St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha (52) celebrates with starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) after a game against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium. Wacha threw 8.2 innings allowing one hit and striking out nine as St. Louis defeated Washington 2-0.
Oh, so close
St. Louis Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha, who receives a hug from Adam Wainwright, is one of three pitchers to lose a no-hitter — or perfect game — with one out to go in 2013. Wacha lost his no-hit bid on an infield single by Washington's Ryan Zimmerman. Here are this season's three near-misses, with two being one out shy of a perfect game.
Michael Wacha, Cardinals — Sept. 24, 2013
In just his ninth career start, the St. Louis rookie lost a no-hit bid when he couldn't come down with this high chopper off the bat of Washington's Ryan Zimmerman with two outs in the ninth inning. After getting past Wacha, the ball bounced slowly toward shortstop Pete Kozma, who bare-handed it and whipped a throw to first that was a little wide, just as Zimmerman arrived. It was ruled a hit — an infield single — Wacha was removed and one batter later, the Cardinals won 2-0.
Yusmeiro Petit, Giants — Sept. 6, 2013
Petit, who was making only his 76th major league appearance lost a perfect game to Arizona on pinch-hitter Eric Chavez's two-out, ninth-inning single, which fell just in front of a diving Hunter Pence in right field. The right-handed Petit then retired A.J. Pollock to close out the Giants' 3-0 victory at home.
Yu Darvish, Rangers — April 2, 2013
One out away from a perfect game, the Rangers right-hander gave up an infield single to Marwin Gonzalez of the Houston Astros that went through Darvish's legs. Darvish was then pulled from the game. He struck out 14 batters as the Rangers won 7-0.