June 1, 2012: Santana Pitches Mets' First No-Hitter

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Date: June 1, 2012
Mets starter: Johan Santana
Mets: 8
Cardinals: 0
Winning pitcher: Johan Santana
Key player(s): Johan Santana, Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda
Key play: Murphy’s triple and single, Duda’s home run, Santana’s strikeout of Freese

The Mets faced the Cardinals on a Friday night at Citi Field. The teams played the opener of a weekend series. Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in Mets history in the team’s 8-0 win over St. Louis.

Santana and the Cards’ Adam Wainwright each hurled scoreless and hitless ball from the first inning to the third. The pitchers walked a combined three batters and recorded a total of seven strikeouts. In the top of the fourth, Santana retired three straight Redbird hitters after a leadoff walk to Matt Holliday. Kirk Nieuwenhuis began the bottom of the inning with an infield single. An ensuing double by David Wright advanced Nieuwenhuis to third base. Kirk scored on a sacrifice fly by Lucas Duda for the first run of the game. Daniel Murphy hit a triple to score Wright and increase the Mets’ lead to 2-0. Wainwright then got Ike Davis and Josh Thole on consecutive ground outs to end the inning.

Following a scoreless and hitless fifth, Santana pitched a perfect top of the sixth. Nieuwenhuis singled to open the bottom half. Wright drew a walk and Duda hit a three-run homer for a 5-0 Mets lead. Murphy grounded out back to Wainwright and a strikeout of Davis followed. Thole flied out to center fielder Carlos Beltran to end the inning. Santana then set down the side in order in the top of the seventh.

Omar Quintanilla got an infield single to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Santana’s sacrifice bunt moved Quintanilla to third base and Andres Torres drew a walk. Cardinals’ reliever Sam Freeman issued a walk to Nieuwenhuis to load the bases and Wright drew a walk to force home Quintanilla. Duda was struck out and Murphy singled to drive home Torres and Nieuwenhuis with the Mets’ seventh and eighth runs. Freeman then retired Davis on an inning-ending ground ball to third baseman David Freese.

Santana set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the eighth. St. Louis’s Maikel Cleto limited the Mets to a single by Quintanilla in a scoreless bottom half. Holliday lined out to center fielder Torres to start the top of the ninth inning. Allen Craig was retired on a line drive to left fielder Nieuwenhuis. Santana then struck out Freese to end the game. Johan had become the first Mets pitcher in their 51-season history to throw a no-hitter.