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Wainwright struggled early, Cards lose to Cubs 4-2

2013-06-18T17:06:00Z 2013-06-18T21:56:05Z Wainwright struggled early, Cards lose to Cubs 4-2BY BRENDAN MEYER bmeyer@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8513 stltoday.com

The Cardinals were only able to manager one run off of Cubs' starter Jeff Samardzija on Tuesday, losing 4-2 in the second game of their four game series. 

Adam Wainwright (10-4) got the loss after giving up four runs in the first inning. With two outs, he gave up back-to-back doubles to Nate Schierholtz and Alfonso Soriano, and back-to-back home runs to Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ransom. Wainwright settled down after the inning, but it was too late. 

Samardzija lasted 8.1 innings, giving up seven hits, and striking out six. The lone run he surrendered was in the sixth inning, when Carlos Beltran lined his 17th home run off of the right field foul poll. 

He was relieved in the ninth for Kevin Gregg when he gave up singles to Matt Holliday and Allen Craig with one out in the game. Yadier Molina was next, and he singled to right, scoring Holliday to cut the deficit to 4-2.

David Freese was next, but he hit in to his third double-play of the game to end it the rally for the Cardinals. It was an odd double-play though, as Shane Robinson was called for interference on as he slid in to the shortstop.

Tomorrow, Jake Westbrook (2-2, 2.05 ERA) faces former Cardinals' pitcher Edwin Jackson (3-8, 5.40 ERA) at 7:15 p.m.

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The Cardinals are finally on the board. 

With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Carlos Beltran lined a home run off the right field foul poll. The home run was his 17th of the season, and has cut the lead to 4-1.

In the fifth inning, Yadier Molina was hit by a pitch that was thrown high and inside. 

Adam Wainwright has settled down since his shaky first inning, only allowing two base runners, while Samardzija has faired just as well.

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Adam Wainwright has settled down since his four-run first inning, as the score remains 4-0 through three innings. 

The Cardinals have two hits so far, a double from Carlos Beltran and a single from Yadier Molina.

Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija has one strikeout on 33 pitches thrown. 

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The Cubs are on the board early, as Adam Wainwright's struggles against the Northsiders have once again surfaced. 

The Cardinals' ace gave up back-to-back doubles to Nate Schierholtz and Alfonso Soriano, then gave up back-to-back home runs to Ryan Sweeney and Cody Ransom to make it a 4-0 game in the top of the first. 

Wainwright struggled against the Cubs last season, going 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in four starts, and was 6-5 with a 4.46 ERA in his career coming in to tonight.

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Fresh off his physical and with a $1.785 million signing bonus, the Cardinals announced that they have officially signed first-round pick Rob Kaminsky. 

Drafted No. 28 overall, the left-hander out of St. Joseph Regional HS in N.J. had a 9-0 record with 118 strikeouts in his senior season. He was named the Gatorade New Jersey High School Player of the Year for the second straight season, and was ranked No. 21 in Baseball America's top 500 prospects. 

The 6-foot, 188-pound prep star features a fastball ranging from 89-92 mph that can reach 94, along with a killer breaking ball. 

"He throws a nasty, downer curveball, a present plus pitch and arguably the best among high school pitchers in the class," his scouting report said on BA. "He also shows feel for a changeup that projects to be at least average."

The scouting report continues, claiming that he was the "most advanced arm in the prep class."

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Adam Wainwright is the epitome of pitching, according to his manager.

Before tonight's game against the Cubs, Mike Matheny gushed about his ace, who goes for his MLB-leading 11th win tonight. 

"He’s able to control all of his pitches for strikes, span the zone," Matheny said. "I mean, it’s textbook. It’s very impressive."

Wainwright is tied with St. Louis native and Tigers' pitcher Max Scherzer in wins with 10, and ranks fourth in the NL with a 2.18 ERA. In his career against the Cubs, Wainwright is 6-5 with a 4.46 ERA. He struggled against the Northsiders last season, going 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA in four starts.

His counterpart tonight, Jeff Samardzija, hasn't fared much better against the Cards, sporting a 3-2 record and a 4.95 ERA in his career. This season, Samardzija has a 3-7 record and a 3.46 ERA.

It sounds a bit obvious, but if both pitchers want to go deep into the game tonight, they should note why Shelby Miller only lasted five innings last night. Part of the reason why Miller left the game with cramps in his leg was due to dehydration.

With the summer heat and humidity quickly arriving in St. Louis, Matheny addressed the  issue before the game, remembering as a catcher just how difficult it was to not let the heat affect his play. 

"It’s tough here. I didn’t realize exactly how hard it was until I remember going out to San Francisco (Giants) and coming back here right in the middle of the summer," Matheny said. "You could hardly breathe. 

"In the old stadium, I didn’t get to watch a good portion of the game because I was back there trying to get my body temperature down. I could feel myself overheating, and they keep a bucket of ammonia water and ice, and stick my head in there if I had to. We kept cold towels. Usually the starting pitcher and myself would be back there, and we would have somebody in between giving us an audio update of what was going on."

Here are the lineups for tonight's game...

CARDINALS

1. Carpenter, 2B

2. Beltran, RF

3. Holliday, LF

4. Craig, 1B

5. Molina, C

6. Freese, 3B

7. Jay, CF

8. Kozma, SS

9. Wainwright, P

Cubs

1. Valbuena, 3B

2. Castro, SS

3. Schierholtz, RF

4. Soriano, LF

5. Sweeney, CF

6. Ransom, 1B

7. Castillo, C

8. Barney, 2B

9. Samardzija, P

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