St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - Cardinal rookie Michael Wacha made his major league debut one to remember Thursday night. But in the end, the outcome wasn't known until Friday morning after the cross state rival Kansas City Royals rallied for a 4-2 victory in a game that ended after 3:00 a.m.
Wacha, just up from the minors, allowed just two hits and a single run in the outing, striking out six batters in seven innings of work. Wacha retired the first thirteen men he faced in the game.
In the ninth inning with Mitchell Boggs on the hill trying to protect a slim 2-1 lead, Royals slugger Jeff Francouer jacked a game tying homer. Things continued downhill from there for the Cardinals.
A walk, a hit batsman, and a two run double doomed the Cardinals and the Royals were on their way to breaking an eight game losing streak.
Then the rain came. And rain it did. It caused a four and a half hour delay.
The Cardinals will have a short night as they'll entertain the World Champion San Francisco Giants this evening at Busch Stadium.