scoring nail-biter.

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