Besides the St. Louis Cardinals completing the sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers with a 5-2 win this afternoon, the victory also marked the 150th of starting pitcher Adam Wainwright’s career.
“Is that what it is,” he asked postgame with a smile. “I’m glad to get there. For whatever reason, those numbers-things like that stand out and they mean something to pitchers and to position players. All those kind of cool feats that you can accomplish. It means something to me. I’m proud to have been a Cardinal for the whole time of it, too. And proud to win most of those with my brother, Yadier Molina and a lot of those in front of these great fans here in St. Louis.”
Wainwright joins Bob Gibson (251), Jesse Haines (210), Bob Forsch (163), and Bill Sherdel (153) as the only five pitchers in Cardinals history to reach the milestone.
“Let’s just step back and appreciate what an accomplishment that is,” Mike Shildt said. “You look at the Mount Rushmore of pitchers in this organization, which is pretty impressive, he’s carving out a spot. 150 wins in one organization is very impressive. Today was indicative of how he’s done it–there was pitchability to it, there was grit to it, and there was adjustments to it. He’s just a winning guy, a winning player, and he showed those attributes today.”
And Wainwright needed those attributes as he got off to a rough start against the Brewers.
“The first inning I was in the middle of the plate,” explained Wainwright, who allowed a first inning home run to Eric Thames. “Threw a lot of different kinds of fastballs today–four-seamers and cutters and the two-seamer a couple of times. In and out and Yadi called a great game obviously.”
“Waino’s still my ace,” Molina said. “Every time he gets on the mound I know he’s going to give everything he has and today he did that. He showed me that he’s ready to go and he pitched a great game. I’m just happy for him.”
A couple of double plays also assisted and Wainwright finished with just the one earned run on four hits with three strikeouts and a walk in six innings pitched.
“I’m not surprised, this guy works hard,” Molina said. “This guy wants it. Right now, we’re showing the people that he can still pitch.”
With 247 career games, Wainwright and Molina already hold the Cardinals record for most starts as battery mates. They are now just one behind the tandem of Tom Glavine and Javy Lopez, who had 248 games together for the Atlanta Braves from 1994-2002.
“I grew up watching, Glavine and Javy Lopez–Maddux and that group,” Wainwright reminded. “We’re catching up to those guys. That would be really neat when we pass them, if we do.”
–After walking Hernan Perez in the second inning, Wainwright was uncharacteristically emotional on the mound.
“I apologize to fans at home, I yelled an expletive out,” Wainwright shared. “I did, it doesn’t happen often, but I did. I just had to get my mind in a better place. There’s so much of it is mentally being in the right place to make pitches and having the confidence to go out there and make that pitch. After that, seemed to make a lot better pitches.”
Orlando Arcia then grounded into a double play to end the inning.
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