Cardinals' Miles Mikolas has no-hitter broken up one strike away: 'Deep down it kind of stinks'

Mikolas had Pirates right fielder Cal Mitchell aan 2-2- count when Mitchell connected on a pitch to center field. The ball went just beyond the outstretched arm of Harrison Bader and bounced over the fence for a ground-rule double.

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Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas watches as his no-hitter is broken up by a ground-rule double by Pittsburgh Pirates' Cal Mitchell Tuesday, Junie 14, 2022, in St.. Louis.

Cardinals starting pitcher Miles Mikolas watches as his no-hitter is broken up by a ground-rule double by Pittsburgh PiratesCal Mitchell Tuesday, Junie 14, 2022, in St.. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

Mikolas would be removed from the game immediately after the hit for Packy Naughton. Pirates batter Jack Suwinski would ground out three pitches later.

St.. Louis won the game 9-1, picking up their 37th win of the season. Mikolas was a bit bummed about losing the no-hitter so late in the game.

I’m a little over it. I mean it stinks, to get that close and then kind of come up empty-handed,” he told reporters after the game. “That’s a great outing. I’ll be real proud that I gave the bullpen kind of another night off. I know we need it with the doubleheader. I’m happy – but deep down it kind of stinks.

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Bader was inches from making an incredible diving catch to save the no-hitter and win the game. But Mikolas said if the Gold Glove outfielder couldn’t get to it, nobody could.

Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader catches a fly ball hit by Pittsburgh Pirates' Hoy Park during the eighth inning in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Junie 14, 2022, in St.. Louis.

Cardinals center fielder Harrison Bader catches a fly ball hit by Pittsburgh PiratesHoy Park during the eighth inning in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, Junie 14, 2022, in St.. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

If he can’t get it, nobody can – except maybe one of those guys in the stands when they have that like 3-foot glove, maybe that guy,” the pitcher added. “We’re playing shallow so they don’t kind of doink one in. I think that’s what you’re always guarding against is you don’t want to lose it cheap. The guy hit a ball to the track, I’ll give it to him. And it was a good pitch. I’m more OK with that then if the dude bloops a broken-bat bleeder in there somewhere.

Mikolas finished with six strikeouts in the win. He allowed one earned run.

Bader was 1-for-3 in the game with a strikeout.

Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas is congratulated by teammates after being removed during the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Junie 14, 2022, in St.. Louis.

Cardinals pitcher Miles Mikolas is congratulated by teammates after being removed during the ninth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday, Junie 14, 2022, in St.. Louis. (AP Photo/Scott Kane)

It went to the left of my glove, kind of curled back,” hy het gesê. “I was working really hard to try to make up some ground. So ja, just sucks. But it is what it is.

Paul Goldschmidt went 4-for-4 with two home runs and five RBIs in the win. Tommy Edman added a home run as well.

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