For the first time this season, the St. Louis Cardinals were swept in a series as the Texas Rangers finished the weekend matchup with a 2-1 victory on Sunday night.
After a two-hour and 59-minute rain delay, Adam Wainwright started the game and worked through the Texas lineup at his usual quick pace until the Rangers were able to put a run on the board in the seventh.
“It was two pretty stressful innings in a row,” said Mike Matheny on the decision to lift Wainwright, who had thrown 19 pitches in the top of the sixth and allowed a walk and single. However, Wainwright also struck out a batter looking and got a pop foul out to retire the Rangers without any damage. In the top of the seventh, he picked up two outs on 10 pitches before a double and single led to Texas scoring a run.
Even though he was at 105 pitches, to be lifted with the score tied and two outs was noticeable as in the past, it has been fairly routine to see Wainwright left to work through situations and settle the decision.
“It is a tricky call,” said Matheny. “But after he’s labored like we said, he’s thrown over 20 pitches in that inning, we’ve got our eighth-inning guy and Waino’s gonna be up second and he’s not going to hit for himself. We’ve got an opportunity for Rosie to come in – who’s going to pitch the next one too, where he can get one out and get us out of that and hopefully get us an opportunity to get a run.”
“No, I don’t understand that circumstance,” said Wainwright. “At the same time, I couldn’t lobby because he made the double-switch already and guys were running on the field. He had already spoken to the umpire so no amount of lobbying I was going to stay in that game.”
Wainwright’s surprise at being taken out of the game was further illustrated as he wasn’t even aware he was being lifted as part of a double-switch until Yadier Molina approached the mound with another ball in his hand and Wainwright noticed David Freese exiting the field.
“No, I didn’t want to come out of that game,” said Wainwright. “I felt like I was as strong or stronger than I was in the beginning.”
It was the first start since May 16 that Wainwright failed to pitch at least seven innings. He falls to 10-5 on the season.
–Rain delays are now commonplace this season as the Cardinals have endured eight rain delays – lasting a combined 15 hours, 22 minutes. In addition, another game (San Francisco) was postponed before even being played.
–Allen Craig extended his hitting streak to six games (7-for-20, .350).
–Matt Carpenter hit his sixth home run of the season. It traveled an estimated 394 feet.
–The Cardinals drew 309,782 fans over the seven-game homestand for an average of 44,254 per game.