Greg Maddux’s 300th win. Saturday August 7, 2004. The Cubs rally at San Francisco for an 8-4 victory helping the professor become the 22nd pitcher ever to reach the 300 win milestone.
His 594th career start didn’t get off to a promising start. Ray Durham led off the bottom of the first with a triple and later scored on a sac fly by Barry Bonds. Two innings later AJ Pierzynski delivered an RBI double giving the Giants a 3-0 advantage.
The Cubs stormed back with RBI hits from Aramis Ramirez, Derrek Lee and Todd Walker. Corey Patterson’s 2-R HR gave Chicago a 6-3 lead in the sixth to put Maddux in position for the win. Moises Alou would tack on a 2-R HR off Brett Tomko in the ninth to finish off the scoring and put Maddux in the record books.
Maddux’s line: 5IP, 4-ER, 7-H, 3-BB, 3-K – 82 pitches
He reached the historic mark in just over 4,000 innings pitched in the big leagues and became the first National League pitcher to reach 300 since Steve Carlton in September of 1983.
Maddux was 38 at the time and finished the ’04 season (16-11, 4.02). He spent another season and a half with the Cubs before the team traded him to Los Angeles for Ceasar Izturis at the trade deadline in July 2006.
During his 10 seasons spent with the Cubs Maddux went (133-112, 3.61) making 298 starts including 47 complete games and 14 shutouts. He retired four years later and with 355 career wins.