With his dazzling performance Tuesday night in which he commanded 26 outs before permitting a hit – the fourth ninth-inning no-hitter broken up this season – Michael Wacha turned in a mirror opposite of Shelby Miller‘s gem from May 10. Miller, as you may recall, gave up a hit in the first at-bat of the game, then registered 27 outs in shutting out the Rockies. (He even bookended the performance by ending the game by striking out Eric Young, the man who claimed the only hit leading off the game.)
According to Baseball-Reference.com, 51 Cardinal pitchers have allowed only one hit through eight innings. Here they are since 1950 (when reliable play-by-play data begins), listed by the latest point in the game in which they yielded that hit:
|Michael Wacha||9/24/13||WSN||8 2/3||9||2||R. Zimmerman|
|Alan Benes||5/16/97||ATL||9||9||2||M. Tucker|
|Rick Wise||6/13/73||CIN||9||9||1||J. Morgan|
|Mike Morgan||7/3/95||MON||8 1/3||9||1||W. Cordero|
|Silvio Martinez||6/27/79||MON||9||8||2||D. Dyer|
|John Curtis||8/29/74||SDP||9||8||2||F. Kendall|
|Bob Gibson||6/17/70||SDP||9||8||2||I. Murrell|
|Woody Williams||6/5/03||TOR||8||8||1||O. Hudson|
|Ken Hill||6/27/91||PHI||8||8||1||D. Thon|
|Bob Tewksbury||8/17/90||HOU||9||8||0||F. Stubbs|
|Mike Torrez||4/15/70||MON||9||8||0||A. Phillips|
|Al Jackson||4/25/67||HOU||9||8||0||B. Aspromonte|
|Anthony Reyes||6/22/06||CHW||8||7||1||J. Thome|
|Silvio Martinez||5/30/78||NYM||9||7||0||S. Henderson|
|Willard Schmidt||8/11/55||MLN||9||7||0||J. Logan|
|Chris Carpenter||6/14/05||TOR||9||6||2||R. Adams|
|Adam Wainwright||6/13/07||KCR||8||6||2||E. German|
|Reggie Cleveland||9/27/73||CHC||9||6||1||K. Rudolph|
|Chris Carpenter||9/7/09||MIL||9||5||1||J. Gerut|
|John Tudor||8/8/85||CHC||9||5||1||L. Durham|
|Jose DeLeon||8/30/89||CIN||11||4||1||L. Quinones|
|Bob Gibson||5/7/65||PHI||9||4||1||J. Callison|
|Steve Carlton||6/19/68||CHC||9||4||0||G. Beckert|
|Bob Gibson||5/22/68||LAD||8||3||2||W. Parker|
|Vicente Palacios||7/19/94||HOU||9||3||0||A. Cedeno|
|Von McDaniel||7/28/57||PIT||9||2||2||G. Baker|
|Joe Magrane||8/12/88||CHC||9||2||1||V. Law|
|Ernie Broglio||7/15/60||CHC||9||2||1||E. Bouchee|
|Silvio Martinez||7/8/78||PIT||9||1||1||O. Moreno|
|Shelby Miller||5/10/13||COL||9||1||0||E. Young|
- Wacha appears to be the only pitcher in team history to not finish the game after taking a one-hitter that deep (Mike Morgan came out after 8 1/3).
- If it’s any indication of future success, throwing that one-hitter bodes well for Wacha, as well as Miller (to wit: Gibson, Carlton, Wise, Jackson, Magrane, Wainwright and Carpenter).
- The Cardinals will have three of the list in the rotation next year.
- Anthony Reyes and Silvio Martinez (5/30/1978) had their no-hitters broken up by home runs. Ugh.
- Retrosimba wrote a couple of years ago about the Benes near-miss.
- Milkees Press has what appears to be a comprehensive list of no-hitters broken in the ninth since 1961.
- Can you imagine how angry Bob Gibson must’ve been when Ivan Murrell (career batting average: .236) broke up his no-no with four outs left?