The Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas was spoiled at the last minute

The Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas was spoiled at the last minute

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas went for 128 pitches on Tuesday and was one shot away from throwing the second solo no-hitter of the MLB season.

Yet on what would have been the last pitch of the night, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Cal Mitchell ruined the moment.

Mitchell, with two outs and a pair of strikes, hit a deep shot to center field that bounced once before jumping the Busch Stadium fence.

This ground rule duplicate killed the non-striker at the last possible moment.

The Cardinals retired Mikolas after that hit and quickly closed out the 9-1 win with Packy Naughton.

“I really can’t be upset,” Mikolas said of the latest pitch on the MLB Network. “I guess you have to take your hat off to that guy over there.”

Had he succeeded, it would have been the third no-hitter of the year, and the first since rookie Reid Detmers threw one for the Los Angeles Angels last month against the Tampa Bay Rays. The New York Mets combined for a no-hitter in April.

Mikolas would have had the 10th no-hitter in Cardinals history, and the first since 2001.

While the historic night was ruined, Mikolas still threw an incredible game. He had six strikeouts and a walk in the blowout victory, which marked the Cardinals’ third straight victory.

“I got a little over it,” Mikolas said on the MLB Network. “I mean, it stinks to get this close and then come back empty-handed. It’s a great outing. I’ll be really proud to have given the bullpen another night off. I know that we needed it with the double-header.

“I’m happy. But deep down, it stinks a bit.”

Mikolas, 33, is in his fourth season with the Cardinals. He entered Tuesday’s game 4-4 in 12 starts and a 2.93 ERA.

The Pirates’ only run came in the fourth inning after Bryan Reynolds came on base after a field error, and reached home after Daniel Vogelbach pulled out in the third.

The Cardinals quickly got on the board in the first after a pair of home runs from Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt, then took a 7-0 lead in the second after a two-run single from Brendan Donovan and a three-run shot. by Goldschmidt.

From there, St. Louis took the 9-1 win — its fifth in its last six games. The Cardinals beat the Pirates 3-1 in the opener of Tuesday’s doubleheader.

St. Louis will wrap up its four-game series with the Pirates on Wednesday night.

Miles Mikolas of the St. Louis Cardinals

Pittsburgh’s Cal Mitchell spoiled Miles Mikolas’ tie at the last possible moment on Tuesday night. (Joe Puetz/Getty Images)

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