Even though all were victories, after his last three starts Adam Wainwright talked about how each had been a step towards getting better and back to form. On Wednesday, he took more like a leap than a step to that goal.
“For a long while I wasn’t very good was I,” posed Wainwright with a smile after posting his third complete game of the season–a 2-o shutout over Milwaukee. “It’s good to be back making pitches when I need to. That’s a tough team over there, tough lineup. They’re fighting tooth and nail to stay in this race, so I knew we had a tough challenge. Very good pitcher on the other side too, so we needed some zeroes up there.”
Wainwright scattered seven hits, inducing a key double play with the bases loaded in the 4th inning. And he appeared to get stronger with each of his 101 pitches on the night–even registering 95mph in the 9th inning.
“Don’t hold your breath on it, but maybe when we need it,” laughed Wainwright if that would now become his normal velocity.
Wainwright has now won 19 games each of the last two seasons, the most by any MLB pitcher. His nine shutouts since 2010 are tied with Clayton Kershaw for the most in the big leagues.
The shutout was also the 21st of the season for the St. Louis Cardinals, second most in franchise history since the 1968 team posted 30 (Bob Gibson had 13).