The Cardinals’ Miles Mikolas’ no-hitter was ruined on the final pitch of a rout of the Pirates.
Miles Mikolas of the St. Louis Cardinals fought through 128 pitches Tuesday and was one strike away from throwing the MLB season’s second solo no-hitter.
However, rightfielder Cal Mitchell of the Pittsburgh Pirates ruined the moment on what would have been the final pitch of the night.
Mitchell hit a deep shot to centerfield that bounced once before hopping the fence at Busch Stadium with two outs and two strikes.
At the last possible moment, that ground-rule double ended the no-hitter.
If he had succeeded, it would have been the third no-hitter of the season and the first since rookie Reid Detmers pitched one for the Los Angeles Angels against the Tampa Bay Rays last month. In April, the New York Mets combined for a no-hitter.
Mikolas would have had the Cardinals’ 10th no-hitter, and the first since 2001.
Despite the fact that the historic night was ruined, Mikolas pitched an outstanding game.
He struck out six batters and walked one during the Cardinals’ third straight victory.