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Wacha in ace company with near-miss no-hitter

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:

Player Date Opp IP Inning
broken
Outs Batter
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

Some notes:

  • 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?

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