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.