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Michael Wacha’s Near-No-Hitter Sends NLDS Back to St. Louis

Michael Wacha’s Near-No-Hitter Sends NLDS Back to St. Louis

Michael Wacha pitched a gem today against the Pirates. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Toss 22-year-old Michael Wacha onto a pitcher's mound where he has to keep the Cardinals' season from ending. Add 40,000 screaming fans who want nothing more but to see him fail, and tauntingly sing his name from the first pitch.

Nervous?

"I kind of like it," Wacha said. "It kind of gives me adrenaline. I kind of use it in my favor."

St. Louis' starter retired the first 15 Pirates hitters he faced, six via strikeouts. He took a perfect game bid into the 6th inning and a no-hit bid into the 8th, the first rookie pitcher to ever do so in the postseason. And oh yeah, he kept the Cards alive for an NLDS-deciding Game 5 at Busch Stadium.

"I don't know if you can put a kid in a tougher spot," St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. "The place was loud. My ears are still ringing. The kid stayed the course."
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