You know if you stack the statistics up the right way, you could say Greg Maddux has had a decent career. Last night he picked up his 346th career win as his Padres beat the Pirates 5-3 in San Diego. The 41-year-old Maddux currently sits ninth on the all-time wins list, and is 13-10 this season with a 3.95 ERA. With the win he also became the first player in major league history to win 13 games in 20 consecutive seasons, Cy Young used to hold the record with 19 straight.
Maddux struggled through his start last night, as he quickly fell behind 2-0 after the first inning. He also walked Jason Bay with two outs in the third inning, it was the first time he had walked a batter in 59 2/3 innings. He hadn’t walked a batter in nine starts, or since July 28 at Houston when he issued a free pass to Roy Oswalt (wow, that’s embarrassing). It was the second longest streak of Maddux’s career, as in 2001 he set the NL record with 72 1/3 innings.
He tossed five innings last night and gave up three runs on seven hits. It was the sixth time Maddux has won in his last seven decisions. The Padres have also won eight of his last 10 starts. No word on whether or not he pissed on anyone in the shower after the game. Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 39th save in 44 chances and extended his career record to 521.
The Padres couldn’t inch closer to Arizona however, because Micah Owings tossed a two-hit shutout as the D’backs beat the Giants 5-0. Owings improved his record to 7-8, and he also went 1-3 with a double to raise his average to .291. The Diamondbacks remain one game up on the Padres in the NL West, and San Diego is currently one-and-a-half games up in the NL Wild Card race.