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Johan Santana throws first no-hitter in Mets’ history

Jun 1, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

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UPDATE: He did it! Johan Santana has done it. He has thrown the first no-hitter in Mets’ history. Unbelievable.

9:31 PM: Santana has now held the Cardinals hitless through eight innings.

He got Tyler Greene to pop up to Kirk Nieuwenhuis for the first out and struck out Shane Robinson looking before issuing a two-out walk to Rafael Furcal. Mets manager Terry Collins came out to the mound to check his temperature, but he was able to get Carlos Beltran to pop out for the final out of the top of the eighth.

Santana is the first Met since Tom Seaver to complete eight no-hit innings. He’s now at 122 pitches. Any way he doesn’t get a chance to finish this one off?

Matt Holliday, Allen Craig and David Freese are due to bat for the Cardinals in the top of the ninth.

9:15 PM: Santana dropped down a sacrifice bunt in the bottom of the seventh inning, so it appears he will get a chance to pitch the eighth inning.

9:12 PM: The Mets have never had a no-hitter in their history, but Johan Santana is trying to change that.

Santana has held the Cardinals hitless over the first seven innings tonight. The Mets currently lead the ballgame 5-0.

Santana has walked four and stuck out six while throwing 107 pitches. He hasn’t thrown more than 108 pitches (May 5 against the Diamondbacks) since returning from shoulder surgery, so he’ll be going into uncharted territory in order to get a chance to finish this one off.

Santana nearly lost the no-no in the top of the seventh when Yadier Molina lifted a fly ball near the warning track in left field, but Mike Baxter was able to make a tremendous running catch before slamming into the wall. He left the game with an apparent injury to his left arm. If the Mets do this, Baxter will never have to buy a drink in New York for the rest of his life.

There will be some controversy if the Mets finish this one off, as third base umpire Adrian Johnson botched a call on a Carlos Beltran liner in the top of the sixth inning. Beltran hit a would-be double down the third base line, but Johnson called the ball foul. He continued the at-bat and eventually grounded out. The missed call could eventually become a part of franchise lure.

Stay tuned to see if the Mets will make history.

  1. okwhitefalcon - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:18 PM

    There was an imprint on the the chalkline clearly indicating Beltran’s ball being fair with the ump no more than 10 feet away.

    Oh, well – umps sometimes giveth no hitters and taketh perfect games away…

    • okwhitefalcon - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:32 PM

      Ladies and gentlemen, we just witnessed history – the 26th one hitter in Mets history!

      • okwhitefalcon - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        All wisecracking about the blown call aside, congrats to Santana – he’s come back from physical depths of hell.

  2. Mike P. - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    The controversy is that the ball was fair and was called foul. It would have been a 2B down the third base line.

    • D.J. Short - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:25 PM

      Yep, clarified that one further. Thanks.

  3. randygnyc - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    I hope he gets it. He was a class act in Minnesota. Hasn’t changed. After shoulder surgery, he deserves this.

  4. randygnyc - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    Through 8, no hits. 122 pitches. Do they send him out in the 9th? For how many pitches?

  5. okwhitefalcon - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:32 PM

    More bizzarro umping, replay showed Cards outfielder Shane Robinson was hit by a pitch – not called and eventually struck out.

    Looks like all the elements are in place, 3 more outs to go.

  6. salvomania - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    As much as I love a no-hitter, I hope the Cardinals get a hit—another hit, that is—in the 9th, because I hate it when a blown call on a obvious hit gives a pitcher their no-hitter… it’s like everyone knows it was tainted, but “what the hell.”

  7. randygnyc - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Just went to MLB tv and the play is there on the highlights. The ball clearly traveled over the bag and struck the foul line. Definitely a fair ball. Beltran robbed of a hit. We’ll see what the baseball deities decide in the 9th.

  8. okwhitefalcon - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    If the Mets finish off this no hitter, does 3B ump Johnson get “the save”?

  9. hojo20 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    I can’t believe Johan came out for the 9th with 120 pitches. but anyway TWO OUTS TO GO!!!

  10. churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Congrats Johan, and congrats to the Mets (even from this Yankee fan)

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      He’s just the 9th pitcher ever to no-hit the defending World Series champions! And on the anni of Nolan Ryan’s 4th no-no!
      The other 8:
      1917 George Mogridge, New York at Boston, AL, April 24, 2-1 (first no-hitter in Yankees history).
      1941 Lon Warneke, St. Louis at Cincinnati, NL, Aug. 30, 2-0.
      1952 Virgil Trucks, Detroit at New York, AL, Aug. 25, 1-0.
      1956 * Don Larson, N.Y. Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers, WS, Oct. 8, 2-0.
      1968 Gaylord Perry, San Francisco vs St. Louis, NL, Sept. 17, 1-0.
      1973 Jim Bibby, Texas at Oakland, AL, July 30, 6-0 (Rookie; first no-hitter in Rangers history).
      1974 Dick Bosman, Cleveland vs Oakland, AL, July 19, 4-0.
      1990 Nolan Ryan, Texas at Oakland, AL, June 11, 5-0

  11. randygnyc - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Got it. Not as happy after seeing replay. Congrats on a great performance to Johan and Mets fans.

  12. drewmunny - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    No hitter! A Yankees fan here, saying great work! Hell of an outing, congrats!

    • chill1184 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      thanks

  13. eagles7to10 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Yaaawn, still had 5 walks and an obvious hit by Beltran.

  14. natsattack - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Congrats to Johan.

  15. rooney24 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Congrats to Johan! Has always seemed like a class act.

  16. okwhitefalcon - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    3B umpire Adrian Johnson will never have to buy dinner in NYC again.

  17. granted42 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Congrats Mets fans for finally getting your very own No-No!! Great work Johan.

  18. thefalcon123 - Jun 1, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Ohmygodohmygodohmygod! Two fucking weeks ago, I had decided to go to this game…then was informed by my wife that instead we would be having dinner with her cousin since they would be moving out of town that week, so instead I bought tickets for Sunday.

    This is grounds for divorce…right?

    • ikedavisnose - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      Of course it is

    • deadeyedesign23 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:07 PM

      It’s the only reasonable thing to do.

    • badmamainphilliesjamas - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      No, but she’ll owe you big time.

      Two years ago, I planned a Memorial Day weekend trip to Miami with my daughters. Thought we’d see the Phils play the Marlins on Saturday, do some mother-daughter bonding, etc. Daughter the elder decided her other weekend offers were better, so we bagged the trip–and missed Halladay’s perfect game. We may forgive, but forget? No way.

  19. papasadappa - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:05 PM

    Just called my grandfather who has been a Mets fan since 1962 to tell him the news. Told me to “shut up and stop lying” Loe that guy. Lets Go Mets !!!

    • papasadappa - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      *love* stupid sausage fingers

  20. ikedavisnose - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    That was Amazin’

    • offseasonblues - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:20 PM

      First ever for the Mets? Had to read almost all the way through the comments to find that someone beat me to it.

      • ikedavisnose - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:33 PM

        You know after it happened and my heart finaly returned to a normal beat the first three things I thought of were “You Gotta Believe”, Gary”Kid”Carter, and that one great word….. Amazin’

  21. saints97 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Excellent one hitter.

    • ikedavisnose - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:29 PM

      You sir are an Un-likeable person

  22. dannymac17 - Jun 1, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    i wanna give a shout out to the dude who ran on the field to celebrate with the team and then was manhandled by the security. An absolute true fan.

    oh, and the no hitter was okay.

  23. digitaldonnie - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:20 PM

    loved the Mets fan who ran on the field to jump with the team. Classic New Yorker. (dumb adz)

    • ikedavisnose - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      Only a true MetsFan/NewYorker would do something like that………….and that is perfectly fine

    • chill1184 - Jun 2, 2012 at 12:52 AM

      So where do you live sport?

      • ikedavisnose - Jun 2, 2012 at 1:10 AM

        Lawn Guyland, why do you ask

  24. brunnecr - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:37 PM

    We saw nothing tonight other than an umpire missing a call and giving a “hit” to a guy who would have been out.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:40 PM

      Uh oh, someone call the waaaambulance. I saw the last three outs of a no-hitter. What game were you watching?

  25. Baseball Beer Burritos In That Order - Jun 1, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    The missed call could eventually become a part of franchise lure.

    BBB: [reads]
    BBB: [re-reads]
    BBB: [scratches head, packs bowl, smokes bowl]
    BBB: OH, lore.

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