The Mets and the Phillies have done this before in Flushing. On Father’s Day 1964, from Philadelphia, Jim Banning He took the perfect game Against the Mets at Shea Stadium. Bunning only needed 90 pitches in an effort to memorialize now in Cooperstown, New York, on his Hall of Fame board.
If Bunning was a museum masterpiece, Friday was better suited to the refrigerator door. Both are artwork. Only one less perfect.
It took five pitchers from the Mets and 159 pitches in total for the Phillies to win on Friday 3-0 in Citifield. The starter, Taylor Miguel, was pulled after 88 throws and five runs. The Bullpup relay of Drew Smith, Julie Rodriguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Diaz finished it off, as shooters came together to release six tracks along the way.
She was added to the first player not to hit the major tournaments this season, 17th ever with more than one bowler and first with five bowlers specifically. The 159 pitches are the most for non-batting since at least 1988, when pitch calculation data became widely available.
Smith, Rodriguez and Lugo said they weren’t aware of the non-hitter until the ninth inning. Sitting with them at their post-match press conference, Diaz was suspicious: “So nobody knows but me?” He said.
By the last three finals, of course, everyone knew. As far as the box results sound, Diaz ended the evening with a streak of domination, as three stars – Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and JT Realmoto – hit hard, snappy sleds.
Players storm the field, attack Diaz, and bathe each other with sunflower seeds. The win raised the Mets’ record to 15-6, the best in the majors. They haven’t lost a streak yet.
“The most impressive part of our team is, if it’s not one guy who’s going to understand you, it’s another guy,” said catcher James McCann. “And that’s kind of what you see tonight – guys picking each other off the pen, putting more zeros in multiple columns. That was kind of our team identity early in the year. It was a whole team effort.”
Megill is now 4-0 with an average earned run of 1.93, numbers befitting Jacob deGrom, the injured ace he replaced in the rotation. Miguel said he’s never been part of a no-hitter at any level, and quarterback Brandon Nemo – who dived to catch a sunken liner by Jean Segura in the third – neither did he.
It was McCann, in 2020, when he was arrested Lucas Giolito Complete Non-Knockout Game For the Chicago White Sox. But McCann noted that this game was played without fans due to the restrictions of the pandemic. The Mets sold 32,416 tickets for Friday’s game, and McCann made noise adjustments.
When Diaz reached the hill at nine, McCann told him he would use the traditional signs – with fingers, that is, instead of the new sign. PitchCom . Systemwhich sends the signals audibly, through a receiver in the lid of the jug.
“It’s going to be loud,” warned McCann Diaz, who was eager to wipe out the hitters with the slider.
“He was really good today,” said Diaz, who has scored 17 attacks in 10 runs this season. “On the playing field, it was bad. I knew he was going to call the slider a lot because I had the heart of it.”
Lugo, who had the last two blocks of eighth, was relegated to the weight room in the ninth inning. As Diaz prepared, Lugo remarked on the Mets radio – he was called by Gary Cohen, who was celebrating his 64th birthday – that the Velez family had no success.
“Drew, say nothing, but look,” Lugo said to Smith. “We need to get out.”
So they crowded into the dugout with teammates, including Pete Alonso, who had made it to the sixth inning but was turned away to defend in the ninth. Alonso said the bunker felt like a soda can, shook but still covered and ready to explode. Alonso said the closest he’s ever encountered is watching the highlights on TV.
“You get this, like, feeling very excited,” he said. “You’re like, I hope this is, I hope a broken duck fart doesn’t hit someone’s head or anything. You just pray, like, please, please, please let this happen.”
For decades, these prayers for the Mets went unanswered. It took them until season 51, in 2012, to get First no hitter them — By Johan Santana, also on a Friday at Citifield. Santana made 134 throws, including one that was stung by St. Louis Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran. It landed in a fair area but labeled as foul, resulting in the Santana gem being preserved.
After several near misses—including two shows from Tom Seaver that were separated in the ninth inning—the Mets may have deserved a Kony break. But the footer was worrisome for Santana, who started only 10 times in the majors, with an 8.27 ERA, before a shoulder problem ended his career.
The Mets are not risking any chance with Miguel, who has been in 23 major league games and has yet to throw 100 pitches. Manager Buck Showalter said they needed to use Rodriguez and Lugo, because neither of them cheated in a while. These shooters did their job, and Smith and Diaz were simply overwhelming, cheering seven of the eight hits they encountered.
It’s too early to say, for sure, that things are finally breaking the Mets’ way. But the team played 9,507 matches in its history, and Friday’s match was only the second. Although not perfect, the achievement was something that players and fans – and broadcasters who turned 64 – will remember as they grow up, losing their hair, many years from now.
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