St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright was in complete control as he shut out the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night.
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With a Pittsburgh Pirates crushing win on Wednesday, the Cardinals needed a great outing by their staff ace as they faced the Brewers. They got a gem of a game from Wainwright.
The Georgian native pitched a complete game shutout. In nine innings, Wainwright allowed seven hits while walking two and striking out seven batters. Wainwright now posts a 2.45 ERA on the season. For Wainwright, this is his ninth career shutout and third of the 2014 season. With 19 wins, Wainwright is one win away from saying that he has pitched a 20-win season and could do so on Monday when he faces the Chicago Cubs. He joins Clayton Kershaw with 19 wins this year.
Matt Holliday and Matt Adams scored the only Cardinals runs in the night in the seventh inning. After walking, Holliday scored on a single off the bat of Adams. Adams would go on to score on Jhonny Peralta‘s single.
The Cardinals’ magic number to officially advance to the postseason sits at six games. However, to clinch the division outright, the number is nine. Neither the Brewers or the Pirates are choosing to make it easy. The team’s fate is in their own hands.