Adam Wainwright has done it all this season for the St. Louis Cardinals. He led the league in wins, starts, complete games, shutouts, and innings pitched. He also started a seven run rally in the bottom half of the third inning off A.J. Burnett, as the St. Louis Cardinals took game one of the National League Division Series against the Pittsburgh Pirates with a 9-1 victory.
Wainwright worked the count and started the third inning with a walk. Matt Carpenter followed with a single. Carlos Beltran then tied Babe Ruth with his 15th career postseason home run to make it 3-0. That was just the start of it. Matt Holliday followed with a double to right. Matt Adams was hit with a pitch and Yadier Molina walked to load the bases. Jon Jay followed with a walk of his own to make it 4-0. David Freese would put the game out of reach with a single to right. Two runs would score and Marlon Byrd‘s error allowed another run to score as well.
The Pirates would get their only run in the fifth, when Pedro Alvarez blasted a home run to right. The Cardinals would get that run right back of Jeanmar Gomez. Jay walked and Freese singled. Clint Barmes‘ throwing error on a possible double play ball allowed Jay to score.
The Cardinals would add one final run in the sixth when Adams walked and scored on Molina’s double that was aided by an error by Andrew McCutchen.
Besides starting a rally, Wainwright went seven innings, giving up only the Alvarez home run and striking out nine and is the player of the game.