The Mets played 8,020 games before they secured a no-hitter.
The Mets won their first no-hitter in their 50th season
Mike Baxter made an incredible catch to preserve the no-hitter, injuring his shoulder in the process.
The hitter Baxter robbed was Yadier Molina, who hit a two run home run in the top of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the NLCS in 2006. The Cardinals won the game 3-1, knocking the Mets out of the playoffs. The Cardinals went on to win the World Series, beating the Detroit Tigers in five games.
This was the first game Carlos Beltran returned to Queens in a Cardinals uniform. As a Met, Beltran had a chance to beat the Cardinals in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of that NLCS in 2006. The tying runs were on base, with two outs, and Beltran himself representing the winning run. He struck out on a nasty curveball by Adam Wainwright, who started tonight’s game.
In the sixth inning, Carlos Beltran hit a hard line drive down the left field line that appears to have landed on the third base foul line, making it a fair ball and breaking up the no-hitter. The umpire called the ball foul and upon reviewing the replay after the game he refused to comment.
Only two teams in baseball had yet to have a pitcher toss a no-hitter going into tonight’s game. The San Diego Padres are the only team left, 43 seasons without a no-hitter. The Mets had the longest streak of seasons without a no-hitter.
Johan Santana threw 135 pitches, his most ever. Terry Collins told Johan, “you’re my hero” when he came to the mound to see if Santana was able to keep pitching after throwing his 118th pitch in the 8th inning. Collins later became emotional at the press conference following the game discussing what he told Johan, and said “I couldn’t take him out, I couldn’t”
The most pitches Santana had thrown before this was 108.
Santana did not have his best stuff, he struck out just 8 and walked 5 batters.
Johan also tossed the first back to back complete game shut outs for the Mets since 1992, by David Cone.
Johan Santana became the eighth player in MLB history to throw a no-hitter against the defending World Series champions. Last pitcher to do it was Nolan Ryan, against the defending champion Athletics, in 1990.
Johan missed the entire 2011 season with a surgically repaired shoulder. Pretty sure nobody has ever pitched a no-hitter after missing an entire season to injury.
13 ex-Met pitchers threw no-hitters after leaving the Mets, 2 pitched perfect games. Former Met David Cone pitched a perfect game for the Yankees. Philip Humber pitched a perfect game for the White Sox.
The Cardinals have the best offense in the National League, they lead the league in home runs, runs, and batting average.
The last time the Cardinals were no-hit was 1990, by Fernando Valenzuela.
This was only the 13th game where Santana pitched a full 9 innings in 272 career starts.
Josh Thole, who caught Santana’s perfect game, was appearing in his first game since missing nearly an entire month with a concussion.