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Michael Wacha loses no-hitter with one out to go

Sep 24, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

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We’re on the verge of history at Busch Stadium.

Making good use of his vicious changeup and high-90s fastball, Cardinals rookie right-hander Michael Wacha has no-hit the visiting Washington Nationals through the top of the seventh inning. The Cardinals will carry a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the frame.

Wacha has yielded just two baserunners — the first on a booted groundball by second baseman Matt Carpenter and the second on a Ryan Zimmerman walk to open the seventh inning. We’ll provide regular updates as the 22-year-old tries to finish this off. He has only thrown 86 pitches to this point and needs just six more outs.

Bud Smith, also a rookie at the time, threw the last Cardinals no-hitter back in 2001.

The Nats were eliminated from the playoffs on Monday but trotted out their standard lineup.

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UPDATE, 10:11 p.m. ET: Wacha surrendered a leadoff walk to Adam LaRoche in the top of the eighth but induced a double play groundball from Wilson Ramos. Anthony Rendon then flew out to left field. Wacha has only three outs left — he’s at 99 pitches — and the Cards lead 2-0 heading to the bottom of the eighth.

UPDATE, 10:24 p.m. ET: Wacha got an easy groundout to short from pinch-hitter Steve Lombardozzi to open the top of the ninth and then struck out Denard Span for the second out. The third batter of the inning, Ryan Zimmerman, hit a bouncer that went over Wacha’s head. Pete Kozma tried to field it quickly and make the throw but wound up pulling first baseman Matt Adams off the bag. It was ruled an infield hit for Zimmerman and Wacha was pulled immediately after. Trevor Rosenthal closed out the 2-0 win.

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  2. flamethrower101 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    Whether or not he actually gets it, it’s already a nightmarish two days for Washington. Eliminated from playoffs yesterday, now 6 outs from getting no-hit? Hmm, I wonder when Davey’s sense of urgency is gonna kick in…assuming it hasn’t already jumped the gun on retirement.

    • chill1184 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Fitting fate none the less for an arrogant team, fans and a media who makes politicians look like boy scouts

      • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:59 AM

        Wow. Your post certainly caught me off guard.
        I am going to have to re-think everything I thought about you previously Chill.
        Don’t sweat it though. I fully appreciate success tends to breed jealousy in some people.

  3. paperlions - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Damnit Kozma….you can’t freaking hit….the least you could do is field.

    • danwilliamsmlb - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Cards fan here as well and I usually agree with your posts, but not in this case; that would have been a tough play for Ozzie to make in his prime.

      • paperlions - Sep 25, 2013 at 7:32 AM

        Yeah, it was a tough play….but he actually made the tough part of it…the throw was easier….and that would not have been a tough play for Ozzie in his prime….that’s just silly talk…Ozzie was so good he guys like Vizquel are mediocre in comparison. My comment was mostly just frustration at being so close to the no hitter….and the fact that the Cardinals have so many guys that are horrible infielders (Descalso, Freese) that they actually need to keep a guy that hits like a pitcher around just so someone can catch the ball….heck, if Holliday starts, there is no way this is a no hitter into the 9th…Robinson made at least 2 catches that Holliday trots toward and fields on a hop.

    • stlouis1baseball - Sep 25, 2013 at 8:56 AM

      He did field it. Quite nicely too! Had the ball not deflected ever so slightly off Wacha’s glove I think the no hitter is in tack.

  4. cohnjusack - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    An inch over the pitcher’s glove
    —then the throw barely pulls Adams off the bag
    –then Adams *almost* is able to tag him at first.

    That was just fucking cruel.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Ouch. OK, Nats fan here, but with their magic number now at 2014, yup, I was cheering for the kid. Bummer. So so so close. Um, Michael, Dave Stieb on line 1.

      • cohnjusack - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        Damn, those first two Stieb one’s were pure astroturf bullshit.

  5. Stiller43 - Sep 24, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    Bitter!!

  6. misterj167 - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Part of me wonders if the Nats, who were hitting everything in sight in September, are just laying down now to spite the Braves, another part of me knows they just plain suck against any team that isn’t the Fish or the Phillies

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