Miles Mikolas had himself quite a night on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The 33-year-old right-hander took the mound for the St. Louis Cardinals, hoping to pitch them to a doubleheader sweep after they had won the first game of the twin bill.
Needless to say, Mikolas was utterly dominant, taking a no-hitter all the way to the final out of the game, even coming to within one strike of making it happen.
It was broken up by Cal Mitchell when he sent a ball just out of the reach of Harrison Bader.
After the game, Mikolas had kind of a sad comment about losing the no-hitter, taking responsibility for what took place.
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Mikolas Credits Cards’ Defense
It’s nice to see Mikolas being professional and praising his defense for stepping up last night.
But he shouldn’t feel like he let them down.
He went out there and gave the Cardinals everything he had last night.
That ball off Mitchell’s bat was going to be a tough one for Bader to catch anyways, so it was nobody’s fault.
It was a tremendous game for the Cardinals last night on both sides of the ball.
Mikolas was of course the story of the game with the way he pitched.
Mitchell just happened to get a hold of one there in the ninth inning.
Mikolas pitched his heart out and the Cardinals played fantastic defense behind him.
It is kind of sad to see Mikolas kicking himself though.
He should be nothing but proud of the game he pitched.
Anytime you can take a no-hitter into the ninth, you’ve done something special, and the fans at Busch Stadium made sure to let him know that when they gave him a standing ovation as he walked off the mound..