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Brunswick native Adam Wainwright achieves 200th win as Cardinals shutout Brewers 1-0

Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals reached his 200th win in a vintage performance against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Adam Wainwright, a Brunswick native and Glynn Academy graduate, achieved a major milestone in his final season as he earned his 200th win. In a vintage performance, Wainwright pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 1-0 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. The 42-year-old right-hander showcased his old form, striking out three and walking two in his longest outing of the season. This win comes after a challenging period for Wainwright, who went 0-10 with a 10.72 ERA in his previous 11 games.

Wainwright's achievement makes him the 38th pitcher in NL history to reach 200 wins and the 24th major leaguer to achieve this milestone since 2000. The feeling of reaching this milestone was comparable to his emotions when closing out the 2006 World Series as a rookie reliever. Wainwright expressed his gratitude for the support he received from his teammate, Willson Contreras, who homered off Freddy Peralta in the fourth inning. Contreras, who was emotional about Wainwright's accomplishment, stated that he was glad to be behind the plate for this momentous occasion.

Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol praised Wainwright's performance, stating that it was as good as they have seen. Despite battling various challenges, Wainwright managed to keep the Brewers off balance and control the game. He induced a pair of double plays and left the field to a standing ovation from the crowd of 33,176. Wainwright's first strikeout of the game marked the 2,200th of his career, and he moved past David Wells on the all-time list.

The victory over the Brewers keeps the Cardinals' playoff hopes alive, while the Brewers lost their second straight game. Milwaukee still holds a six-game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central with 12 games left to play. The Brewers' magic number to clinch the division remains at seven.

In addition to Wainwright's milestone, the Cardinals celebrated another achievement as they surpassed 3 million in attendance for the 18th consecutive season. This milestone is even more impressive considering the limited capacity due to the ongoing pandemic.

Looking ahead, the Cardinals will start left-handed pitcher Drew Rom in the second game of the series against the Brewers. Rom, who earned his first career win in his last start, will face off against Brewers' right-handed pitcher Trevor Megill.

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