Adam Wainwright has nine strikeouts through five

Adam Wainwright is plowing through the Nationals order. He has nine strikeouts through five innings, eight of them on curveballs. Jayson Werth led off the inning with a single, the third time the Nationals have the leadoff hitter on. Bryce Harper had a good at-bat, fouling off two pitches, before missing on a curveball. Ryan Zimmerman couldn’t connect on a curveball either. Wainwright fell behind 0-2 on Adam LaRoche and couldn’t throw him a curveball, so he tossed a sinker, which he hit to first base for a ground out.¬†

Wainwright stands at 82 pitches and with a 2-1 lead. No one in the bullpen is stirring.

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