It was a dark and stormy night. Well, not that dark really. And just kind of rainy. Stop being so dramatic.
Anyway, after an hour rain delay the matchup of Adam Wainwright and Brandon Workman got underway.
In the first Jhonny Peralta got the good guys on the board, driving in two on a deep fly that carried to the wall. Oscar Taveras drove Jholtin' Jhonny in with a single through the right side, staking Waino to an early 3-0 lead.
Wainwright got into a bit of trouble in the 3rd, allowing serial singles to the Red Sox. He was able to limit the damage and escaped the inning with the lead intact. 3-2 Cardinallies.
And then in the bottom of the 5th: Wongdinger. And a little breathing room for Wainwright. 4-2 Redbirdos.
In the 7th, with his pitch count climbing, Waino allowed a couple of baserunners with two outs. He came through with a big ol' K on a sweet curve against Yonny Centepede at 122 pitches. Why Matheny thought it was a good idea to let the guy with recent tendonitis throw 122 freaking pitches is anyone's guess.
That backwards K to Cespedes was eerily similar to this: http://t.co/m6w56qXXFc pic.twitter.com/vzmcP94UIb— viva el birdos (@vivaelbirdos) August 8, 2014
A solid night for Wainwright, but the general Veeberatti consensus was he didn't quite seem to have his best stuff. Still, 7 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K is a pretty good night's work.
In the 7th: SWEET MERCIFUL JEHOSOPHAT, DID YOU SEE THAT. Just CRUSHED by Kolten Wong. Wow. 5-2 Birdinals.
via giant.gfycat.com and the inimitable mstreeter06
Kevin Siegrist and Pat Neshek took care of the 8th and 9th. And that's how it would end, 5-2 Our Guys.
Oscar Taveras has recorded a hit in all seven games since Allen Craig was traded. Taveras has also tallied six RBI in those seven games.— Drew Silva (@drewsilv) August 8, 2014
Tomorrow, the Cardinals land in Baltimore to take on the Orioles. Justin Masterson faces Chris Tillman in game one of the interleague series. First pitch at 6:05 Central.