Friday, June 1, 2012

8020th Is A Charm! Johan Pitches Mets First No-No!

I remember back in 1994 when the Rangers defeated the Vancouver Canucks in game 7 to capture their first Stanley Cup Championship in 54 years, a fan held a sign that read, "Now I Can Die In Peace."

Mets fans, this might be our sentiment tonight too.

Johan Santana became the first Mets pitcher to throw a no hitter; The bulldog lefty battled through some control issue (5 walks) to stymie the Red Birds.

Santana was also helped out by a missed call by third base umpire Adrian Johnson who incorrectly called Carlos Beltran's liner down the third base line foul. On replay it showed the ball actually kicked on the lime just past third base. Was nice to see a call go the Mets way.

Mike Baxter also made a nice catch in left field. Baxter hung onto Yadier Molina's fly ball, and was then removed from the game holding his left forearm.

Santana ended his gem by striking out David Freese on a 3-2 count; his teammates mobbed him as Santana pumped his left fist as Thole and others ran to the mound.

Other key points to this game was Lucas Duda's 4 RBI's - three of which came on a three run bomb en-route to the Mets 8-0 victory.

After 40 years of fandom, Now I can die in peace!

Source: CBS Sportsline

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