ST LOUIS -- Adam Wainwright likes to say baseball is a humbling game. Soar too high and this sport will cut you down. Wednesday night was a good example.
Four days after Wainwright raised 111,000 for charity and threw a gem of a complete game against the Atlanta Braves -- a day he said would be remembered as one of his best -- the Cardinals' ace, well, he can tell you
"This is the worst start I've ever had in my career, if I'm not mistaken," he said.
"What can you say? I pitched terrible, and that's why we lost the game."
Wainwright lasted just two innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. By the time he threw his 53rd and final pitch, Cincinnati had scored nine runs on eight hits. For the first time in his career, Wainwright didn't make it into the third. It was the most earned runs he had given up as a major leaguer and caused his ERA to jump from 2.58 to 2.96.
It was ugly, and concerning. Enough so that the game itself -- the Cardinals never recovered and lost to th...