Wainwright, Cards blank PadresMay 23, 2012 - 5:38 AM
Wainwright (3-5) tossed his last shutout on August 6, 2010 against the Marlins before missing all of last season when he underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in February of 2011.
"I think that all of the emotion came from just knowing it's been over a year since I've done that, since I've really felt locked in on the mound like that," remarked Wainwright. "Mentally, on the mound tonight, I was so much better than I have been."
The 30-year-old righty fanned a season-high nine batters on Tuesday and issued just one walk to give the Cardinals their first shutout of the year and second win in as many nights.
Carlos Beltran knocked in two runs and Matt Holliday added two hits, an RBI and a run scored for St. Louis.
Edinson Volquez (2-4) absorbed the loss after yielding three runs on five hits and four walks in six frames. The right-hander recorded one of the Padres' four hits as they fell for the fifth time in their last six tries against St. Louis.
"We had a plan going in," said Padres manager Bud Black about facing Wainwright. "We knew that this guy attacks, he goes at you. But he kept the ball on the corner and he got in on us. We just couldn't generate anything."
The Cardinals got on the board in the first as Matt Carpenter scorched a one- out double, but was in obvious pain as he exited the batter's box. He left the game with tightness on his right side as pinch-runner Daniel Descalso entered.
Descalso quickly moved to third on a groundout before scoring on Beltran's RBI single to left to give St. Louis a 1-0 lead.
Descalso was then hit by a pitch to start the sixth and moved to third on a single from Holliday before scoring on Beltran's fielder's choice to give the Cardinals a two-run edge.
A walk to Yadier Molina then loaded the bases and Tyler Greene made it a 3-0 contest two batters later with a ground out to shortstop.
St. Louis added a run in the seventh as Rafael Furcal walked to start the frame, moved to second on a groundout and came around to score on a double off the bat of Holliday.
Volquez dropped to 1-4 in seven career starts against St. Louis...San Diego left four men on base and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position...St. Louis finished 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.
- SAN DIEGO: 0
ST. LOUIS: 4
May 22 10:53 PM
- Carlos Beltran intentionally walked. Runners on first and second with one out and Yadier Molina due up.
Padres 0, Cardinals 4 Bot 7, 1 OutMay 22 10:22 PM
- Tyler Greene grounded into a fielder's choice, short to second scored Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina out at second, and Carlos Beltran advances to third with two out. Runners on first and third and Adron Chambers due up.
Padres 0, Cardinals 3 Bot 6, 2 OutsMay 22 10:02 PM
- Carlos Beltran grounded into a fielder's choice scored Daniel Descalso with none out. On the play, Matt Holliday advances to second. Runners on first and second and Yadier Molina due up.
Padres 0, Cardinals 2 Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 22 9:51 PM
- Carlos Beltran singled to right scoring Daniel Descalso with two out. Runner on first and Yadier Molina due up.
Padres 0, Cardinals 1 Bot 1, 2 OutsMay 22 8:30 PM
- SAN DIEGO: 0
ST. LOUIS: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 22 8:16 PM
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