Wainwright ‘ferocious’ in win
ST. LOUIS — Adam Wainwright decided to go to the tape.
The Cardinals righthander studied a few of his past performances in an effort to regain some of the aggression from earlier in his career.
It worked perfectly for the 38-year-old veteran.
Wainwright tossed seven scoreless innings and Kolten Wong delivered a run-scoring triple to lead the Cards to a 3-1 win over the Giants on Monday.
Paul DeJong had an RBI single for the Cards, who have won 10 of 12. They remain three games ahead of the Cubs in the NL Central with 25 games remaining.
Mauricio Dubon hit his first major league homer for the Giants, who have lost six of seven.
Wainwright (10-9) allowed four hits. He struck out one and didn’t walk a batter in a 96-pitch stint. Wainwright lowered his home ERA to 2.43.
He credited the video work for his strong outing,
“I tried to re-channel that focus that I used to have,” Wainwright said. “That attacking mentality that I used to have. I’ve sort of gotten away from that the last couple starts. Today, I wanted to attack. Go out and be me.”
Wainwright had the video crew pull highlights of his two best starts from each of the 2009, ’10, ’12, ’13 and ’14 seasons.
Suitably inspired, he went out and recorded his third scoreless start of the year — all of seven innings or more.
“He was a pitch-maker today,” Cards manager Mike Shildt said. “He’s always got the gas pedal down. He’s got a ferocious mindset.”
Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright allowed just four hits in seven scoreless innings Monday.