Wainwright joins 200-win club with vintage performance vs. Brewers
St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright became the 122nd pitcher in MLB history to collect 200 wins following a masterful performance against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday.
Wainwright allowed just four hits with three strikeouts and two walks over seven shutout innings in the 1-0 win to join Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke, Max Scherzer, and Clayton Kershaw as the only active hurlers with at least 200 victories.
Cardinals closer Ryan Helsley shut the door in the ninth inning to secure Wainwright's milestone moment:
The 42-year-old is now tied with Tim Wakefield, George Uhle, Jon Lester, and Chuck Finley for 118th on the all-time wins list.
Wainwright owns a 7.40 ERA with 1.90 WHIP over 101 innings (21 starts) during the worst year of an otherwise great career.
"For at least a night I was a real pitcher out there, the guy that I want to be," Wainwright said, according to Joe Harris of The Associated Press. "Seven innings, shutout, a couple of hits, got through a couple of tough ABs out there and made adjustments, worked in and out, up and down."
The three-time All-Star added that Monday's performance felt emotionally similar to winning a World Series with St. Louis as a rookie reliever in 2006.
"Tonight, for me, this is tied for first," he said.
Wainwright is in his 18th and final season with the Cardinals. He's planning to retire after the campaign.