Originally written on i70baseball  |  Last updated 11/17/14
The St. Louis Cardinals will partake in the glorious, heart-pounding, frustrating-yet-exhilarating experience that is Game 5 of the National League Division Series for the third year in a row. They won both of those two previous games, but one player in particular most certainly hopes the game is more similar to 2011 than 2012 — Adam Wainwright. The Cardinals 2011 ace, Chris Carpenter, pitched a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in what was one of the best games in recent memory, mostly because of Carpenter’s brilliant performance that narrowly beat his friend, Phillies ace Roy Halladay. The Cardinals sent Wainwright, their 2012 ace, to the mound in the next year’s Game 5 against the Washington Nationals, and while the end of the game was equally exciting, the first three innings were horrendous as Wainwright gave up six runs in the first three innings and dropped the Cardinals into a 6-0 hole that, although created the necessary disadvantage to allo...
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