Wainwright pitched all 9 innings for a complete game on Friday as the Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-1. Wainwright only gave up 6 hits on the evening. The pitcher, signed through the 2018 season, is only adding on to his legacy. His 9 strikeouts moved him past Chris Carpenter for third place on the all-time list with 1,090 strikeouts. It’s likely that he passes Dizzy Dean for 2nd place with his next start. Dean threw 1,095 strikeouts for the Cardinals. Bob Gibson holds the franchise strikeout record with 3,117 Ks. Wainwright picked up his 15th win. The win was 95th of his career and it ties him with Carpenter.
“He taught me to be a professional up here, and the guy I watched coming up through the system was him,” Wainwright said in an MLB.com article about Carpenter. “He went on this last road trip and I got to sit and talk pitching with him. Each time we get to do that, I still learn a lot from him. He knows my game real well. It’s nice to have a guy like that who can watch you pitch and say, ‘Hey, you’ve been doing this or that a little bit differently,’ talk strategy, talk game plan. I just love that.”
After the Braves tied the game in the 6th inning, the Cards rallied back in the bottom frame with a solo home run from Matt Holliday.
Wainwright helped himself even more with a sac fly in the 7th that scored Molina. Molina had a 3-hit night to raise his batting average to .337 this season.