Adam Wainwright is “very confident going forward”

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Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright was hammered for six runs over 4 1/3 innings in his NLDS Game 1 start against the Dodgers and he again failed to make it out of the fifth inning in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series this past Saturday versus the Giants. Those struggles are thought to be related to a lingering elbow issue that Wainwright has been dealing with since the middle of summer.

But there was a tone of optimism in the veteran’s voice after he completed a successful bullpen session Wednesday afternoon at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

Wainwright, who’s scheduled to face off against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner in Game 5 of the NLCS on Thursday, told USA Today’s Bob Nightengale that he is “very confident going forward” and that his issues have been more mechanical than physical.

It’s the kind of thing you’d expect to hear from a confident, accomplished pitcher on the eve of what could be an elimination game. We’ll find out early Thursday evening how much of that confidence is based in reality.

Video: Dexter Fowler robs Asdrúbal Cabrera of three-run homer

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Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler made a critical catch in the eighth inning of Wednesday afternoon’s series finale against the Nationals. With the Cardinals leading 5-1, the Nationals were threatening with runners on first and second with one out against lefty Andrew Miller. Asdrúbal Cabrera worked a full count before serving a 3-2 outside slider to right field. The ball had home run distance, but Fowler tracked it, leaped at the wall, and robbed Cabrera of a three-run home run.

Carlos Martínez relieved Miller, getting Victor Robles to ground out to end the inning. The Cardinals would go on to win 5-1.

The game had playoff implications on both sides. The win bumped the Cardinals’ hold on first place in the NL Central to 2.5 games while the Nationals’ lead over the Cubs and Brewers for the first NL Wild Card shrinks to just one game.

The Nationals will close out their final road trip of the regular season with three games against the Marlins before hosting the Phillies for five games and the Indians for three. The Cardinals, meanwhile, begin their final road trip of the regular season with four against the Cubs followed by three against the Diamondbacks before closing out the season at home with three games versus the Cubs.