For the second time in two post-season starts this year, Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright couldn’t make it out of the fifth inning. The right-hander lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his NLDS Game 1 start against the Dodgers, and was only able to record one more out this time around in Game 1 of the NLCS against the Giants.
Wainwright loaded the bases with no outs in the second inning, allowing the Giants to plate two runs. The Giants pushed across a third run in the third inning following back-to-back singles to lead off the inning, with one of the runners eventually crossing home on a Brandon Belt sacrifice fly.
In the fifth, Wainwright recorded two outs but also issued two walks. Following the second of the two walks, to Belt, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny brought in reliever Marco Gonzales, who got Brandon Crawford to ground out to end the inning. Wainwright’s night ends having allowed the three runs on six hits and three walks while striking out two in 4 2/3 innings.
Wainwright’s poor performance in two starts combined with complaints of a balky elbow — despite the right-hander’s dismissal of concern — should worry the Cardinals, who will need him to pitch again if the series is to be extended to five or more games. Only 24 of Wainwright’s 98 pitches were fastballs (via Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports), which may signify that something isn’t right.