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St. Louis Cardinals
The St Louis Cardinals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 in Game 4 of their NL Division Series matchup, tying the series at two games apiece and forcing a deciding Game 5 on Wednesday.
The story of this one was Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha. Wacha was perfect through five, and had a no-hitter going through 7 1/3 in Pittsburgh. But Pedro Alvarez broke up the no-no and the shutout in the eighth with a solo homer. Then, things got interesting, but the Cardinals ended up prevailing.
St Louis got their only runs of the game in the sixth. Charlie Morton walked Carlos Beltran to lead off the inning, and Matt Holliday followed with a homer to center field to make it 2-0 in favor of the Redbirds. That was all the Cardinals would get against the Pirates' pitching staff all game, and once Morton departed with two outs in the sixth, St Louis didn't get so much as a base runner. That lack of offense could have proven problematic if Wacha wasn't on the mound and dominating.
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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...
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...
They don’t get much bigger than this one tonight. The classic David vs. Goliath story: the over-achieve Pirates who haven’t been here in 20+ years against the team that has seemingly been here dozens of times it seems like in recent history.
I’m giving the Pirates way more of a chance to win this one than the rest of the general public is. They have a shot, based on the fact...