While he couldn’t quite finish the job, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas came about as close to throwing a no-hitter as is humanly possible.

Mikolas entered the ninth inning three outs short of a no-no. The Pittsburgh Pirates had scored a run off of him, but it was unearned, as Bryan Reynolds reached on an error, then was brought around to score on a pair of groundouts. Mikolas retired Michael Perez and Tucupita Marcano to start the ninth. Then, after falling behind 2-0, got the count back to 2-2 to Cal Mitchell, leaving Mikolas one strike away from a no-hitter. It didn’t happen.

Mitchell hit a fly ball to deep centerfield. It initially seemed like Harrison Bader had a play on the ball but he couldn’t quite track it down.

Mikolas summed up the near no-hitter succinctly.

He was not the only one to feel that way.

While the lost no-hitter might leave a bitter taste for the Cardinals and their fans, Tuesday was a great day for them. Mikolas’ outing helped St. Louis to a 9-1 victory in what was Game 2 of a double header. The Cardinals defeated the Pirates 3-1 in the first game. Paul Goldschmidt was a constant catalyst, wearing out Pittsburgh’s pitching staff in both ends of the doubleheader sweep.

[Talkin’ Baseball, Bob Nightengale]

About Michael Dixon

Michael has a background in sports writing both online (Bleacher Report, Sportsnaut, Fantasy Baseball Crackerjacks) and in print (Sedona Red Rock News, Brentwood Press). Sports have been a lifeline passion for Michael and he continues to enjoy writing and talking about them.