Saturday, March 14, 2009. (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves' big-ticket Japanese import scuffled for the first time, while the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright enjoyed his best outing by far.
Kenshin Kawakami, signed to a three-year, $23 million deal in January, was disappointed after giving up seven hits and both runs in 4 2-3 innings of a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday.
He entered as the only NL pitcher in the Grapefruit League with two wins and a 0.00 ERA, although he minimized the damage when the Cardinals had four hits in the second but left the bases loaded.
Wainwright allowed a run and six hits in five innings with four
strikeouts and no walks.
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