Chicago Cubs right-hander Greg Maddux became the 13th pitcher in major league history to strike out 3,000 batters tonight when he threw a called third strike past the San Francisco Giants' Omar Vizquel to end the third inning.
Maddux got Vizquel on a 2-2 pitch on the inside corner and the crowd at Wrigley Field that had waited out a 2-hour 43-minute rain delay at the start, erupted.
Catcher Michael Barrett took the ball and put it in Maddux's glove as he crossed the third base line on the way to the dugout, and several of his teammates stopped to hug him and shake his hand.
Seconds later Maddux emerged from the dugout for a curtain call to acknowledge the cheers and doffed his cap.
Needing two strikeouts to reach 3,000 before the game started, Maddux, 39, struck out leadoff hitter Jason Ellison swinging in the first inning.
Maddux, with 313 wins entering the game, is the ninth pitcher to have 3,000 strikeout and 300 victories, joining Nolan Ryan, Roger Clemens, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, Don Sutton, Gaylord Perry, Walter Johnson and Phil Niekro.
Maddux, who got his 300th victory last August against the Giants in San Francisco, added one more strikeout in his eight-inning effort tonight but did not get a decision. The game went extra innings and did not end in time for this edition.
Maddux won the first of four straight Cy Young Awards in 1992, his final season of a first go-around with the Cubs before leaving as a free agent and signing with the Atlanta Braves.
Maddux spent 11 seasons with Atlanta before returning to Chicago as a free agent last season.