Adam Wainwright picks up his 19th win and third shutout of the year

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Adam Wainwright suffered through a dead arm period in the middle of the season. He was still better than almost every other pitcher out there even with the dead arm, but he wasn’t quite himself. Last night he was himself.

Wainwright needed only 102 pitches to get through his third shutout of the year, allowing seven hits and striking out seven while picking up his 19th win. His last start of the season will come against the Cubs, so you have to figure he has a puncher’s chance of getting 20. His ERA dropped to 2.45. He even got the Cardinals first hit of the night, breaking up Mike Fiers’ no-hitter in the sixth inning.

In the standings this kept the Cardinals two and a half games ahead of Pittsburgh and pushes the Brewers five back. In the Wild Card, Milwaukee remains two and a half back of the Pirates.

And it’s getting late.