ST. LOUIS Adam Wainwright couldnt have been more focused and excited to start the winner-take-all Game 5 of the NLDS in Washington last week. Then he went out and pitched a dud, allowing six runs in 2 13 innings to put his team in a huge hole.
For a while, it looked like that would be the last start the right-hander would make in 2011. It was a taste he surely wasnt wanting to take with him into the offseason.
But then the Cardinals did the unthinkable, coming back from the six-run deficit to stun the Nationals 9-7 and advance to the National League Championship Series against the Nationals.
They kept their season alive. More importantly, they gave Wainwright a chance at redemption. Hell start Thursday nights Game 4 against the Giants with the Cardinals leading the series 2-1.
"It was all part of my plan," Wainwright joked. "You lose the first two and you're pitching great, you've got to wake the team up. I don't want them out there sitting back on their heels. I purposely we...