Adam Wainwright has found the secret to pitching in the heat — a peanut butter and jelly sandwich between innings.
The St. Louis right-hander, toiling in 103 degree temperatures, threw six strong innings and Matt Holliday had three hits to lead the Cardinals to a 4-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.
Wainwright (7-8) gave up one run, struck out seven and allowed eight hits to help the Cardinals win for the third time in four games. He fanned seven of the first 13 hitters and threw a first-pitch strike to nine of the first 10 batters.
Wainwright stayed strong despite the steamy conditions. The game-time temperature was the highest in St. Louis since 1988 when temperature readings were first added to the box scores.
"When you're playing in heat like that it's important to keep those calories in you," Wainwright said. "You've got to make sure you are hydrating well."
Wainwright also ate a protein bar during the contest but felt the sandwich was the key to staying fresh.
"Always strawberry (jelly) on game days," he said. "Like Tiger (Woods) wearing red on Sunday."
Wainwright was coming off one of his worst performances of the season. He gave up seven earned runs in five innings of a 14-5 loss to Pittsburgh on Friday. But he came out aggressive early against the Rockies retiring nine in a row from the second to fifth innings.
"He did a real good job of getting ahead of guys and working quick," St. Louis first baseman Allen Craig said. "I feel like he's got his stuff back. He looks really confident out there."
Holliday, who went 3-for-4, is 33-for-64 (.516) with four homers and 19 RBI in his last 16 games.