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Jon Lester snaps Adam Wainwright's strikeout streak in Game 5

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Adam Wainwright has his strikeout pitch working early in Game 5.
Adam Wainwright has his strikeout pitch working early in Game 5. (USATSI)

Aside from the back-to-back doubles by Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz that created the only run of the game, Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright has been in total control early in World Series Game 5. The first six outs he recorded were strikeouts, the first three looking and the next three swinging.

Wainwright struck out five straight batters at one point and was just one whiff short of tying the postseason record for consecutive strikeouts. Naturally, the streak was broken up by opposing pitcher Jon Lester, who tapped a weak grounder back out in front of the plate in a two-strike count to leadoff the third. Lester is 0 for 34 at the plate in his career.

The postseason record for consecutive strikeouts is six, which has been done several times, most recently by Justin Verlander in the ALCS two weeks ago. The regular season record is 10 straight strikeouts by Hall of Famer Tom Seaver.

The record for most consecutive strikeouts to start a postseason game is five by Sandy Koufax and Mort Cooper, in case you're wondering. Wainwright struck out six of the first eight men he faced.

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