Wain­wright ‘fe­ro­cious’ in win

The Morning Call - - VARSITY -

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.”

JEFF ROBERSON/AP

Cardinals starter Adam Wain­wright al­lowed just four hits in seven score­less in­nings Mon­day.

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