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Adam Wainwright throws complete game for NL-leading 15th victory

Aug 24, 2013, 9:32 AM EST

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The Cardinals were without closer Edward Mujica last night due to a nagging back issue, but Adam Wainwright rendered that moot by tossing his major league-leading fifth complete game in a 3-1 win over the Braves at Busch Stadium. He now leads the National League with 15 victories.

Wainwright held the Braves to six singles and no walks while striking out nine batters. The Cardinals’ ace needed 128 pitches to finish off the win, which is the second-highest pitch total of his career. Matt Holliday put St. Louis ahead with a solo homer off Kris Medlen in the sixth inning, but Wainwright provided some extra insurance with a sacrifice fly in the seventh. The man really does it all. The Braves have now lost back-to-back games for the first time since July 20-21.

While Wainwright had some ups and downs in his return from Tommy John surgery last year, he has returned to form as one of the National League’s best pitchers this season, posting a 2.58 ERA and 182/25 K/BB ratio over 198 2/3 innings. His 1.1 BB/9 is the lowest among qualified starting pitchers since Roy Halladay in 2010. If it wasn’t for the other-worldly success of Clayton Kershaw, he’d be right there for the National League Cy Young Award.

  1. cohnjusack - Aug 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Wainwright actually leads Kershaw in FIP (2.33 to 2.40). In the same number of innings, he’s given up 1 more home run, 6 fewer strikeouts, but 18 fewer walks.

    Don’t get me wrong, Kershaw is having a better year, but some of the largeness of their ERA gap may be more may be due to that crummy old BABIP (.235 v .311)

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  2. stanleyfrankmusial - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    Quite a performance by Waino – and it was sorely needed, with the bullpen overworked and The Chief on the (hopefully temporary) shelf. Cards need someone else to, if not throw complete-game 5-hitters, at least get through the 7th. I’m glad they stopped the Westbrook speculation and convinced him his back was hurting…he’s a good dude and it’s nothing personal, but he MUST NOT be allowed to take the mound again. Ever. Except maybe for BP.

  3. fearlessleader - Aug 24, 2013 at 11:08 AM

    Wainwright also spent the afternoon leading a fantasy football draft for his charity. They raised $110,000 for causes that help provide clean water to families in impoverished countries, and then he took a little nap, and then he went to the ballpark and pitched a complete game. Not a bad day of work.

  4. thomas844 - Aug 24, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    I’m a huge Reds fan but if there is any Cardinal I always pull for it is Wainwright. The guy is so talented, hard-working, and classy. He’s the kind of guy who is hard to root against no matter who your team is.

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