Michael Wacha, son of Tom and Karen Wacha and grandson of Nevada residents Gary and Mary Lynn Siefken, is making baseball headlines again.
The Journal ran a feature story this summer about Wacha’s Major League debut for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Kansas City Royals and his proud Nevada grandparents. Since that time, the Siefkens have enjoyed watching a tremendous fall for their grandson. Wacha, a pitcher, has appeared in 15 games and his efforts helped propel the Cardinals into the World Series.
Wacha made his first Major League playoff appearance on Oct. 7 against the Pittsburgh Pirates. It gave him back-to-back one-hit games that he threw for the Cardinals. He then started Game 2 of the National League Championship Series and the Cardinals won, 1-0, over the Los Angeles Dodgers. In just the 11th total start of his MLB career, Wacha joined Bob Gibson as the only pitchers in franchise history to strike out at least eight batters while yielding one or no runs in consecutive postseason starts.
Wacha pitched again in Game 6, winning 9-0 over the Dodgers and sending the Cardinals to the World Series.
He was named the postseason NLCS Most Valuable Player (MVP), becoming the fourth rookie to win a postseason MVP award.