(Sports Network) - The St. Louis Cardinals hope ace Adam Wainwright can right
himself when he takes the mound Saturday in the continuation of a three-game
series versus the Colorado Rockies at Busch Stadium.
Wainwright is 0-1 with a 5.11 earned run average in his last two starts and
was riding a personal four-game winning streak. The right-hander did not
figure into the decision of a 7-6 win at Milwaukee last Saturday and allowed a
season-high five runs and 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings, a season-low.
He is still a solid 4-2 in seven starts with a 2.72 ERA. In nine career
meetings (5 starts) with Colorado, Wainwright is 4-1 with a 1.45 ERA.
Wainwright may be successful Saturday if he pitches half as well as rookie
Shelby Miller did in Friday's 3-0 win over the Rockies. Miller struck out 13
batters and was practically perfect, as he gave up just one hit through nine
innings. He did not walk a batter to push his record to 5-2.
After Eric Young singled to start the game, Miller took flight and retired the
next 27 hitters.
"It was definitely the best game I've thrown in my life," Miller admitted. "It
was unbelievable. It was a great experience."
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny was impressed.
"Just an unbelievable display of pitching," Matheny said. "He had pinpoint
control, he was hitting his spots. He had a feel for everything. It was pretty
The Cardinals' rotation is now 20-7 with the best ERA in the majors at 2.20.
Carlos Beltran went 2-for-4 with a solo home run for St. Louis, winners in
eight of its last nine games. The Cardinals also opened their 10-game
homestand on a positive note.
Colorado has lost three in a row and four of its last five games, and couldn't
find a way to solve Miller.
Young had the lone hit for the Rockies, while Troy Tulowitzki struck out three
times. Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez both whiffed twice in defeat and
starting pitcher Jon Garland surrendered all three runs in five innings to
absorb the loss.
"It was (Miller's) night. What could you do?" Garland asked.
Rockies outfielder Michael Cuddyer was not in the starting lineup Friday
because of a neck issue and is day-to-day. He is hitting .319 with seven
homers and 23 RBI this season.
"This is something I've dealt with since 2004," Cuddyer said. "When this
happens, it locks me up. I can't turn my neck and it makes it very difficult
Jhoulys Chacin will try to quiet the St. Louis bats when he takes the mound
for Colorado Saturday afternoon. Chacin is 3-1 with a 2.56 earned run average
in five starts and is coming off his first loss of the season. In an 8-3
setback to Tampa Bay on Sunday, he was hit for six runs, five of which were
earned, in a season-high seven innings.
Chacin, a right-hander, is 0-1 with an 8.00 ERA in two career games (1 start)
against the Cardinals.
The Rockies and Cardinals are meeting for the first time this season. St.
Louis won five of the seven matchups last season.
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