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Adam Wainwright loses no-hitter in eighth inning, settles for shutout

May 11, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

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UPDATE: While Adam Wainwright lost the no-hitter in the eighth inning, he settled for a two-hit shutout as part of a 3-0 victory over the Rockies.

Wainwright allowed two hits and one walk while striking out seven. It was the sixth shutout of his career and his 12th complete game. The 31-year-old right-hander now has an excellent 2.30 ERA and 55/4 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings over eight starts this season.

Jamie Garcia will be on the hill tomorrow as the Cardinals try for the sweep. Shelby Miller and Wainwright have set the bar pretty high.

4:30 PM: Adam Wainwright’s no-hit bid is over.

After Matt Carpenter made an excellent diving play to rob Todd Helton of a hit for the first out in the top of the eighth inning, Nolan Arenado dumped a clean single into left-center field. It ended an 0-for-50 streak for the Rockies dating back to Eric Young, Jr’s leadoff single in the first inning last night.

4:13 PM ET: After Shelby Miller sat down the final 27 batters he faced following a leadoff single last night, his teammate Adam Wainwright is working on some history against the Rockies.

Wainwright hasn’t allowed a hit over his first seven innings this afternoon at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. The Cardinals currently hold a 2-0 lead.

Wainwright retired the first 13 batters he faced until Todd Helton drew a walk with one out in the fifth inning. In fact, it was the Rockies’ first baserunner in 40 plate appearances dating back to last night. But that’s all they have been able to muster so far this afternoon. Wainwright has seven strikeouts and has thrown 68 out of 92 pitches for strikes.

Wainwright is due to face Todd Helton, Nolan Arenado and Reid Brignac in the top of the eighth inning. Stay tuned to see if he can finish the job.

  1. rbj1 - May 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    Rats, a hit.

    • flamethrower101 - May 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      And right after a sparkling defensive play by 2B Matt Carpenter to keep it alive. That just sucks.

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  2. phipfwe76 - May 11, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    So that’s 50 batters between hits by my math (49 outs, 1 walk). Anyone know what the record is for something like that?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 11, 2013 at 4:51 PM

      I think the Milwaukee Braves went 51 batters between hits in games on May 25 and 26. That included the Haddix miracle when he retired the first 36 batters before losing the perfecto, no-hitter, shutout and game in the 13th.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 11, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Oops. That was in 1959.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 11, 2013 at 5:48 PM

        And upon further review, over that 2-day period in 1959, the Braves had 52 plate appearances between a double by Johnny Logan in the 6th inning in Philly and a double by Joe Adcock in the 13th at home against the Pirates.

  3. paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    Obviously, he needs to be more responsible with his stuff…if he can’t hold on to something for 3 short hours without losing it.

    • historiophiliac - May 11, 2013 at 7:37 PM

      Thank you for not sobbing like a Canadian.

  4. fearlessleader - May 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    See, he didn’t want to be rude and one-up his rookie teammate, because that’s just the kind of veteran leader Waino is. 😉

  5. atltoarizona - May 11, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    I always though it was taboo to talk about a no-no while it’s going on. Why do we now blast it on every available media outlet?

    • paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      Because we recognize that superstitions are silly?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 11, 2013 at 5:11 PM

        “The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.” — Sir Francis Bacon, essayist, philosopher, and statesman (1561-1626)

      • paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM

        Exactly, what we now call confirmation bias.

      • heyblueyoustink - May 11, 2013 at 5:28 PM

        I had a superstition once: that poor black cat…..

    • raysfan1 - May 11, 2013 at 5:08 PM

      It’s taboo to talk to the pitcher about it. Presumably the pitcher isn’t watching TV or reading blogs in the dugout.

      • atltoarizona - May 11, 2013 at 5:09 PM

        I realize that but when I was growing up you could say they hadn’t given up a hit, or they retired so many batters in a row but to say the words “no hitter” was frowned upon. Time, they are a changing

      • raysfan1 - May 11, 2013 at 5:10 PM

        It’s pretty silly anyway. It’s not like the pitcher doesn’t know he has a no hitter going.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 11, 2013 at 5:15 PM

        Some pitchers have said they wanted to talk about it but teammates were reluctant. As for the rest of us, I recall Vin Scully saying, essentially: If I thought what I say up here in the booth could impact what happens down there on the field, I’d ask for a lot more money.

      • paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM

        I am sure if you compared the frequency of no hitters during the baseball dark ages (when no one mentioned in progress no hitters) to the age of enlightenment (when people openly talk about them while in progress) you will see that the rate hasn’t changed any more than expected (the rate will be expected to change over time with changes in the strike zone, plate approaches, and variation in emphasis on defense).

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 11, 2013 at 5:44 PM

        paper, FWIW, here are the total no-hitters by decade:
        1880s T: 26; all individual
        1890s T: 15; all ind
        1900s T: 20; all ind
        1910s T: 29; 28 ind; 1 team
        1920s T: 9; all ind
        1930s T: 8; all ind
        1940s T: 13; all ind
        1950s T: 18; all ind
        1960s T: 34; 33 ind; 1 team
        1970s T: 31; 29 ind; 2 team
        1980s T: 13; all ind
        1990s T: 31; 27 ind, 4 team
        2000s T: 15; 14 ind, 1 team
        2010s T: 16; 15 ind., 1 team

      • paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 6:18 PM

        16 no hitters in just over 3 years, despite people talking about them all willy nilly….crazy.

      • okwhitefalcon - May 11, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        The superstition stuff is goofy but it’s been around for years, kinda become a part of the fabric of the game.

        I’m really not sure what’s more funny, those who actually think it has a bearing on the outcome or those who go absolutely batshit nuts when someone plays along with the notion.

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