Edwin Diaz dismissed Bryce Harper on five pitches, and then he whispered to Nick Castellanos. Brandon Nimmo, who had one of the game’s best ideas from his position in center field, began imagining a final out. He muttered under his breath, “Strikeout, strikeout, strikeout.”
Pete Alonso watched JT Realmuto dig into the box against the Mets and a tingling sense of excitement overwhelms him. Alonso began to pray: “Please, please, please let it happen.”
The fans’ phones were off, their cameras were on. The players were on top of the dugout railing. The Mets were a far cry from history.
“How often do you see a no-hitter? It’s like seeing a white buffalo or a unicorn,” said Alonso, who described the build-up as shaking a soda bottle and waiting for the cap to pop off .
Diaz offered his three fastest sliders to Realmuto, who first fouled one, then swung and missed the last two. The crowd erupted into a frenzy, Diaz smiled widely, embraced his catcher and the rest of the Mets raced and crowded closely in front of home plate in swaths of black jerseys.
For just the second time in the team’s 60-year history, the Mets enjoyed no-hitting their opponent. But this time it took five hands and 159 pitches to achieve the feat.
Tyler Megill, Drew Smith, Jolie Rodriguez, Seth Lugo and Diaz combined to throw a no-hitter throughout nine innings to calm down a Phillies lineup that came on a hot streak, and resulted in a 3-0 win at Citi Field on Friday night. Megill, Smith, Rodriguez and Lugo all said they didn’t know they were pitching a no-hitter during their outing. Diaz was the only pitcher out of five who knew what he was running in.
“The hard part, I’m facing 3-4-5 hitters, and they’re some of the three best hitters in the league,” said Diaz, who said he relied on pitches that catcher James McCann called. Had been. “I just followed McCann. The bullpen was bad.”
The Mets (15–6) recorded their first no-hitter in 10 years, but Johan Santana still holds the record for being the only pitcher in franchise history to deliver the club’s prodigious no-hitter, as of June 1, 2012. 8-0 win over the Cardinals in one. What Santana did a decade ago is in a league of its own compared to Friday night’s pitching performance. But, surrounded by a rowdy home crowd of over 32,000, the Mets’ 21st game of the season was still worth remembering as the team threw a no-hitter for the first time.
The Phillies (10–11) had accumulated 32 runs in their last four games, all against the Rockies, before Mets pitchers stifled their noise.
“The most impressive part about our team is, if it’s not one guy that’s going to get you, it’s another guy,” said McCann, who on Friday called his second career no-hitter, the first Lucas. Giolitio’s was a no-hitter. August 25, 2020 for the White Sox. “That has been the hallmark of our team at the beginning of this year.”
Megill proved he can go toe-to-toe with some of the best pitchers in the game, as the Mets right-hander duel with Phillies All-Star and Cy Young Award finalist Aaron Nola on Friday. Magill walked away from his outing with a no-hitter through five innings, but Mets manager Buck Showalter clarified the move to pull him off after 88 pitches, if cautious. Megill hasn’t been in the big leagues for a full year yet, and the young right-winger is still building up his workload and innings. Showalter has been careful not to overwork its starters at the start of this season, and Friday night was no different.
Smith, Rodriguez, Lugo and Diaz combined to record the final 12 outs, with the latter accumulating his fourth save of the season. Mets pitchers combined to throw 159 pitches and 12 strikeouts in the win. Later, players described their postgame clubhouse celebration as a “crazy and loud” scene, complete with dancing, jumping, blasting DMX and acting like little kids.
“It takes too many things to get right for a night like tonight,” said Brandon Nimmo, who made the incredible diving catch at the top of the third inning that kept the no-hitter alive.
As far as run support goes: Pete Alonso finally got his pitch, and it was not head held high.
After a turbulent last few days for Alonso, which included being hit by a pitch on his helmet and then being at the center of a bench-clearing brawl, the slugger made a first pitch change from Aaron Nola and it was left field. Sent to the seats in the sixth innings. Alonso’s fourth home run of the season added to the Mets’ lead with a three-run lead. Jeff McNeill’s two-run single in the fifth inning put the Mets on the board.
“What a special night for the team and all our fans,” Mets owner Steve Cohen tweeted. “You don’t see it very often. LGM”
Amazon’s offense played its part in the team’s ninth win in their last 12 matches, with 10 hits and runners cashing in on the scoring position. But the Mets pitching staff were not the first heroes of a long series of games to appear in the club’s NL East division.
The Mets made their 14-game debut on Friday exclusively against NL East teams. After a three-game Phillies series, Amazon will host the Braves at Citi Field for four games, including a doubleheader, on Tuesday. Then the Mets will begin a seven-game, eight-day road trip to Philly and Washington DC on Thursday
“You never know what the game has in store for you,” said Buck Showalter, who on Friday enjoyed his second no-hitter as manager, the first being Jim Abbott’s September 4, 1993 no-hitter for the Yankees. Was.