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Michael Wacha‘s rookie campaign has been full of success and full of almost’s when it comes to no-hitters.
Wacha came within inches of the feat against the Nationals on Sept. 24, only to have his no-hit bid be broken up by Ryan Zimmerman with two outs in the ninth. On Monday, and on a much bigger stage in their Game 4 NLDS matchup against the Pirates, Wacha came close to once again making history with St. Louis on the brink of elimination.
The 22-year-old held Pittsburgh hitless through 7 1/3 innings at PNC Park. The right-hander was flirting with the no-no deep into the game, but Pedro Alvarez put a quick end to the shutout, launching a monster home run to center field. In the next at-bat, Wacha walked the next batter, Russel Martin for the second time, and his day on the mound was over with the Cardinals holding a 2-1 lead.
The Cardinals went on to win by the same score, tying the series at 2-2.
Check out a video of Alvarez’s absolute blast below.
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St Louis Cardinals’ rookie Michael Wacha was given the ball in Game 4 of the NLDS against The Pittsburgh Pirates. The season was on the line. Wacha has had his ups and downs this season. The pressure of the game was on him. The Pittsburgh fans were doing their incredibly stupid chanting of the opposing pitcher’s last name. And what happened?
Wacha was lights out. No narratives...
Note: I don’t actually know if Michael Wacha thinks that. The headline is hyperbolic in nature, designed to convey the ideas in the article in a way that make you want to read said article. Michael Wacha might think pitching inside is really smart. I haven’t asked him. I doubt it, though. Yesterday, with his team facing elimination, Michael Wacha shut down the Pirates. Not...
PITTSBURGH -- Rookie Michael Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday and setting up a winner-take-all Game 5 in the NL division series.
The Cardinals tied this playoff matchup and improved to 7-1 over the last three years when facing elimination in the postseason.
Rookie Michael Wacha took a no-hit bid into the eighth inning and the St. Louis Cardinals showed off their October poise, edging the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 Monday and setting up a winner-take-all Game 5 in the NL division series.
The Cardinals improved to 7-1 over the last three years when facing elimination in the postseason.
Pedro Alvarez hit his third home run of the series...
If there's a team familiar with facing elimination in recent postseasons, it's the St. Louis Cardinals.
St. Louis may like its chances of keeping its season alive this time based on its history against Charlie Morton.
The Pittsburgh Pirates can advance to the NL Championship Series Monday at home, but they have lost Morton's last seven starts against the Cardinals....
You saw more than an amazing performance from Cardinals
right-hander Michael Wacha on Monday afternoon. You saw more than a
22-year-old rookie step into a postseason elimination game and make
sure that his team would carry the momentum into the decisive fifth
game Wednesday afternoon.
The Cardinals' rookie pitchers have drawn much of the spotlight this season earning acclaim for their poise and effectiveness on the mound in big situations. But they're always quick to divert any praise to the All-Star catcher working behind the plate.
"It's unbelievable working with [Yadier Molina]" said rookie right-hander Michael Wacha fresh off his first...
The Cardinals pinned their hopes on staying alive in the National League division series today on a starting pitcher who was a few months out of college last year.
But Michael Wacha 22 isn’t your ordinary rookie. He had held the Pittsburgh Pirates to two hits and no runs in a seven-inning start in August. He had held the Washington Nationals hitless for 8 2/3 innings in his final...
Michael Wacha pitched a gem today against the Pirates. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Toss 22-year-old Michael Wacha onto a pitcher’s mound where he has to keep the Cardinals’ season from ending. Add 40,000 screaming fans who want nothing more but to see him fail, and tauntingly sing his name from the first pitch.
“I kind of like it,” Wacha said. “It kind of gives...
No. No, it can't. Don't be stupid. I'm talking to you:
WAY TO JINX HIM, ELLIOTT!! "@JoshElliottABC: Five outs left.... #nono #Wacha"— Adina Raye (@AdinaRaye) October 7, 2013
Hey @MLB_TBS you own Wacha and all of #CardinalNation a no hitter you buncha F*CKIN' losers #Jinx— Kevin Urbeck (@theKujo17) October 7, 2013...
Led by Michael Wacha, who threw 7.1 no-hit innings before allowing a homerun to Pedro Alvarez, the Cardinals avoided elimination by beating the Pirates 2-1 this afternoon. Rookies Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal finished off the Pirates from there to send the teams back to St. Louis for game 5.
This is the second straight game where Wacha has flirted with a no-hitter, after...
While wins go to the team and are created by the players, there are games where a manager can set a scene so precisely; they deserve a share of the victory as well. And Mike Matheny deserves credit for setting the scene for the Game 4 victory.
It is easy for everybody to look good when a game is delivered like what Michael Wacha authored on the mound. Saying he made the most of...
Cardinals at Pirates — Pirates lead series 2-1
3:00 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
At the ridiculously dumb start time of 3 PM, the Pirates will take the field in hopes of advancing to the NLCS. They could win a playoff series today. It’s been a long time since that happened. If they lose, they’ll get another shot, but it will be on the road against one of...