Adam Wainwright and Matt Harvey faced off Thursday afternoon at Citi Field in a pitchers' duel that did not disappoint.
Both came out gunning early and dominated the rest of the day in what turned out to be a 2-1 Cardinals victory.
Harvey's first inning looked like this: 10 pitches, 9 strikes (four swinging) and back-to-back strikeouts to end the frame. The right-hander sat down both Carlos Beltran and Matt Holliday on three straight pitches.
Harvey lasted seven innings, surrendering five hits while walking one and striking out seven. The only run he allowed was on an RBI triple to Matt Carpenter in the third. Harvey was pumping out 95-98 mph fastballs and was putting some nasty offspeed by the Cardinals, too. He has allowed no more than two runs in 11 of his 14 starts this season.
The rest of Harvey's five strikeouts:
Wainwright, meanwhile, was just as filthy, and was busting off his signature curveball from the start.
He got David Wright looking at two consecutive for his first strikeout of the game in the opening frame, and then got Lucas Duda swinging through a pair for his second punchout the following inning.
The rest of Wainwright's four strikeouts can be found in the GIF below, which begins with the 31-year-old sitting down Marlon Byrd in the second, and then again in the fifth.
Wainwright threw seven scoreless innings of four-hit ball, while walking two and striking out six. He now has 97 strikeouts and nine walks on the season, which is good for a 10.78 K/BB -- easily the top mark among starting pitchers.
Harvey and Wainwright have combined to throw at least seven innings in 21 of their 28 starts. They both rank among the leaders in nearly every meaningful pitching category, and are shoo-ins for the All-Star Game at Citi Field in July.