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Adam Wainwright: ‘I didn’t show [Red Sox] anything’

10.24.13 at 12:10 pm ET
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Adam Wainwright believes in looking for positives after he and his Cardinals teammates were shellshocked in an 8-1 loss to the Red Sox in Game 1 of the World Series.

Wainwright, who was dominant in two wins over the Pirates in the NLDS, allowed five runs – three earned over five innings Wednesday night at Fenway. But it was how shaky the ace looked on the Fenway mound that left the most jarring impression among the millions watching.

Nothing symbolized the night Wainright had then when he let Stephen Drew‘s pop up fall in front of him in the second inning after calling off his catcher, Yadier Molina.

“That’s my ball. I called it,” Wainwright said. “Then I waited for someone else to take charge and that’s not the way you play baseball, completely my error.”

From the walk he issued to Jacoby Ellsbury, the first batter he faced, the right-hander knew he didn’t have it. It set the stage for a nightmarish first inning, featuring the first of two errors from Pete Kozma.

“It was difficult from the first pitch on, unfortunately,” Wainwright said. “My delivery was completely out of sync from the start. Very uncharacteristically I was unable to make an adjustment on the fly. Next time will be different. I’m very confident in this team to get me back the ball again. The good thing about the start is I didn’t show them anything I had. Everything I threw was pretty garbage. They didn’t really see much out of me.

“Felt very out of sync tonight, unfortunately. It’s something that usually I can make adjustments on the fly a lot quicker than I did tonight. It’s pretty disappointing to do that on this stage.”

While acknowledging just how good the Red Sox are at working counts, Wainwright was downright disgusted that he didn’t make life harder on the Boston lineup. He promised that things will be different again the next time, a next time he’s confident will come for him in this World Series.

“I pointed out quite of few things in my delivery that were close to being horrible and I’ll make some adjustments and be ready for the next start,” Wainwright said.

“I didn’t make it real tough on them, to be honest with you. I threw a lot of balls out of the zone, no contest pitches and a lot of pitches up in the zone for them to hit. It’s kind of a perfect storm of pitching right there. Leave balls up and throw balls wildly out of the zone where they can’t offer or leave balls over the middle, you’re going to get hit.”

Wainwright’s confidence going forward is based in the Game 2 starter, rookie Michael Wacha, who is 3-0 with a 0.43 ERA in three postseason starts this month.

“I’m very confident in Mikey. We all believe in his ability. We all know and trust what he can do out there. He’s done it all postseason long. He doesn’t need to do anything different. He’s been great thus far just being himself and that’s what we expect [Thursday].”

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