ST. LOUIS — Into the breach of injured Cardinals starters and tired relievers Monday night marched Adam Wainwright, two months short of 41 years. The 17-season veteran knew he was going to be on the mound for six or seven innings, for 100 or so pitches, no matter the score.
As long as he was going to be out there that long, Wainwright surely must have determined that there was no reason for the Miami Marlins to score.
Wainwright scattered seven hits over the first five innings. He also struck out seven in that time. Then he put the hammer down, retiring the final seven men he faced, By the time his night’s work was done after seven innings, Wainwright had a seven-run lead--and nine strikeouts.
When the Cardinals' 9-0 victory was complete, Wainwright, who had 101 pitches finally had career win No. 190 after five futile stabs at it. Charleston, Missouri native James Naile made his big-league debut at age 29 and worked a scoreless eighth, finishing it off with a double-play grounder to vacuum cleaner third baseman Nolan Arenado.
Three into two for Yepez
Rookie Juan Yepez, serving as the designated hitter for the second game in succession, homered for the second game in succession. In fact, he had two homers in this one.
His fourth-inning drive meant three runs.
Paul Goldschmidt singled for his second hit of the game to open the inning. After Arenado popped up, Nolan Gorman stopped a nothing-for-16 slide with a single.
Dylan Carlson hit a long foul to right before striking out. But Yepez didn’t let starter Pablo Lopez get away, drilling one off the Big Mac Land sign in front of the third deck.
Yepez, however, was not done. Facing left-hander Richard Bleier in the seventh with Carlson at second with a double, Yepez rocketed a 402-foot, two-run homer to left for his ninth home run of the season.