Cardinal All-Star Adam has more to smile about
Posted: Monday, July 5, 2010 4:44 pm
By: By The Associated Press
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Adam Wainwright abandoned his game face when St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa informed the right-hander he was a first-time All-Star.
But not for long.
“I was grinning. You can’t not grin unless your Albert Pujols and you do it every year,” Wainwright said. “I knew I had to pitch, but I think it’s all right to be excited about it.”
Wainwright threw a five-hitter and hit a three-run double off fellow first-time All-Star Yovani Gallardo, who left in the third inning with a side injury, and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-1 Sunday.
“I think that shows you his powers of concentration,” La Russa said. “That could be distracting. It’s a big day, but he had a job to do and zeroed in.”
Wainwright’s double was the big hit in a five-run third as the Cardinals capitalized on consecutive fielding errors by shortstop Alcides Escobar. Gallardo (8-4) was hurt on the second pitch to the next hitter, Tyler Greene, clutching his side and then departing after visiting with a trainer.
Gallardo will be examined today in Milwaukee by team physician Dr. William Raasch.
Wainwright is 9-0 with a 1.43 ERA in nine starts with three complete games, including a two-hit shutout over the Brewers on June 4.
Marlins 3, Braves 2
ATLANTA (AP) — Dan Uggla hit a homer and drove in all three Florida runs, while Ricky Nolasco pitched seven strong innings for the Marlins.
Uggla was left off the All-Star roster as Phillies manager Charlie Manuel instead selected Braves utility infielder Omar Infantes.
Reds 14, Cubs 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Drew Stubbs belted three of the Cincinnati Reds’ season-high seven home runs to lead a 14-3 romp over the Chicago Cubs.
The hot-hitting Reds took advantage of a 20-mph gusts to hit four of the homers during an eight-run seventh inning, all coming after Cubs starter Ted Lilly retired the first two batters.
Brandon Phillips began the barrage with a solo shot to left, and Jonny Gomes chased Lilly (3-7) with a two-run homer. Jeff Stevens came on in relief and surrendered a solo home run to Corky Miller, and after back-to-back walks, Stubbs went deep for the second time in the game.
Stubbs also hit a solo home run in the third inning and another solo shot in the ninth, the first multihomer game for him. He has 11 home runs on the season.
“They were having fun, for sure,” Lilly said. “I think we did our part to help them from a pitching standpoint. On the same token you have to give them credit, they didn’t miss too many pitches left over the plate.”
Mike Leake (6-1) picked up the victory for Cincinnati, allowing three runs in six innings to win for the first time since June 5 against Washington. Three relievers combined to pitch three perfect innings and finish it off.