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Wednesday, June 15, 2022

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas falls strike shy of no-hitter, says ‘it kinda stinks to not finish’

St. Louis Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas fell one strike short of a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates when Cal Mitchell doubled with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday night.

Mitchell drove a 2-2 curveball just over the head of Gold Glove center fielder Harrison Bader. The ball bounced on the warning track 383 feet from home plate and over the wall in straightaway center for a ground-rule double.

“The curveball had been pretty good all day, and maybe I tried to overthrow it just a little bit,” Mikolas said of the hit during his postgame, on-field interview. “I left it a little bit up. The guy put a really good swing on it. That one just kept going.”

The hit came on the 129th pitch from Mikolas—most in the majors this season and 14 more than his previous career high set May 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was lifted right after that for Packy Naughton, who closed out a 9-1 victory over the Pirates in the second game of a doubleheader.

“I’m in the best shape of my life, so that’s no problem for me. That’s what starters train all year for,” Mikolas said about topping 100 pitches. “Going the distance is always the goal.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2022 at 08:26 AM | 8 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: June 15, 2022 at 12:16 PM (#6081907)
I mentioned it in the thread last night, but with two outs Bader came in much closer than normal, I guess to try to prevent a single hit in front of him.

If he plays at his normal depth, he catches the fly ball to complete the no-hitter. As the excerpt notes, "The ball bounced on the warning track 383 feet from home plate."

As soon as the ball was hit, and I saw how shallow Bader was playing, I realized it was going to go over his head.

Too bad---Mikolas worked his ass off for that. Although it would have been as asterisked no-hitter, having come against the Pirates.
   2. The Duke Posted: June 15, 2022 at 12:19 PM (#6081909)
That was a funny decision. The pirates had rocked about three long flys to the warning track in CF in the previous few at bats.
   3. Starring Bradley Scotchman as RMc Posted: June 16, 2022 at 07:23 AM (#6082110)
‘it kinda stinks to not finish’

That's what she said.
   4. Banta Posted: June 16, 2022 at 12:05 PM (#6082151)
129 pitches! How was this not the top story in the whole world?

I would guess that’s the most pitches by any pitcher this year. I’d be curious to see the top five pitches thrown in 2022.
   5. Buck Coats Posted: June 16, 2022 at 06:15 PM (#6082257)
Baseball-Reference lists each pitcher's Max Pitches In A Start (and how many are 120+, 100-199, etc.) Mikolas at 129 is #1, then Tyler Anderson 123, Tyler Mahle 119, Hunter Greene 118, Jordan Lyles 117, Kyle Hendricks 116.

Mahle has the most starts with 100+ pitches this year at 8. Sandy Alcantara is the only starter averaging over 100 pitchers per start (102).
   6. Buck Coats Posted: June 16, 2022 at 06:17 PM (#6082258)
By comparison, just 10 years ago in 2012 (and admittedly this is full season, not mid-June) 2 pitchers went past 130 (Johan and Verlander), 41 pitched a game of at least 120 pitches. 39 averaged 100+ pitches per start.
   7. Howie Menckel Posted: June 16, 2022 at 06:54 PM (#6082265)
‘it kinda stinks to not finish’

That's what she said.

I came here (almost 12 hours late, I see) for the preferred version of:

"Mrs. Mikolas, watching at home on TV, muttered, 'Ain't that the truth, Miles, ain't that the truth!'"
   8. Banta Posted: June 16, 2022 at 10:53 PM (#6082317)
Thanks Buck Coates. I figured there was some way to baseball-reference that information, but I tend to do all my interneting on the phone nowadays and I couldn’t figure out where to find it.

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