St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Wainwright got the St. Louis
Cardinals' quest for a third straight trip to National League Championship
Series off to an excellent start, as the staff ace turned in seven brilliant
innings to lead the way in a 9-1 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of
the Division Series from Busch Stadium.
Backed by a seven-run bottom of the third in which eight consecutive Cardinals
reached base, Wainwright (1-0) permitted just three hits and struck out nine
in a dominant seven-inning stint for the NL Central champions. The All-Star
hurler's only blemish came when Pedro Alvarez belted a solo home run to lead
off the top of the fifth.
St. Louis, which ended the regular season on a six-game win streak to hold off
the upstart Pirates for the division crown and edge Atlanta for the NL's best
record, received big efforts from two other proven postseason performers.
Carlos Beltran socked a three-run homer off A.J. Burnett during the third-
inning barrage, while 2011 World Series MVP David Freese went 2-for-4 with a
Pittsburgh, on the other hand, showed its inexperience in just its second
playoff game since 1992. The Pirates committed three errors, mustered a mere
four hits and received an ineffective effort from Burnett (0-1). The veteran
righty walked four and hit a batter in addition to surrendering six hits and
letting up seven runs in only two-plus innings of work.
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