ST. LOUIS (AP) Adam Wainwright lost the lead in the seventh, and then he lost his temper.
The St. Louis Cardinals ace strenuously objected to being pulled before Ian Kinsler’s go-ahead hit that helped the Texas Rangers complete a soggy three-game interleague sweep with a 2-1 victory Sunday night.
Hearing manager Mike Matheny’s assessment that he’d been “laboring” and that it had been “two pretty stressful innings in a row” got Wainwright even hotter.
“He’s wrong,” Wainwright said after missing a chance to become the National League’s first 11-game winner. “You don’t want to call your manager out and I would never do that. Laboring is not what I was doing.”
After noting Matheny was in charge and criticizing himself for allowing the tying hit, Wainwright (10-5) had more to say on the issue of fatigue. He gave up an earned run in 6 2/3 innings, ending a string of six straight outings of seven innings or longer during which he had gone 5-1.
“If you think I’m laboring because I went into deep counts, I went into deep counts all day,” Wainwright said. “Made good pitches. That’s his opinion.”
Wainwright said there was no use trying to persuade Matheny to leave him in the game, because the umpires had already been informed of a double switch. He struck out six and walked one.
“No amount of lobbying … I wasn’t going to stay in that game,” Wainwright said. “But I mean, no, I didn’t want to come out of that game. I felt I was as strong or stronger at the end than I was in the beginning.”
He wouldn’t say whether he confronted Matheny in the dugout.
“Even if I did, I would never tell y’all that,” Wainwright told reporters. “That’s something that stays in here.”