St. Louis – After former Braves prospect Adam Wainwright pitched six strong innings for the Cardinals to remain unbeaten (5-0) against Atlanta, the big right-hander from Brunswick was asked about Cox’s last scheduled visit to Busch Stadium.
“I made sure I was out there when he got his award,” Wainwright said of a presentation before Wednesday’s game, when Cardinals manager Tony La Russa presented Cox with a large, autographed photo of Stan Musial, one of Cox’s favorite players as a kid.
Wainwright, 28, was a Braves first-round draft pick in 2000 and was shipped to the Cardinals, with pitchers Jason Marquis and Ray King, in the December 2003 trade for J.D. Drew and Eli Marrero.
“I never got to play for [Cox] in the regular season but I played for him in spring training and I know he’s a class act and future hall of famer,” Wainwright said. “I watched him every night at 7:35 on TBS growing up.”
Wainwright is 5-0 with a 2.00 ERA in eight games (five starts) against the Braves, including wins in every start. He allowed six hits and three earned runs Thursday, after limiting the Braves to 1 earned run (three times) and two earned runs in his previous four starts against them.