Miles Mikolas joins the rare list of pitchers to miss a no-hitter

ST. LOUIS — A beat away from history, Miles Mikolas almost delivered the St. Louis Cardinals’ first no-hitter in 21 years on Tuesday night.

Instead, he came up short. Pirate rookie Cal Mitchell just slipped a flyball past outfielder Harrison Bader, spoiling a shot at the 11th no-hitter in St. Louis Cardinals history. According to that Research TeamMikolas became the 19th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to pitch 8.2 no-hit innings and then lose a no-hitter with an out from the kings.

Here’s a list of pitchers (and groups of pitchers) who accomplished this feat before Mikolas, some from the last few years and some from more than a century ago:

  • Sean Newcomb, Braves vs. Dodgers (July 29, 2018)
  • Matthew Boyd, Tigers vs. White Sox (September 17, 2017)
  • Matt Moore, Giants at Dodgers (25 Aug 2016)
  • Carlos Carrasco, Indians at Rays (July 1, 2015)
  • Shelby Miller, Braves at Marlins (May 17, 2015)
  • Michael Wacha, Cardinals vs. Nationals (September 24, 2013)
  • Yusmerio Petit, Giants vs. Diamondbacks (September 6, 2013)
  • Yu Darvish, Ranger at Astros (April 2, 2013)
  • Five Pitchers (Starter: Aaron Harang), Padres at Dodgers (July 9, 2011)
  • Brandon Morrow, Blue Jays vs Rays (8 Aug 2010)
  • Armando Gallaraga, Tigers vs. Indians (June 2, 2010)
  • Mike Mussina, Yankees at Red Sox (September 2, 2001)
  • Roy Halladay, Blue Jays vs Tigers (September 27, 1998)
  • Dave Stieb, Blue Jays vs. Yankees (Aug. 4, 1989)
  • Dave Stieb, Blue Jays vs. Orioles (September 30, 1988)
  • Dave Stieb, Blue Jays at Indians (September 24, 1988)
  • Mike Scott, Astros vs. Braves (June 12, 1988)
  • Tom Seaver, Mets at Cubs (September 24, 1975)
  • Grover Cleveland Alexander, Phillies at Cardinals (June 5, 1915)
  • Cy Young, Spiders at Phillies (July 23, 1896)

The Cardinals were once again on both ends of the spectrum. In 2013, Michael Wacha almost missed hitting the Washington Nationals in his rookie season, but it was spoiled by a Ryan Zimmerman groundball hit. Almost a century earlier, in 1915, the Cardinals spoiled a no-hit bid for Phillies’ ace Grover Cleveland Alexander.

St. Louis won Tuesday’s Mikolas’ starts 9-1, the nightcap of a doubleheader. Pittsburgh’s lone run scored an error. The Cardinals end a four-game home streak with the Pirates on Wednesday when Jack Flaherty takes the mound on his return from injury. Miles Mikolas joins the rare list of pitchers to miss a no-hitter

Nate Jones

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