There is just something really different about this Mets team; dare we say, even magical.
For the second time in franchise history, the New York Mets pitched a no-hitter. Some 10-years after Johan Santana became the only starting pitcher in Mets history to start and finish a no-hitter, Mets fans witnessed five pitches combine for one on Friday night against the Philadelphia Phillies.
The final out of the second no-hitter in Mets history: pic.twitter.com/Uxxoe7SyI3— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 30, 2022
Tyler Megill, Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo, and Edwin Diaz will now be joined at the hip for all time after tossing one of the most memorable games in Mets history.
And to think it was not even close to being easy. Not against a Philadelphia team that had whipped the floor with the Colorado Rockies.
The Mets needed 159 pitches to get through it all, the most ever thrown for a no-hitter. The previous mark was owned by the Houston Astros who tossed 151 pitches in a combined no-no of the New York Yankees back in 2003 when Houston was still a National League team.
Mets pitchers walked six batters, and found themselves in nine full counts. In fact the Phillies even had two runners in scoring position when it was all said and done.
Yet, the Mets found a away.
Bryce Harper struck out once; Nick Castellanos struck out three times; J.T. Realmuto struck out three times. Kyle Schwarber drew three walks.
It was an impressive display.
Amazingly Megill, who started the game, kept the no-hitter going even though he was pitching in a scoreless game for a better part of his start.
The Mets didn’t even score until Jeff McNeil drove in Eduardo Escobar and Matt Canha on a two-run single in the fifth. Pete Alonso put the exclamation point with a solo home run in the sixth.
Edwin Diaz closed it out striking out Harper, Castellanos and Realmuto in succession to nail down the no-hit save.
The celebration went deep into the night.