National League Game Summary - St. Louis at New York|
(Friday, June 1st)
Final Score: New York 8, St. Louis 0
Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in
Mets history Friday night as New York blanked the St. Louis Cardinals, 8-0.
Santana struck out eight and walked five en route to the 275th no-hitter in
Major League Baseball history.
The no-no came in the 8,020th game for the Mets, who have been on the
other side of a no-hitter six times in their 51 seasons.
Santana's bid for his first career no-hitter almost came to an end in
the seventh, when Yadier Molina stroked a deep liner to left. Mike Baxter
made an incredible catch as he violently crashed into the outfield wall to
preserve the feat. Baxter appeared to injure his shoulder on the play and left
"(Baxter's catch) was amazing. When Yadier (Molina) hit the ball I just saw
Baxter running back to the warning track," Santana said. "When he made that
catch I didn't even know it was in his glove. It was great, it was amazing.
Unfortunately he had to come out of the game, but at the same time it saved us
big time and it was the key."
The no-hitter, however, would not come without controversy.
In the sixth, former Met Carlos Beltran ripped a line drive, which clearly
hit the third base line chalk on replay. It was called foul by third base
umpire Adrian Johnson.
"I'm the shortest guy on the field on the lowest part of the field and I
couldn't see anything," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I was looking up
and I couldn't tell if it was fair or foul."
Beltran ended up grounding out before Santana retired the side.
Santana (3-2) became the third pitcher this season to throw a no-hitter,
joining Philip Humber of the White Sox and Jered Weaver of the Angels. Humber
threw a perfect game April 21 against the Mariners, while Weaver no-hit the
Twins May 2.
The left-handed Venezuelan missed the entire 2011 season due to shoulder
surgery. He was expected to be on a pitch count of about 115, but wound up
"I knew how the Mets never had a no hitter, and I never had one so this is
very special," Santana said. "We worked very hard with all the things that we
have been through and I have been through so this is very, very special and I
know this means a lot to New York."
The last time the Cardinals were no-hit came June 29, 1990 when the Dodgers'
Fernando Valenzuela accomplished the feat.
Lucas Duda homered and knocked in four while Kirk Nieuwenhuis had two hits and
scored three times for New York, winners in five of its last seven.
Adam Wainwright (4-6) took the loss after giving up seven runs on six hits
over 6 1/3 frames.
"I felt great tonight. I was locating and my stuff was pretty sharp. It was
probably to oddest seven runs I've ever given up," said Wainwright.
The Mets pushed a pair across in the fourth to go up 2-0. Nieuwenhuis beat out
an infield hit, then moved to third on a David Wright double. Duda's sacrifice
fly scored Nieuwenhuis and moved Wright to third. Daniel Murphy followed with
a triple to score Wright.
New York added three more in the sixth to go ahead 5-0 when Duda roped a
three-run homer to right. Nieuwenhuis singled and Wright walked to set the
table for Duda's eighth homer of the year.
The Mets were able to add three in the seventh to go up 8-0. With the bases
loaded, Wright drew a walk that plated Omar Quintanilla and Murphy followed
with a single to score Andres Torres and Nieuwenhuis.
New York activated catcher Josh Thole from the 15-day disabled list Friday
and optioned catcher Rob Johnson to Triple-A Buffalo...It was Beltran's first
visit back to Citi Field since he was dealt to the San Francisco Giants last
season...Beltran is one stolen base shy of becoming the eighth member of the
300 homer 300 stolen base club. He played center field for the first time
since 2010...San Diego is now the lone team in the majors without a no-hitter.
06/02 01:37:02 ET