Poor Adam Wainwright.
In his best start this season, and one of his best starts in recent memory, the longtime Cardinal ace went seven innings (just the third quality start this season by a Cardinals starter) struck out ten batters, and allowed just one run on five hits.
And then the bullpen came in and blew the game.
Giovanny Gallegos allowed two runs, walked three batters, and the Nationals defeated the Cardinals 3-2 on Tuesday night.
With the Cardinals trailing 1-0 in the top of the seventh inning, Dylan Carlson, one of the biggest bright spots this season on the team, hit an RBI triple scoring Yadier Molina, who ran like the wind from first base, which then tied the game at 1-1. Austin Dean then hit an sacrifice fly to make it 2-1 St. Louis.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, All-Star shortstop Trea Turner hit an RBI single to tie the game at 2-2 for Washington. Yan Gomes then gave the Nationals a 3-2 lead, and Brad Hand closed it out in the top of the ninth.
The loss drops the Cardinals to 8-9 on the season.
It seems that, unless you’re Jack Flaherty, don’t expect much run support by the Cardinals offense.