(ST. LOUIS) — Once again Cardinals rookie starting pitcher Michael Wacha performed well in the playoffs.
Wacha matches Bob Gibson as the only Cardinals pitcher to strikeout eight batters while allowing one run or less in back-to-back playoff games as Wacha leads the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the National League.
The Cardinals now lead the best-of-seven series, 2-0.
“He’s a special, special person and an unbelievable talent,” Cardinals third baseman David Freese said when talking about Wacha’s success. “He’s just a confident guy. Him and Yadi (Yadier Molina) work so well together. It’s unbelievable to watch.”
Wacha got himself into a bases-loaded jam with one out in the sixth inning, but struck out Yasiel Puig and Juan Uribe to get out of the inning and perserve the shutout.
Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw was pretty good as well. Kershaw pitched six innings allowing two hits, one unearned run, one walk and five strikeouts in the loss.
That one run came in the fifth inning. Freese hit a double and A.J Ellis’ passed ball allowed him to move to third. Jon Jay came up and hit a sacrifice fly to score the only run of the game.
The series now heads to Los Angeles. Game 3 is Monday, the Cardinals send Adam Wainwright to the mound to faceoff against Hyun-Jin Ryu.
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Jill Martin, CNN