ST. LOUIS Adam Wainwright didn't expect to be pitching Thursday night. By this point he figured to be back home in Georgia, ready to start his offseason much earlier than he had hoped.
Wainwright was at home Thursday. He was at home on the Busch Stadium mound, doing what he does best. Thanks to a historic comeback to bail him out after a disastrous Game 5 start against the Washington Nationals last week, Wainwright got an unexpected chance to pitch again.
And boy, did he take advantage of it. The right-hander allowed just one run and four hits in seven strong innings to help the Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 8-3. The win moved the Cardinals to within one win of a return trip to the World Series.
"It was very satisfying," Wainwright said. "A little part of me wanted to reprove it to myself that I could go out there and pitch great when we need me to. I knew I could. I was just very confident in my ability and my stuff. I just needed to trust it and go...