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A dozen strikeouts for Wainwright not enough

Adam Wainwright pitched a great game for the St. Louis Cardinals against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night, but great wasn’t great enough.

Adam Wainwright (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)It was a most disappointing outing for St. Louis Cardinals right-handed starting pitcher Adam Wainwright in San Diego on Tuesday night. The 28-year-old allowed just four base hits in seven innings, yet took the 1-0 loss.

Wainwright looked almost unhittable, fanning a career-high-tying 12 Padres, including their best hitter, Adrian Gonzalez, three times. Yet a solo home run to journeyman Jerry Hairston in the second inning was the difference-maker as the Cardinals quiet offense allowed no wiggle room whatsoever.

It was the 64th 12-or-more strikeout performance by a Cardinal since 1952. (See complete list below.) Hall of Famer Bob Gibson has almost half of them with 30. Wainwright became the eighth St. Louis pitcher to have multiple 12 K games during that time.

Since 1952 12 K games
Bob Gibson 30
Steve Carlton 7
Sam Jones 5
Adam Wainwright 2
Andy Benes 2
Chris Carpenter 2
Ernie Broglio 2
Todd Stottlemyre 2

Oddly, Wainwright didn’t get the win in his other 12-strikeout game, either. He received a no-decision after yielding just one run in nine innings against the San Francisco Giants last July 1. The Cardinals went on to win that game in ten innings.

The last time a Cardinal pitcher had 13 strikeouts was almost four years ago when Chris Carpenter did it on June 13, 2006. Others prior to that were Matt Morris on 9/19/2001, Todd Stottlemyre twice, on 5/11/1998 and 5/15/1996 and Gibson who had 14 on 8/30/1972.

Other than Wainwright, Gibson is the only Cardinal pitcher to strike out 12 Padres. He did it three times: 8/12/1970 (13 K-14 IP), 6/17/1970 (13 K), 7/30/1969 (13 K). Gibby won all three games, a much better outcome than the Cardinals suffered on Tuesday.

Wainwright’s outing was the 31st time in MLB history that a pitcher has allowed one run with 12 or more strikeouts and lost the game. Two of those were by Arizona’s Randy Johnson within a ten-day span against the Cardinals in 1999. Both times, The Big Unit came up short compared to St. Louis’ Jose Jimenez, who tossed a no-hitter and two-hitter those days.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, 12 or more strikeouts, game, 1952-current

Pitcher Date DH Opp Rslt App,Dec IP H R ER BB SO HR
Adam Wainwright 5/25/2010 SDP L 0-1 GS-7 ,L 7 4 1 1 1 12 1
Adam Wainwright 7/1/2009 SFG W 2-1 GS-9 9 6 1 1 3 12 0
Chris Carpenter 6/13/2006 PIT W 2-1 GS-7 ,W 7 3 0 0 3 13 0
Mark Mulder 5/9/2005 LAD W 4-2 GS-7 ,W 7 5 1 1 2 12 0
Chris Carpenter 4/27/2005 MIL W 6-3 GS-8 ,W 7.2 8 3 3 0 12 1
Chuck Finley 9/1/2002 CHC L 4-5 GS-8 ,L 7 5 5 5 5 12 1
Matt Morris 9/19/2001 MIL W 8-2 GS-7 ,W 7 5 1 1 1 13 1
Todd Stottlemyre 5/11/1998 MIL W 7-0 GS-8 ,W 8 2 0 0 0 13 0
Andy Benes 7/12/1997 CHC W 2-1 GS-9 9 5 1 1 2 12 1
Andy Benes 5/24/1997 SFG W 9-3 GS-7 ,W 7 5 2 2 2 12 0
Todd Stottlemyre 5/15/1996 FLA W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 2 13 0
Jose DeLeon 9/6/1988 MON W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 12 0
Pete Vuckovich 6/3/1979 LAD W 6-4 CG 9 ,W 9 7 4 4 1 12 2
Bob Gibson 4/7/1975 MON L 4-8 GS-8 ,L 8 9 5 5 5 12 0
Al Santorini 9/27/1972 NYM W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 6 0 0 4 12 0
Bob Gibson 8/30/1972 SFG L 2-3 CG 9 ,L 9 6 3 3 2 14 0
Bob Gibson 7/17/1972 HOU W 3-2 CG 9 ,W 9 9 2 2 1 13 0
Scipio Spinks 6/25/1972 1 NYM W 7-1 CG 9 ,W 9 6 1 1 6 13 0
Bob Gibson 8/28/1971 CIN W 4-0 SHO9 ,W 9 3 0 0 1 13 0
Steve Carlton 6/22/1971 LAD W 6-5 CG 9 ,W 9 6 5 5 4 12 0
Bob Gibson 8/12/1970 SDP W 5-4 CG 14 ,W 14 13 4 4 2 13 1
Bob Gibson 6/17/1970 SDP W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 2 13 0
Bob Gibson 5/23/1970 PHI W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9 4 1 1 1 16 0
Steve Carlton 5/21/1970 PHI L 3-4 GS-8 8 9 3 3 2 16 1
Bob Gibson 4/26/1970 CIN W 4-1 CG 9 ,W 9 5 1 1 2 15 0
Steve Carlton 9/15/1969 NYM L 3-4 CG 9 ,L 9 9 4 4 2 19 2
Bob Gibson 7/30/1969 SDP W 5-2 CG 9 ,W 9 5 2 2 1 13 0
Steve Carlton 7/16/1969 PHI W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 4 12 0
Steve Carlton 6/27/1969 CHC W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9 10 1 1 2 12 0
Steve Carlton 6/8/1969 HOU L 1-2 GS-10 10 6 1 1 6 12 0
Bob Gibson 8/28/1968 PIT W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 3 14 0
Bob Gibson 8/24/1968 PIT L 4-6 CG 9 ,L 9 6 6 3 2 15 1
Bob Gibson 7/21/1968 1 NYM W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 7 0 0 0 13 0
Bob Gibson 6/15/1968 CIN W 2-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 0 13 0
Steve Carlton 9/20/1967 PHI L 1-3 CG 8 ,L 8 8 3 3 3 16 0
Bob Gibson 7/3/1967 CIN W 7-3 GS-8 ,W 7.2 6 3 2 1 12 1
Dick Hughes 5/30/1967 CIN L 1-2 CG 8 ,L 8 3 2 2 1 13 0
Bob Gibson 5/29/1967 1 CIN W 2-1 CG 11 ,W 11 6 1 1 3 12 0
Bob Gibson 5/2/1967 CIN W 5-0 SHO9 ,W 9 2 0 0 2 12 0
Bob Gibson 4/11/1967 SFG W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 0 13 0
Bob Gibson 6/7/1966 PIT L 1-9 GS-8 ,L 7 11 5 5 1 12 0
Bob Gibson 5/6/1966 SFG L 2-4 CG 9 ,L 9 3 4 3 2 14 1
Ray Sadecki 9/8/1965 PIT L 1-2 GS-7 ,L 7 7 2 2 0 13 0
Bob Gibson 7/7/1965 SFG L 2-4 CG 13 ,L 13 11 4 4 3 12 1
Bob Gibson 7/2/1965 NYM W 6-3 CG 9 ,W 9 7 3 3 4 13 1
Bob Gibson 6/27/1965 1 CHC W 8-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 2 12 0
Bob Gibson 9/15/1964 2 MLN W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9 4 1 1 4 12 0
Bob Gibson 8/24/1964 PIT W 5-1 CG 9 ,W 9 6 1 1 2 12 0
Bob Gibson 5/20/1964 CHC W 1-0 SHO9 ,W 9 4 0 0 0 12 0
Bob Gibson 8/23/1963 HOU W 4-1 CG 9 ,W 9 5 1 1 1 12 0
Bob Gibson 7/17/1963 CIN W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9 5 1 1 4 12 0
Bob Gibson 6/28/1963 HOU W 9-2 CG 9 ,W 9 6 2 2 2 13 0
Bob Gibson 7/18/1962 CHC W 2-1 CG 9 ,W 9 3 1 1 1 12 1
Bob Gibson 6/13/1962 PHI W 6-1 CG 9 ,W 9 9 1 1 2 12 0
Ernie Broglio 7/29/1960 PHI W 3-0 SHO9 ,W 9 5 0 0 1 12 0
Ernie Broglio 7/15/1960 CHC W 6-0 SHO9 ,W 9 1 0 0 2 14 0
Sam Jones 8/30/1958 CHC L 1-3 CG 10 ,L 10 9 3 3 1 13 1
Sam Jones 8/22/1958 PHI W 9-1 CG 9 ,W 9 3 1 1 3 14 1
Larry Jackson 8/4/1958 LAD W 3-2 CG 9 ,W 9 5 2 1 1 12 0
Sam Jones 7/20/1958 CIN W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9 7 1 1 1 12 0
Sam Jones 6/6/1958 PHI W 3-1 CG 9 ,W 9 7 1 1 3 12 0
Sam Jones 7/17/1957 BRO W 7-3 CG 9 ,W 9 10 3 2 1 12 1
Herm Wehmeier 5/2/1957 BRO W 3-2 GS-12 12 9 2 2 4 12 0
Harvey Haddix 4/29/1954 PIT L 3-4 8.2 9 4 4 5 13 0

As always, a special thanks to Tom Orf for his research included above.

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