ATLANTA • Cardinals manager Mike Matheny withheld until today the official announcement of Adam Wainwright as his Game 1 starter Sunday against the Washington Nationals. However, club sources indicated that Wainwright and Jaime Garcia would start the afternoon games at Busch Stadium on Sunday and Monday, respectively.
The club is expected to name Chris Carpenter starter for Wednesday's Game 3 in Washington with Kyle Lohse scheduled to go in Game 4 on Thursday.
The Cardinals will also re-set their roster for the best-of-five series as they needed only 10 pitchers for Friday's wild-card playoff. It's likely they will pare several position players and one reliever from the mix.
Mitchell Boggs is one of several Georgia natives playing for the Cardinals. He was the only one on the field when the 21-minute interruption stemming from a controversial infield fly call occurred in the eighth inning.
Boggs remembers attending the Braves' 1999 NLCS clinching win over the New York Mets. He grew up a Braves fan in Dalton, located just across the state line from Chattanooga, Tenn. He had never seen anything like Friday's outburst.
"I could tell they were revved up for this," Boggs said of fan sentiment. "When Ross hit the home run they were dog-cussing the bullpen in the second inning. You could tell they were really emotionally invested in the game. Something like that happens, I can see how they would lose control a little bit. But I wasn't expecting that."
The infield fly became the second out Boggs secured. It also moved manager Mike Matheny to summon closer Jason Motte. Boggs, however, remained on the mound as debris rained from the upper deck in front of both dugouts and around the warning track.
"I wasn't really worried," he said. "If somebody can get a half-full water bottle out there, congrats to them. They've got a really good arm. It's one of those situations where you are focused on getting the game over with. But it was a shame that had to happen."