May 20: Diamondbacks (18-29) 0, Cardinals (24-21) 5
Paul Goldschmidt’s double in the fourth was the only blemish against Adam Wainwright’s box score as he baffled the Diamondbacks in his one-hit complete-game shutout. The Cardinals topped Arizona 5-0 behind his dazzling start.
The Cardinals got all the runs they would need in the first inning on a Matt Adams two-run shot to center field. With two outs Adams sent a 1-0 curveball right back where it came from against Arizona starter Bronson Arroyo.
St. Louis cruised from there as its ace Wainwright was perfect through 3.2 innings before allowing a two-out double to Goldschmidt. That was all the Diamondbacks would get as Wainwright stayed perfect the rest of the way. He didn’t allow a single baserunner the rest of the way.
The Cardinals padded to their lead with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings. Jhonny Peralta doubled home Yadier Molina with two outs in the fourth. In the fifth, Matt Holliday singled home Kolten Wong on a sharp grounder to center. In the sixth, the Cardinals capped their scoring attack when Peralta belted a solo homer to center with two outs.
Wainwright set down the rest of the D-Backs in order to finish off his one-hit gem.
Holliday, Adams and Peralta each went 2-for-4 with one run scored in the balanced offensive attack.
Arroyo was decent in his start as he pitched through the seventh inning and gave up all five runs in the loss. He surrendered nine hits and struck out six in his third defeat of the season.
Wainwright lowered his earned run average to a minuscule 1.85 with his stifling nine innings of work. He threw 115 pitches – 86 for strikes.
Important things to note: The Cardinals scored all five of their runs with two outs … The D-Backs had just one baserunner in the entire game as Wainwright faced just one over the minimum (28) … Wainwright and company made the managerial team’s job easy in the 5-0 win as the squad did not have even one substitution in the game. With their starter going the distance and no substitutions offensively or defensively, the starting nine stayed in the game from start to finish.