Before the St. Louis Cardinals dropped Game 1 of the 2012 National League Division Series to the visiting Washington Nationals on Sunday due to a combination of misfortunes in the seventh and eighth innings, starting pitcher Adam Wainwright kept his team in the game.
For the first 5 2/3 innings, the right-hander held the Nats’ offense to a single run on six hits. Wainwright secured 10 of his 17 outs via the strikeout. Over the final 3 1/3 frames, relievers Lance Lynn, Mitchell Boggs and Marc Rzepczynski added one more strikeout each for a team total of 13.
This was the 206th post-season game in Cardinals history. In the seven prior games in which their starter logged at least 10 strikeouts the Cardinals won each time – until Sunday.
Wainwright’s performance is tied for fourth for the most strikeouts by a Cardinals pitcher in a post-season game.
Bob Gibson logged the top two and five of the team’s nine double-digit post-season strikeout performances. Further, he had eight of the ...