Saturday, June 02, 2012
Happy Happy Recap: Game 52 - Cards at Mets - Santana Make Mets History, First No Hiter in Team History
Citi Field (Flushing, NY)
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W: J. Santana (3-2) L: A. Wainwright (4-6)
HR: STL - None NYM - L. Duda (8)
HR: STL - None NYM - L. Duda (8)
No Hitter Recap:
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 the game.
"(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 to short 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 25 against the Mariners, while Weaver no-hit the Twins May 2.
The left-handed Venezuelan missed the entire 2011 season due to shoulder surgery.
"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 Wright double. Duda's sacrifice fly scored Nieuwenhuis and moved David Wright to third. Daniel Murphy followed with a triple to score Wright.
Friday, December 24, 2010
by Jess Estremera
1. Core Players Stay Healthy With the nagging injury of Jose Reyes's oblique, hamstring and over active thyroid issues, Mets fans didn’t get to see much of our shortstop on a regular game basis. Beltran’s late season arrival sporting a knee brace killed our team’s chemistry along with disrupting our lineup. Which left Wright and rookie Ike Davis to produce in their absences. If they could ALL just stay healthy… 2. Santana Back in the Rotation Earlier Than Expected Without a doubt we need our ace to take the ball every five games. Santana’s a workhorse and can eat up innings giving a rest to the bullpen. With his warrior-like attitude on the mound, the Mets become a baseball tribe ready to defend their turf (or grass) at any cost. 3. A Tougher 2nd Baseman Our current 2nd baseman, Castillo is a hindrance to this team. The only thing he's good for is slap hits to the opposite field. His rally killing weak ground balls are predictable and irritating to watch. He has no power or base stealing capabilities anymore because of bad knees and fragile feet. 4. Sweep Subways Series…. We can do it! There is something about the subway series that brings out the best in the Mets. After beating the Yankees we feel like we can beat any team on any day. This confidence leads to winning streaks. Not to mention New York bragging rights, a sweep of the subway series makes a great gift. 5. Ike Davis All Star The Wright/Reyes All Star dual needs a third wheel and after a great 2010 rookie season I hope to see Ike as a reserve on the National League team in 2011. 6. Pelfrey Wins Cy Young He has immense potential and when he is on and focused, Pelfrey pitches to perfection. This achievement can happen and is possible more than ever this year. The high expectations placed on Pelfrey in Santana’s absence, will cause Big Pelf to elevate his game and his success in 2010 has given him the confidence to do so. 7. Niese Pitches No Hitter Niese pitched a one hitter in June. A no hitter for Niese early in the season would (be great for my fantasy baseball team) put doubts of Mets pitching on a hiatus for a few weeks. 8. 17 Game Winning Streak in September Such a streak would have the Mets barreling over the Cubs, Cardinals, Phillies, and Braves in the last month of the season. Which brings me to my final Mets Christmas Wish …and the most important 9. A Playoff Series Win at Citifield Signed- Orange and Blue