The right hand of St. Louis Cardinals, Miles Mikolas, failed to hit a hit on target against the Pittsburgh Pirates as Cal Mitchell doubled the lead with two outs in the ninth inning on Tuesday night.
Mitchell made a 2-2 curvy ball just above the head of Harrison Bader, center of the Gold Glove. The ball bounced off the warning line 383 feet from goal and through the center wall for a double touchdown rule.
“The round ball has been pretty good all day today, and maybe I tried to overturn it a little bit,” Mikolas said of the shot in his on-court interview. “I left it a little high. The guy did a really good spin on it. That just kept going.”
The hit came from Mikolas’ 129th court – the most in professional leagues this season and 14 more than his previous career high of May 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was elevated shortly afterwards to Packy Naughton, who closed a 9-1 win over the Pirates in the second game of a duel.
“I’m in the best shape of my life, so that’s not a problem for me. That’s what people who start training all year round,” Mikolas said of topping 100 throws. . “Going far is always the goal.”
After Mitchell’s brace, Mikolas stood on the back of a mound and looked up at the sky as St. Louis stepped out of the cellar to take his place. Mikolas received a standing ovation when he left. He lowered his head but looked up at the crowd as he neared the cantilevered steps, finally wearing a cap.
Marmol said of Mikolas, who has battled injuries throughout his career: “Everybody wanted it to be really bad for him. “There’s a lot of persistence in that story. To see him do what he’s doing this year, it says a lot about his character.”
Mikolas hit out six and went one. Pittsburgh registered an unnamed run in the fourth inning to make it 7-1 when Bryan Reynolds scored on Daniel Vogelbach’s field. Reynolds took the lead at half time and got the second point when left winger Juan Yepez misjudged a balloon for a foul. Reynolds moved up to third place immediately.
Cardinals second horseman Nolan Gorman performed a stop dive in the fourth and an unbalanced throw from the center of the diamond in the sixth to prevent hits that would succeed.
Mikolas made it 1-2-3 with the help of a beautiful Bader catch on the center fence on a Jack Suwinski pass. Pittsburgh also went down in the order of eighth.
“It sucks not to end that. I mean, I don’t have one yet, and I have friends. “But I can’t say enough about our defence. We were everywhere and played great the whole game. I feel like I let them down after all I got.”
The most recent unsuccessful run for the Cardinals was thrown by rookie Bud Smith in a 4–0 win over the San Diego Padres on September 3, 2001. Nearly 21 years later, Mikolas is also in the spotlight for a similar reason. himself, although he does not like the silent treatment he is receiving.
“I don’t like it,” he said. “I always try to talk to everyone during the game. And it’s too bad that nobody wants to talk to me.”
Mikolas is trying to get his third professional league goal this season. Tylor Megill and four New York Mets pain pills teamed up April 29 for a game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Los Angeles Angels rookie Reid Detmers hit a shot against the Tampa Bay Rays on May 10.
St. Louis won with the opening goal day-night with a score of 3-1. The Cardinals have won 3 games in a row, 10 over .500 (37-27) and 2.5 out on the field at National League Central.
“It was a victory in baseball,” said Marmol. “There’s a lot of little things going on but it’s impressive.”
Pittsburgh has lost 9 games in a row.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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