SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Put Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez and Yairo Munoz in a Springfield uniform on the same day and good things will happen.
Sunday, they did. And it didn’t take long.
Wainwright tossed two scoreless innings in a rehab start, Martinez threw a shutout inning in relief and Munoz doubled and scored in a rain-shorted 2-0 Cardinals win over the Hooks called official after 4.5 innings in front of a sellout crowd of 6,864.
The game opened in a rain delay and ended in one. In total, Sunday saw two hours and 19 minutes of delay and just one hour and 12 minutes of game time. The 2-0 score became an official game due to the home team leading after 4.5 innings of play.
The difference was a two-run Johan Mieses homer in the bottom of the fourth that immediately followed Munoz doubling to the wall in left. It was Mieses’s second home run in as many games after hitting a two-run walk-off shot Saturday night.
ST. LOUIS INVASION
Martinez began his rehab assignment in Springfield on Friday and Munoz on Saturday. Wainwright joined the pair today as the trio works their way back to St. Louis.
“It was good,” Wainwright said after exiting. “Commanded the ball a little better than last time [in Palm Beach]. My breaking stuff was good. I’ve got to hone in my heater a little bit, but my arm felt great. I love pitching. I love getting out there and competing.”
Wainwright struckout four Hooks and allowed a single hit in the first. Martinez struckout one over his inning of work. Munoz finished the day 1-for-2 after going 0-for-3 on Saturday.
The Cardinals are off Monday before kicking off a seven-game road trip on Tuesday at Northwest Arkansas, the first of a four-game series.