Stat Line of the Night — 9/24/2013 — Michael Wacha
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth during yesterday’s game between the Washington Nationals and the St. Louis Cardinals, Cards rookie pitcher Michael Wacha found himself just one out away from the first no-hitter of his short career. Then, the Nats’ Ryan Zimmerman had to go and ruin all of the fun by hitting a chopper up the middle for a infield single, spoiling Wacha’s no-hit bid.
That single by Zimmerman would mark the end of Wacha’s night, as his pitch count had reached 112 by that time. He would go 8.2 innings on the evening, allowing just one hit and two walks while striking out nine, as the Cards held on for the 2-0 victory.
With the win, St. Louis remains atop the NL Central, two games ahead of the second-place Pirates. As for Wacha, he just made his case for a spot in the Cards rotation come playoff time, while also earning “The Stat Line of the Night” for Tuesday, September 24, 2013.