Adam Wainwright had plenty of time to reflect, and insisted everything felt good.
The results said otherwise.
The St. Louis Cardinals had their ace going for a sweep over the Cincinnati Reds, but Wainwright was way out of character in a 10-0 loss on Wednesday night.
The right-hander missed a chance to become the National League's first 16-game winner.
''It's just a really bad night, a perfect storm,'' Wainwright said. ''I felt fine. I mean, what can you say? I pitched terrible and that's why we lost game.''
Wainwright (15-8) said throwing a complete game his previous outing had nothing to do with what happened against the Reds.
''No, no, no,'' the right-hander said. ''I'm a big, strong man. This is what we train for all offseason and all season long, to be ready for games like this.''
Wainwright will get another chance at the Reds next week in Cincinnati.
''Just a tough night, that's all there is to it,'' manager Mike Matheny said. ''You just put them behind you and get read...