Adam Wainwright could do nothing but watch Wednesday night as the Giants put a 15-0 whipping on the St. Louis Cardinals. On Thursday, he made certain it didn’t happen again.
Wainwright scattered five hits over seven innings and limited the Giants to only one run in pitching the Cardinals to a 3-1 victory less than 18 hours after one of the most lopsided shutout losses in St. Louis franchise history.
“If there’s a challenge out there, not that you need more motivation, but it allows you to focus a little bit more and focus in on exactly what your task is,” Wainwright said.
The only run Wainwright allowed came in the fifth, when the Giants loaded the bases with one out on singles by Joaquin Arias and pitcher Madison Bumgarner and a walk to Angel Pagan. Marco Scutaro delivered a sacrifice fly to score Arias, but Wainwright then got out of the inning by retiring Melky Cabrera on a pop to short.
“He threw well,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said of Wainwright. “I was hoping Scutaro’s ball would get heavy there and drop in for us. [Center fielder Jon] Jay made a nice play on it. That was probably the turning point of the game.”
The Cardinals gave Wainwright all the runs he would need in the first inning when Jay led off with a single and two batters later Carlos Beltran, who finished the season with the Giants last year, connected on an inside pitch for his 27th home run. The RBIs increased Beltran’s NL-leading total to 80.
“I guess I threw too many pitches in a row in there,” Bumgarner said. “It was pretty much where I wanted to throw it, I didn’t think he would keep it fair, but he did.”
Bumgarner fell to 12-7 for the season despite allowing only three hits in his six innings of work.
NOTE: San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval was eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, but instead will report to Class A San Jose today for a short rehab assignment. The Giants hope he can be activated either Sunday or Monday.