Adam Wainwright: Co-NL Player of the Week

St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright shares a piece of his first-ever NL Player of the Week award.

On Monday, Major League Baseball announced that Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals and Josh Beckett of the Los Angeles Dodgers have been named National League Co-Players of the Week for the period of May 19-25.

Wainwright's 21 strikeouts last week led the majors as he posted a 2-0 record while not allowing a run. The Cards' ace threw 17 innings across his two starts during which he scattered six hits and walked only one.

On Sunday, Wainwright threw eight shutout innings and matched a career high with 12 strikeouts as the Cardinals defeated the Reds 4-0 in the rubber-match of their three- game series at Cincinnati. His first start of the week, on May 20, was a complete-game one-hit shutout over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks in a 5-0 win. Wainwright faced just one batter (28) over the minimum in his Arizona outing, walking none and allowing a fourth-inning double while fanning nine.

With the two-win week, Wainwright became the first N.L. pitcher to reach the eight-win threshold, joining Toronto's Mark Buehrle atop the Major League leaderboard in wins. The two-time NL all-star is currently first among qualifying Major League pitchers with a 1.67 ERA (15 earned runs in 81 innings pitched) this season.

This is Wainwright's first career Player of the Week Award.

On Sunday, Beckett threw the first no-hitter of the 2014 season in a 6-0 road victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The no-hitter was the first of the 34-year-old's career.

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