Posted October 28, 2013 on AP on Fox
Adam Wainwright was much better in his second start of the World Series. Still, the St. Louis Cardinals needed a lot more from their ace. The 19-game winner was outpitched again by Jon Lester, losing to the Red Sox 3-1 in Game 5 on Monday night. Despite an impressive 10 strikeouts, Wainwright has put the Cardinals in a 3-2 hole. To win the World Series for the second time in three years, they'll have to rally on the road without him. St. Louis will turn to rookie Michael Wacha, the team's best pitcher this postseason at 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA. And the way the Cardinals' offense has struggled, they'll likely need another lights-out performance from the 22-year-old NLCS MVP in Game 6 on Wednesday night in Boston against John Lackey. Matt Holliday's 427-foot home run to straightaway center in the fourth was the lone run against Lester, who permitted one run in 15 1-3 innings in two superb starts against St. Louis. Wainwright is the first Cardinals pitcher to reach double-digit strikeouts in the World Series since Hall of Famer Bob Gibson did it twice against the Detroit Tigers in 1968, one a Series record 17. Unlike the opener, when he was roughed up in an 8-1 loss, Wainwright gave up only an RBI double to David Ortiz in the first inning, until the Red Sox rallied for two runs in the seventh inning. Boston had three hits in the seventh, the go-ahead drive coming on David Ross' ground-rule double. Jacoby Ellsbury added an RBI single. Wainwright was 4-0 in his postseason career before a tough-luck loss in Game 3 of the NLCS. Now he's lost three in a row. Aided by Daniel Nava's double-play ball ending the fourth that cancelled out Ortiz's second straight hit, Wainwright retired 11 in a row including a run of five straight strikeouts. Three straight Cardinals hit Lester hard in the fourth and Holliday's blast tied it, giving him four homers and 10 RBIs in the postseason.

Wainwright hopes to atone for poor showing

In early March 2011, Adam Wainwright had “Tommy John” surgery to replace a ligament in his right elbow. For the first time since forever, he was not playing baseball in April when the Masters Tournament came around. Wainwright took advantage of the opportunity to go to Augusta National and watch the best players in the world compete for one of the most coveted championships...

Adam Wainwright: My mechanics were bad in Game 1

Adam Wainwright is pretty much the definition of an ace pitcher. He was one of the best pitchers in baseball in 2009 and 2010, and he was one of the best in 2012 and this season after returning from surgery in 2011. He was light’s out in the NLDS against the Pittsburgh Pirates and had […]

Cardinal Plane Delayed Seven Hours On Ground

Adam Wainwright Retrieves Luggage With ChildAs we reported yesterday, the Cardinals' plane from St. Louis to Boston was delayed on the ground for seven hours due to mechanical issues. The Delta charter was supposed to leave ArchVille at 1PM Central time. After the seven-hour delay, the flight—packed with players and their families—landed at Logan Airport after 11PM Eastern...

Aced out: Wainwright outpitched again by Lester

ST. LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright was much better in his second start of the World Series. Still, the St. Louis Cardinals needed a lot more from their ace. The 19-game winner was outpitched again by Jon Lester, losing to the Red Sox 3-1 in Game 5 on Monday night. Despite an impressive 10 strikeouts, Wainwright has put the Cardinals in a 3-2 hole. To win the World Series for the second...

Wainwright, Ortiz, and Facing the Monster

What happened in the sixth inning Monday night probably mattered. It probably mattered in ways we can’t conceive of, in ways we’d never be able to figure out. Everything, every last thing in a baseball game, is connected, and if you remove one screw, the whole bridge might collapse. No, that doesn’t work. The whole bridge might rearrange itself? No, that doesn’t work, either...

Preview: It's Wainwright vs. Lester in World Series Game 5

Jon Lester gave the Boston Red Sox a one-game lead in his first start of the World Series. He's in a position to do it again in his second. After evening the series Sunday, the Red Sox turn to the left-hander for Monday night's Game 5 in St. Louis with hopes of returning to Boston a win away from their third World Series title in 10 seasons. Lester, 3-1 this postseason...

TCN 2013 St. Louis Starting Pitcher of Year

There is no doubt that Adam Wainwright is the ace and leader of the Cardinals pitching staff.

Lester, Wainwright, and World Series Repeat Starters

One of the points we’ve been hammering home really all postseason long is that starting pitchers tend to perform worse and worse as a game goes on. It’s far from a dramatic effect — a pitcher the third time around shouldn’t be expected to get completely and utterly bombed — but an effect is there, as pitchers make subsequent trips through the order. Starters become less...

Photo: World Series overshadows MNF in St. Louis

Who says that baseball is dying? With the World Series in town, St. Louis’ collective attention is focused on the Red Sox and Cardinals squaring off in Game 5, leaving the Monday Night Football matchup that is also in the city to be all but forgotten. As Adam Wainwright and Jon Lester continue to deal in a battle of the aces, David Ortiz builds on his legendary postseason resume...

Will Fate Choose Adam Wainwright In World Series’ Game 5?

Nobody knows where October’s spotlight will fall. Sunday it shined on journeyman outfielder Jonny Gomes, the unlikely slugger of a game-winning three-run homer for Boston in Game 4. Gomes is proof October doesn’t always belong to the marquee names. The previous night it shined on the umpires, who correctly ended Game 3 on an obstruction call. After Gomes’ blast on Sunday, fate...

Red Sox-Cardinals Live: Jon Lester, Adam Wainwright Face Off in Game 5 in St. Louis With Series Tied 2-2

8 a.m. ET: The World Series has become a best-of-three set. Whichever team wins two of the next three games will be crowned champion of the baseball world. The Red Sox, as they’ve done time and time again, showed a tremendous amount of resilience while capturing Game 4 in St. Louis. The Sox lost Game 3 in heartbreaking fashion, lost Shane Victorino for Game 4 due to injury, sent...

World Series Game 5 preview

                                    @   Series tied 2-2 Gametime: Monday 8:07 | Busch Stadium | FOX/WEEI/ESPN Radio +6  Run differential in WS Game 5 Matchup: Jon Lester, LHP  2013: 15-8, 3.75 ERA, 1.294 WHIP | 2013 Postseason: 3-1, 1.67 ERA, 1.074 WHIP Adam Wainwright, RHP  2013: 19-9, 2.94 ERA, 1.068 WHIP | 2013 Postseason...

David Ross Key to Red Sox Victory

The Boston Red Sox downed the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 Monday night. Starting pitchers Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright each dominated, combining for 17 strikeouts, 1 walk, and 24 swings and misses. The game took just three hours. Red Sox catcher David Ross was essential to the victory. The 36 year-old veteran produced two hits, including the go-ahead double off Wainwright...

Red Sox Win Game 5 Take 3-2 World Series Lead

The Boston Red Sox are one win away from a World Series win after beating the St Louis Cardinals 3-1 in Game 5 and will take a 3-2 Series lead back to Fenway Park for Game 6 on Wednesday. Jon Lester dominated St. Louis on four hits into the eighth, David Ross hit a tiebreaking RBI double in a two-run seventh inning off Adam Wainwright to lead Red Sox . Wainwright struck out Daniel...

BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 317: How World Series Game Five Was Won (and Lost) by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam discuss David Ortiz, Jon Lester and Adam Wainwright, and the latest questionable moves by Mike Matheny and John Farrell.
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