Adam Wainwright‘s continued dominance against the Pirates continues.
And tonight, it only took 88 pitches to pitch a complete-game shutout.
His last loss against the Pirates came on April 3, 2016. Only three members of Pittsburgh’s current active roster had made their MLB debuts at that point. Despite a career 5.47 (until tonight) at PNC Park, Wainwright showed why he is the ageless wonder… and the Cardinals’ best pitcher this season.
One night removed from J.A. Happ pitching a one-hitter against the Pirates, Wainwright threw a two-hitter, walking zero batters and striking out seven as the Cardinals defeated the Pirates 4-0.
Another significance of the evening was it was the 296th career duo-start of the battery of Yadier Molina and Wainwright. As the gap to 300 career starts by the battery closes in, the 38 and 39 year old show no signs of slowing down.
Offensively, it was the top of the fourth inning where the Cardinals took care of business. Although
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt singled and moved to second following a walk to third baseman Nolan Arenado. Molina then hit a ball into left field for a hit, although a solid defensive play from the Pirates made it known that was all St. Louis would get is a 1-0 early lead.
Paul DeJong, who has tried desperately to get out of a slump, hit a two-run double to the right-center gap to score Arenado and Molina to make it 3-0. Wainwright, following a Tommy Edman walk, helped out his own cause by hitting an RBI single to make it 4-0, which turned out to be the final score.
With the victory, the Cardinals improve to 57-56 on the season.