Cards RHP Wainwright walks 1st batter in 5th start

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright has walked a

batter for the first time this season, issuing a free pass to

Washington Nationals left fielder Bryce Harper.

The walk came with two outs in the sixth inning Tuesday night,

in Wainwright’s fifth start. He went 34 2-3 innings before throwing

four balls to a batter.

Citing the Elias Sports Bureau, the Cardinals said that the team

record for most innings to begin a season without a walk is 40, by

Slim Sallee in 1913.

Wainwright’s walk loaded the bases, but he struck out Adam

LaRoche to end the inning.