Starting pitching is alive and well this October.
Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals and the Braves' Mike Soroka battled in an epic pitchers' duel during Game 3 of the NLDS that had fans biting their nails at Busch Stadium on Sunday.
Wainwright dazzled with a vintage 120-pitch performance. The 38-year-old allowed just four hits and two walks while striking out eight over his 7 2/3 innings, only departing after appearing to run out of gas when he loaded the bases in the eighth. Andrew Miller got Freddie Freeman to fly out, ending the threat and preserving what was then a 1-0 Cardinals lead. The Cardinals would later relinquish that lead and lose 3-1.
Wainwright's gem put him in rare company.