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New York Mets silence Phillies for second no-hiter in 9,588 game history | New York Mets

Tylor Megill and the New York Mets bullpen continued tossing and throwing, the crowd getting louder with each pitch.

A 159-tone gem, that is.

Megill and four bidding releases combined for the first unbeaten player of a Major League Baseball season, teamed up to lead the Mets over the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 Friday night.

“A really fun team moment,” said Mets first baseman Pete Alonso, who hosted. “This is one of my highlights of all time, because, like, how often do you see a hitter? It’s like seeing a white buffalo or a unicorn.”

Megill started and was drawn after five innings and 88 throws. Bullpen took over from there, with Drew Smith, Joely Rodríguez, Seth Lugo and Edwin Díaz completing the second no-hiters in Mets history.

Johan Santana threw his only previous pitcher without a stroke at the Mets on June 1, 2012, when he scored eight and needed 134 shots in an 8–0 win over the St Louis Cardinals. It was the Mets’ 9588th game, including the postseason, since becoming an expansion team in 1962.

Per Baseball-Reference.com, these 159 throws are the most without a bat. Six Houston Astros pitchers threw 151 throws without a bat against the Yankees in 2003.

“Team game,” said Megill.

“I am happy. This is crazy. The first I’ve ever been a part of.”

All the pain relievers before Díaz said they didn’t know they were working on a combination without a beater. Rodríguez said he was receiving treatment in the ninth inning when he realized what had happened.

“Ninth inning, one out, I checked the TV and said ‘What? Zero?’” Rodriguez said as McCann hit Diaz on the podium in the Mets interview room. “I said, ‘Hey, give me five minutes, I have to get out.’”

With 32,416 spectators standing and chanting “Let’s go, Mets,” Díaz finished in style, striking out Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and JT Realmuto in ninth – all swinging.

“You start paying attention to the sixth, seventh innings – you start to hear the crowd getting into it, realizing there’s a chance for something special,” said catcher James McCann.

“Especially with a lot of men. If it’s with one guy, you’re on the same page all night. But trying to be on the same page with so many men, it must be special to be able to share it with so many people,” he said.

The Mets pitchers combined to fan 12 and run six, including Kyle Schwarber three times. He stole second base on fifth – the only time a Phillies player has gone over first.

“We hit some hard balls but that was about it,” said Phillies manager Joe Girardi. “(Megill) threw about 45 throws (43 actually) in the first two innings, looks like we can get him on the ropes. But we never did.”

Mets midfielder Brandon Nimmo made the best defensive play, running to catch Jean Segura’s low pass down the center right to end the third set.

“I didn’t really pay much attention to the (no-hitter) until it was like the sixth inning,” said Nimmo. “I looked back to check the count and the score and where I had to play and I saw a zero next to their team. And I was like, ‘Oh no, all right, we’ll do it.’”

The Mets took to the pitch and swarmed Díaz after the final as a graphic depicting five pitchers with the words “BLACK OUT” on the scoreboard.

It was the 17th no-hiter combination in history and the first since Corbin Burnes of the Milwaukee Brewers and Josh Hader teamed up against Cleveland without a hit on September 11.

A year ago, there was a record nine hitters without a hit in the majors.

Last weekend, six Tampa Bay Rays pitchers combined to make a no-hit bid into the 10th inning of a goalless game against the Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox broke the bat and scored twice in the top 10 but the Rays came back to win 3-2. According to official MLB rules, it doesn’t count as a bat because the Rays pitcher doesn’t end the game without allowing a hit.

This was the first player without a stroke against the Phillies since Josh Beckett scored a goal for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014.

Megill (4-0) scored five and went three in his 23rd major league start.

“(Megill) threw almost 90 throws in five innings, that’s quite a lot,” said Mets captain Buck Showalter, who went without a bat for the first time since Jim Abbott’s gem for the New York Yankees against Cleveland in 1993. others against a very good line of punches too. So much fun to watch.”

Smith got four outs, Rodriguez got three and Lugo recorded the last two outs in the eighth before Díaz took over for his fourth save.

Jeff McNeil hit a two-run single in fifth from Aaron Nola (1-3). Pete Alonso homered with two outs in the sixth.



New York Mets silence Phillies for second no-hiter in 9,588 game history | New York Mets

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