Atlanta is on the verge of clinching an NLCS berth.
The Braves and Cardinals were back at it this afternoon in St. Louis with Adam Wainwright and Mike Soroka set to face off on the mound.
The pace was breakneck all afternoon long, but especially in the first few innings as Soroka and Wainwright traded 1-2-3 innings to begin the game. However, Soroka was the first to fault after allowing a bloop double by Marcell Ozuna followed by a groundball which advanced Ozuna to third. The next batter was Matt Carpenter who has had a horrendous season, but he grabbed an offering from Soroka and sent it just deep enough to get Ozuna in for an early 1-0 lead.
Then the pace picked back up again as neither team was able to get any traction on a cold and dreary day at Busch Stadium. Dansby Swanson picked up the Braves first hit of the game, but Atlanta could do nothing with it.
Wainwright threw mostly curveballs all game long and the Braves did not adjust to that, instead getting under a lot of pitches for popups. When all was said and done Atlanta managed just three hits through 7.2 innings against Wainwright as he struck out eight batters before leaving due to high pitch count in the eighth.
Mike Soroka mixed his pitches beautifully and had the Cardinals guessing all day long (and Sam Holbrook too I’d say). Soroka went seven strong with just two hits allowed while striking out seven Cardinals.