Adam Wainwright allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings for the Cardinals in the postseason.
The one run he gave up was on a Jorge Soler homer in Game 3. Wainwright looked pretty sharp otherwise, and he pitched well over the final week of the regular season too. The veteran right-hander should be 100 percent heading into the start of spring training in 2016. He missed most of 2015 with a ruptured Achilles tendon.
Jason Hammel lasted just three innings but settled for a no-decision Tuesday in the Cubs' 6-4 NLDS Game 4 win over the Cardinals.
Hammel was behind in a hurry after allowing a leadoff single to Matt Carpenter and two-run homer to Stephen Piscotty. Manager Joe Maddon had a reliever warming up in the first inning and had a quick hook of Hammel after three. He then used seven relievers and they did a good enough job to keep the Cards in check. Hammel figures to start Game 4 of the NLCS against the Mets or Dodgers.
Hector Rondon nailed down his second save of the postseason with a scoreless ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.
The Cubs used seven relievers in Game 4 after Jason Hammel had an abbreviated outing. Rondon was the one to close things out, as he allowed a two-out single to Matt Carpenter but got Stephen Piscotty to strike out to secure the two-run victory. The Cubs are headed to the NLCS for the first time since 2003.
John Lackey was lifted from Tuesday's loss to the Cubs after allowing four runs over three innings of work.
It was an odd outing from Lackey. His stuff looked every bit as good as it did in his Game 1 win, but he made a couple huge mistakes in the second inning and it cost him dearly. The first was allowing a two-out RBI single to pitcher Jason Hammel, and he then left a fastball up to Javier Baez on his next pitch and Baez smacked an opposite-field, three-run homer. Lackey will turn 37 later this month but will surely attract plenty of free agent interest after a fantastic season.
Kyle Schwarber singled and smacked a mammoth solo home run in Tuesday's NLDS-clinching win over the Cardinals.
Schwarber singled in the second inning and scored and then smashed a jaw-dropping home run over the right-field scoreboard at Wrigley Field in the seventh. The rookie finished the season in a terrible slump but has gone on to bat .500/.583/1.100 with three homers over five playoff game. The Cubs slugged three home runs Tuesday after setting a postseason record with six bombs Monday. They'll face either the Dodgers or Mets in Game 1 of the NLCS on Saturday.