It wasn't until the ninth inning that Washington managed to get a base hit out of the infield against Adam Wainwright. It didn't matter. The Cardinals' ace raced through the Washington Nationals' lineup on a chilly night as his teammates feasted on the error-prone Nats for an 8-0 victory at Nationals Park. Wainwright pitched the fourth shutout of the 2014 season and struck out eight on his way to the 110-pitch complete game. The complete game was the 17th of his career. He allowed two hits. One was a line-drive single in the ninth inning, and the other was a Baltimore chop that he tried to barehand in the second inning. Wainwright, at one point, retired 18 consecutive Nationals. Matt Adams had three RBIs. Matt Holliday had two. The Nats had four errors in the box score. They had more than that in reality. *** Wainwright near-flawless as Adams' three RBIs lead routs The Cardinals chased Nats starter Taylor Jordan from the game in the sixth inning. The Nationals' defense just made it easier for him to leave. Playing like a sieve behind him, the Nats have committed three errors on the scoreboard and at least that many plays not made that won't appear in the box score. At one point in the top of the sixth inning, reliever Blake Treinen was late to cover the plate on a wild pitch and catcher Jose Lobaton just shovel-passed the ball to ... no one. The Cardinals didn't take advantage as the ball rolled to first base. They would go on to score the runs anyway. Matt Adams looped a two-run single to center field to put the Cardinals ahead 7-0 through six innings. Five of the runs were earned against Jordan. Adams has three RBIs. Adam Wainwright has allowed one hit through six innings. He has retired 13 consecutive headed into the bottom of the seventh. And there's another run. Kolten Wong hits a 76-hopper up the middle between the two Nationals middle infielders, each of whom has an error this evening. That single scores Jon Jay for his second run of the evening. Jay has been on base all four times he's come to the plate, once before of an error. Wainwright is one-for-two with a walk. He's batting .375 so far this season, the season he insists will end with a Silver Slugger Award.
Wainwright, Cardinals shut out bungling Nats
St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Apr 18