The reason that people like me love the game of baseball is that it's a game of inches. Near misses. An inch here or there could make the difference between a ball or a strike. A few inches can make the difference between a single or a groundout. And an inch can make the difference when you're trying to throw a no-hitter. St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha, who was born in Iowa City, took a no-no into the top of the 9th inning against the Pirates.

Wacha came up just short. He had to settle for just another win and not baseball history. But this wasn't the first time Wacha had a no-hitter taken away from him. Back in 2013, he took a no-hitter into the 9th against Washington. He was one out away. One out!

Now that hurts. Not just losing a no-hitter in the 9th, but on an infield single! Something tells me that if Wacha keeps pitching like this, he'll have some more chances to close out a moment in baseball history.

 

[via Deadspin]