After 685 major league games, Greg Maddux has still got it.
The veteran righty pitched his first complete game in two years last night, in a 7-1 San Diego Padres victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Maddux (3-2, 3.20 ERA) retired the first 16 batters he faced, struck out five and walked none in his 109th career complete game, picking up win #336 and strikeout #3200. Ridiculous.
The 41-year-old carried a three-hit shutout into the ninth, but Juan Castro singled and advanced to third on Ryan Freel's base hit. One out later, Ken Griffey Jr. ruined everything with a sac fly before Brandon Phillips struck out to end the game.
Maddux required only 46 pitches for the first five innings, totalling 96 for the entire contest.
[San Diego Union Tribune] |