Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina make MLB history with 325th career start as a battery


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Wednesday night at Busch Stadium, St. Louis Cardinals stalwarts Adam Wainwright and Yadier Molina made a rather remarkable bit of history in a 4-1 win versus the Milwaukee Brewers (box score). The duo started their 325th game as a battery, setting a new Major League Baseball record. The two have been teammates since Wainwright was first called up to the big leagues in 2005. Molina debuted in 2004.

The pair received a standing ovation on their way in from the bullpen, as captured here by’s John Denton:

Wainwright’s night came to a close after five innings. He surrendered a run on eight hits and two walks. He also struck out three batters. The Cardinals were ahead by a 3-1 margin when he departed in favor of Andre Pallante. Molina, for his part, went 1 for 4 with a run batted in.

With the start against the Brewers, Wainwright and Molina broke the record held by longtime Tigers teammates Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan. Here are the most common pitcher-catcher starting batteries in history:

Adam Wainwright to Yadier MolinaCardinals2007-22325
Mickey Lolich to Bill FreehanTigers1963-75324
Warren Spahn to Del CrandallBraves1949-63316
Red Faber to Ray SchalkWhite Sox1914-26306
Don Drysdale to John RoseboroDodgers1957-67283
Red Ruffing to Bill DickeyYankees1930-46282
Steve Rogers to Gary CarterExpos1975-84270
Bob Lemon to Jim HeganCleveland1946-57264
Early Winn to Jim HeganCleveland1949-57250
Tom Glavine to Javier LopezBraves1994-2002248

“It’s been a good run,” Wainwright told the Associated Press last week. “(Molina is) an incredible teammate, friend, and partner in crime. We’ve been together for a long time. So, you know, we got to finish strong.”