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Michael Wacha hands 1-0 lead over to Cardinals’ bullpen after stellar start in Game 2 of NLCS

Oct 12, 2013, 6:16 PM EDT

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Cardinals starter Michael Wacha dazzled, shutting the Dodgers out over six and two-thirds innings. He allowed just five hits and a walk while striking out eight, escaping jams in the fifth and sixth innings before giving way to the bullpen with two outs in the seventh.

Wacha retired the first two batters he faced, but his pitch count ran close to 110 as Nick Punto stepped to the plate. Punto singled on an 0-2 ground ball to center, ending Wacha’s evening. Matheny went to the mound and brought in lefty Kevin Siegrist. Siegrist uncorked two wild pitches, allowing Punto to advance from first to third, but he got Michael Young to end an eight-pitch at-bat with a lazy fly ball to right field.

Including his Game 4 start against the Pirates in the NLDS, Wacha has allowed just one run in 14 post-season innings, striking out 17 while walking just three. Not bad for a 22-year-old.

  1. paperlions - Oct 12, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Oof.

    Matheny is making things waaaaaaaaaaaaaay too complicated. Siegrist has been great against RHB and LHB all year….should have left him in for the 8th. Bringing in Choate for 1 guy and now Martinez for 1 guy….then who knows for Gonzalez…..when, in reality, leaving Siegrist in for all 4 guys was both the easiest and smartest move.

    • forsch31 - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Seigrist was wild. He nearly blew that inning. And the pitch he got Young to hit wasn’t too good either. With the way he was pitching, I didn’t want him to face another batter after getting out of that mess.

      It was a good move–start with your other lefthander, then bring in a guy whose stuff is so nasty that it doesn’t matter if he’s righty or lefty.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        I agree Bob. Seigrist was all over the place. Wound way too tight. Trying to be perfect with his slider (resulting in 45′ pitches.). Good call by Matheny.

  2. kingscourt25 - Oct 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Kershaw has a 1.72 ERA through 256 innings and has 10 losses

    • apkyletexas - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:03 PM

      Because he’s normally facing the other team’s #1 pitcher, and no #1 pitcher in the league is the least bit afraid of this Dodger lineup. Well – except for Atlanta.

    • cincinata - Oct 12, 2013 at 9:05 PM

      That’s what you call tough luck pitching.

  3. apkyletexas - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Where is Yasiel?

    0-9 for two games, 5 strikeouts, and comes to bat with 11 different runners on and leaves them all?

    It’s a good thing he’s not “reckless”, or his batting line could really be bad.

    • apkyletexas - Oct 12, 2013 at 7:11 PM

      My bad – 0-10 with 6 strikeouts.

      Wow. Think how bad it could be if he were “reckless”.

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