Jhonny Peralta blasted a pair of home runs as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 7-0 in the finale of their three game series at Busch Stadium Sunday afternoon. Peralta’s homers woke up a Cardinals offense that had scored just ten runs in the team’s last seven games. He finished 2-for-2 with four RBI and a walk in the victory. Adam Wainwright bounced back from an injury scare in his last start and struck out seven over eight shutout frames to improve to 5-1 this season. The outing by the Cardinals ace left an impression on both his manager and his counterpart, Edinson Volquez.
“He was the same guy we’ve seen all season,” said Cardinals manager Mike Matheny. “He’s an absolute joy to watch and we actually got big hits today and gave him a little room to breathe.”
Wainwright left his last start after seven innings after suffering a hyper extended right knee. He says he’s enjoying pitching this season.
“I’m getting results obviously, but I’m really having more fun pitching than I ever have,” Wainwright said. “It’s such a chess match for me right now, I feel like I’m right where I want to be so I’m going to work extra hard to stay there and not get complacent about it.”
Volquez was saddled with the loss for Pittsburgh after allowing six runs in five and two-third innings of work. After the game he praised Wainwright.
He’s unbelievable,” Volquez said. “He’s a superstar.”
The Cardinals (14-12) open a three-game series against the division leading Milwaukee Brewers (18-7) Monday night at Busch. Yovani Gallardo (2-0, 1.42 ERA) will be on the mound for the Brew crew while the Redbirds send Michael Wacha (2-2. 2.10 ERA) to the mound in the series opener. First pitch from Busch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CT.