The Bottom Line: Adam Wainwright (16-9, 2.69) decided to compensate for surrendering three home runs in his outing by collecting 3 RBIs of his own. Seth Maness and Pat Neshek in the bullpen came through with 3 innings of shut-out baseball. Peter Bourjos and Matt Carpenter each picked up an RBI as the Cardinals went on to win their fourth in a row.
The Cardinals have extended their lead in the NL Central to two games with the Brewers losing again to the Cubs today.
A Lost Art: Wainwright shows us again that he is no stranger to swinging the bat in critical situations. He was able to knock in three runs today with his aggressive approach at the plate. Even though the RBIs were obtained by a groundout and a bloop single to center, it shows how important pitchers can be in the offensive outcome of a game. With all of the hype surrounding Designated Hitters in the American League, it is easy to forget that pitchers in the National League are given the task to handle the bat, often with nothing more than a “don’t swing” attitude. Wainwright shows how the task of hitting from a pitcher is often overlooked. While it should not be pitchers’ top priority, hitting is an important part of the National League that pitchers and coaches should take more seriously.
In other news, Cards’ Third Base Coach, José Oquendo, was ejected in the fourth inning of tonight’s game. That’s not something you see every day.