In holding the Brewers to one run over six innings, Wainwright became the fifth pitcher in franchise history to achieve 150 career wins as a Cardinal. His teammates celebrated by spinning Wainwright and Molina -- who has been behind the plate for 247 of Wainwright’s 289 career starts -- in those laundry carts and showering the two with cold water.
“I’m glad to get there,” Wainwright said of the milestone. “It means something to me. I’m proud to have been a Cardinal for the whole time of it, too. I’ve won most of those with my brother Yadier Molina and in front of these great fans in St. Louis.”
Wainwright’s climb up the franchise leaderboard may not be complete either. Three more wins would tie him with Bill Sherdel for fourth all-time in Cardinals history, and he sits 13 wins shy of matching Bob Forsch. Bob Gibson, of course, holds the Cardinals’ record with 251 career victories. Jesse Haines had 210.
“Waino is still my ace, and every time he gets on the mound, I know he’s going to give every he has,” said Molina, who has been catching Wainwright since the two were Triple-A teammates in 2004. “I’m not surprised. This guy works hard, and this guy wants it. Right now, he’s showing people he can still pitch.”
Fittingly, Wainwright reached this latest threshold by beating the team he has more often than any other in his career. He leads all active pitchers with 16 victories over the Brewers, and his 2.33 ERA against Milwaukee ranks second all-time (min. 140 innings) behind Roger Clemens (2.25).
“Let’s just step back and appreciate what an accomplishment that is,” manager Mike Shildt said. “You look at the Mt. Rushmore of the pitchers in this organization, which is pretty impressive. He’s carving out a spot. Today was indicative of how he’s done it [throughout his career]. 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.”