Stat Line of the Night — 10/7/2013 — Michael Wacha
In his final regular season start, St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha came one out away from hurling a no-hitter against the Washington Nationals. And he was flirting with yet another no-no in his very next start, which came last night during Game 4 of the NLDS.
With the Cards in need of a victory in order to stay alive and send the series back to St. Louis for a deciding Game 5, Wacha was untouchable through seven innings. He carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but with one out, the no-no was broken up by a Pedro Alvarez home run. Wacha was pulled from the game after walking one more batter in the inning. He would finish the game with nine strikeouts, two walks, one hit and one earned run through 7.1 innings, as the Cardinals held on for the 2-1 victory.
With the win, St. Louis will now travel back home for a do-or-die Game 5 match-up against the Pirates. They’ll send Adam Wainwright to the mound, and he’ll hope to put forth a similar performance to the one the Cards received from Wacha, which earned the 22-year-old righty “The Stat Line of the Night” for Monday, October 7, 2013.