St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha nearly threw the third no-hitter of the MLB season and first of his career, but he surrendered an infield single to Ryan Zimmerman with two outs in the ninth inning on Tuesday night.
Wacha sat down the first 14 Washington Nationals batters he faced, and he lost a perfect game bid when Adam LaRoche reached on an error in the fifth. The rookie issued leadoff walks to LaRoche and Zimmerman in the seventh and eight respectively, and he was going for the no-hitter with two outs in the ninth when Zimmerman hit a chopper that barely got over his head. Shortstop Pete Kozma attempted to make a barehanded play, but his throw was off the mark and Zimmerman beat it out.
Though losing a no-hitter on an infield single is heartbreaking, the scorekeeper made the correct call by declaring it a hit and not an error. Closer Trevor Rosenthal got the last out of the game to preserve the victory for Wacha, who went 8.2 innings allowing one hit and two walks while striking out nine.
A first-round pick out of Texas A&M last year, Wacha maintained good spirits despite losing the no-hitter: