Matt Holliday and Adam Wainwright powered the St. Louis Cardinals past the Chicago Cubs in a 1-0 shutout on Sunday as Tony La Russa was being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
Wainwright pitched seven strong innings Sunday afternoon. The staff ace allowed five hits, three walks, and three strikeouts. Along with the seven shutout innings, Wainwright now posts a 1.92 ERA. Wainwright’s 1.92 ERA is second in the National League to Clayton Kershaw’s 1.76 ERA.
With no one on base in the first inning, the Cardinals left fielder connected for his tenth home run of the season. The solo shot by Holliday was all that the Cardinals would need with their ace on the mound. Holliday connected for a single later on for his second hit of the game.
After having zero hits on Saturday, third baseman Matt Carpenter had three singles and raised his batting average to .284 on the season.
Kolten Wong, Oscar Taveras, Jhonny Peralta, and newly acquired catcher A.J. Pierzynski all had one hit a piece during the Sunday afternoon game.
As the Cardinals played the Cubs, the Hall of Fame ceremonies were taking place. La Russa was joined by Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Bobby Cox, Frank Thomas, and Joe Torre in the Class of 2014. La Russa’s 17-minute speech was ad-libbed.