As no-hit bids go, they don’t get much closer than Michael Wacha’s attempt Tuesday night.
And, as failed bids go, there are few more disappointing than Wacha’s.
Wacha, a 22-year-old rookie who was making his ninth major-league start for the St. Louis Cardinals, got got to the last out in the game against the Washington Nationals in St. Louis. That’s when Ryan Zimmerman’s chopper missed Wacha’s glove by mere inches — and Wacha is 6-foot-6. (If only he’d been 6-7….) Shortstop Pete Kozma made a barehanded pickup/throw in one motion, but Matt Adams was pulled off first and his swipe tag missed Zimmerman. Talk about signs from above.
“I guess it just wasn’t meant to be,” Wacha said. “I came in with all intentions to just get the win.”
Wacha, who was drafted with a pick obtained Albert Pujols left, lost his perfect game in the fifth when second baseman Matt Carpenter made an error on a grounder hit by Adam LaRoche, but he picked up the victory in the Cards’ 2-0 win.
“Baseball is weird,” Zimmerman said (via the Post’s Adam Kilgore). “We hit balls on the screws all night, and that’s the swing, that’s the hit that breaks it up.”
Wow what a night! Tough way to lose it but a great win nonetheless! It was a lot of fun and a great baseball atmosphere #CardinalNation
— Michael Wacha (@MichaelWacha) September 25, 2013