Adam Wainwright & Memphis over the Zephyrs, 3-1

Wainwright one of the Cardinals Top 3 pitching prospects, pitched 7.1 shutout innings for Memphis in Thursdays 3-1 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs. <p> You could see Wainwright pitching in St. Louis before the season is over.

04/14/05 - Memphis, Tenn. – RHP Adam Wainwright pitched 7.1 shutout innings and 1B Chris Duncan and 3B Scott Seabol each hit solo home runs to give the Memphis Redbirds a 3-1 victory over the New Orleans Zephyrs in the homestand finale Thursday night at AutoZone Park.

Duncan hit a solo shot with one out in the second inning to give Memphis a 1-0 lead. Seabol added a solo shot with two outs in the sixth, and the Redbirds padded the lead with three consecutive singles from LF John Gall, Duncan, and 2B Mike Bell. Wainwright (1-0) did the rest, striking out six against one walk. He left with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth, but LHP Tyler Johnson came on and induced a double play grounder to get out of the jam. RHP Toby Borland pitched the ninth, allowing the only New Orleans run but earning the save. Duncan had three hits for the Redbirds and Seabol added two, breaking out of a 1x15 slump to start the season.

Adam Wainwright considered one of the Cardinals top 3 pitching prospects was originally selected by the Atlanta Braves in the first round (29th overall) of the June 2000 free-agent draft and quickly became their top prospect.

Acquired by the St. Louis Cardinals along with P Ray King and P Jason Marquis in exchange for OF J.D. Drew and OF Eli Marrero, December 13, 2003, may have been part of one of the best trades ever made by the 2004 National League Executive of the Year, Cardinals Vice-President and GM, Walt Jocketty.

The Cardinals considered making Wainwright a part of their bullpen, during spring training. Wainwright could see some playing time in St. Louis as early as this season.

The 24 year old 6'7" 205 righthander is signed through the 2005 season. Memphis (4-3) now travels to Oklahoma and New Orleans and returns home April 23 for an eight-game homestand against Omaha and Iowa. RHP Kevin Jarvis (0-0) is scheduled to kick off the Redbirds road trip with a 7:05 start Saturday in Oklahoma City; he will be opposed by RedHawks RHP Juan Dominguez (0-0).

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