Wainwright struggles to find his form in Series opener
OCT 24, 2013 12:36a ET
The Boston Red Sox refused to chase his swooping curveball, took advantage when the right-hander let a popup fall in front of the mound for a hit in the second inning and went on to beat the Cardinals 8-1 on Wednesday night.
Wainwright started off the second by getting Stephen Drew to hit a high pop in front of the mound, and he raised his hands as if signaling that he would catch it. Instead, Wainwright let the ball drop between him and catcher Yadier Molina, a fellow Gold Glove winner, for a single that started a two-run inning that opened a 5-0 lead.
"Tonight was a clear case of our starting pitching, being me, going out there and setting the wrong tone. That second inning completely (changes) if I catch the ball.
A 19-game winner in the regular season, Wainwright threw 60 pitches through two innings. He looked more like an ace after that but left after the fifth, trailing 5-0 and having thrown 95 pitches through.
Wainwright allowed just one hit in his last three innings but, by then, it was too late.
"He did get better as he went," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said.
Wainwright allowed three earned runs in his shortest stint in his last 10 games. He was 6-1 in his previous eight starts with the only loss coming in Game 3 of the NL championship series when he gave up two runs in seven innings of a 3-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"The good news is, I didn't show them anything I had. Everything I threw tonight was pretty much garbage," Wainwright added.