Game Report: Reds 10, Cardinals 0
By Rob Rains
Adam Wainwright had the worst start of his major-league career, lasting only two innings, as the Reds salvaged the final game of the three-game series Wednesday night by blowing out the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Here is how the game broke down:
At the plate:
Homer Bailey allowed just five hits over 7 1/3 innings as the Reds handed the Cardinals their ninth shutout of the season… All five hits were singles, making this the first game since Aug. 8 in which the Cardinals did not get a double or an extra-base hit… Matt Holliday was 0-for-2 before coming out of the game, ending his streak of having driven in a run in seven consecutive games.
On the mound:
Wainwright allowed three runs on four hits and a walk before getting an out and the Reds went on to score six times in the first inning. A three-run homer by Jay Bruce in the second increased the lead to 9-0, tying the most runs Wainwright had ever allowed in a start for the Cardinals. He also gave up nine runs in a start against the Brewers on Sept. 24, 2007, but five of those runs were unearned. This also was the shortest start of Wainwright’s career, having twice left a start after 2 2/3 innings, most recently on Aug. 31 last year versus Washington … “You’ve just got to throw it away,” Wainwright said. “You like to say you have something to learn in every game but today is something I’m just going to forget about and go back to pitching next start. I’ll be fine.” Wainwright said he felt no physical issues. “It was just a bad night, that’s all you can say,” he said. “I was focused, I had a good plan and just didn’t execute some pitches and the pitches I did execute they found holes. I pitched terrible.” … It was the third time in his career he had allowed six runs in an inning, the most recent on Sept. 4, 2009 at Pittsburgh … Michael Wacha pitched four innings of scoreless relief, striking out a career-high seven batters... Michael Blazek, recalled from Memphis earlier in the day, pitched 1 2/3 innings before Fernando Salas finished the game, allowing a home run to Chris Heisey in the ninth inning for the final Cincinnati run.
Wainwright had never allowed more than four runs in the first inning of any of his 178 previous starts for the Cardinals. That had happened twice, most recently on April 13,2012 against the Cubs. He had allowed a total of six or more runs only 11 times when starting a game prior to Wednesday night… The nine-runs, two-inning outing raised Wainwright’s ERA for the season from 2.58 to 2.96… The poor outing came in Wainwright’s first start since a 128-pitch complete game on Friday, but in his career Wainwright had gone 5-1 with two no-decisions in starts following games in which he made 120 or more pitches.
The last Cardinal starter gave up nine or more runs in a game was Edwin Jackson, 10 runs, eight earned, on Aug. 3, 2011. The last starter to give up nine or more earned runs in a game was Jaime Garcia on May 28, 2011 … It was the Cardinals worst shutout loss to the Reds since a 12-0 loss in 1971 and the worst in St. Louis since a 16-0 loss in 1916 … Pete Kozma made his second professional appearance as an outfielder when he replaced Matt Holliday in left field to start the sixth inning. His only other outfield experience came in the rookie Gulf Coast League when he played right field In a game on July 28, 2007 … The 10-0 loss was the Cardinals’ most-lopsided defeat of the year … Before the game the Cardinals optioned Carlos Martinez to Memphis, where he is expected to start Thursday night. Tyler Lyons also reported to Memphis and will pitch in relief. Both are eligible to return on Tuesday, the day after Memphis’ regular-season ends.
The Cardinals will have Thursday off and will head to Pittsburgh to open a three-game series against the Pirates, who beat Milwaukee 7-1 Wednesday night and now trail the Cardinals by a half-game in the NL Central. The Pirates play on Thursday night against Milwaukee and would move into a first-place tie with a win. Shelby Miller will pitch the opener Friday night against Francisco Liriano. After Thursday the Cardinals will play 10 consecutive games against the Pirates and Reds before their next day off on Sept. 9.