Saturday afternoon, Michael Wacha started his first regular season game since giving up the homerun that ended the Cardinals postseason.
At the time, some argued that Wacha was rushed back, and not fully recovered from the stress reaction that had kept him out about three months. So today, all eyes were on the young right-hander, and he put all doubts to rest.
Wacha started shaky in the first, giving up a solo home run to Todd Frazier, but that would be the only run allowed by Wacha as he settled in after that, finishing with a line of 6 1/3 innings pitched, five hits, 1 earned run, and striking out two en route to his first win of 2015. Wacha wouldn’t have been able to pick up the win if not for his offense though.
After the Frazier homer in the bottom of the first, the Cardinals would come back, as Kolten Wong hit a sac fly to tie the game in the top of the second. Things were then quiet until the fourth, when Matt Adams broke his slump with a homer to right field. Wacha and the bullpen shut down the Reds the rest of the way, with Trevor Rosenthal finishing the final 1 2/3 innings, picking up the save.
Matt Adams and Yadier Molina were a combined 0-19 with nine strikeouts before going a combined 4-8 with 2 RBI today.
Trevor Rosenthal in 2015: 2 2/3 innings pitched, zero hits, zero walks, 0 runs, five strikeouts, two saves