The Mets pitched the second no-hit, no-run in franchise history on Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The game, which ended 3-0, meant that New York now reaches an MLB-best 15-6 record, and features pitching contributions from Trevor Megill, Drew Smith, Joely Rodriguez, Seth Lugo, and closer Edwin Diaz.
It was a historic night: the Mets used the black uniforms, the crowd was electric all night, and the pitching staff was absolutely impressive. A two-run single by Jeff McNeil in the fifth inning, and a Pete Alonso solo home run was all the offense New York needed.
“How often do you see a no-hitter?” Alonso said. “It’s like seeing a white buffalo or a unicorn.” Johan Santana owns the other no-hitter in franchise history, in another magical night 10 years ago.
“It’s something that [will] be in history forever,” said Mets catcher James McCann, who caught all nine innings. “Whether it’s one pitcher or five pitchers, it’s a no-hitter. It’s just special.”
A total of 315 no-hitters have occurred in MLB history: only 17 of them have been combined efforts, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. There was certainly something special about this one.
The Mets certainly enjoyed the no-hitter
The black uniforms, the red-hot Mets, and the hope of finally earning a playoff berth and competing for something built an incredible atmosphere at Citi Field.
Everybody in the building was waiting to celebrate, and when Edwin Diaz got the last out via a strikeout, there was a happiness overdose.
“The best way I can describe it is you shake up a soda bottle, and you’re just waiting for the cap to pop off,” Alonso said. “I feel like all of us knew what was going to happen because all of our guys, when they got the ball, they were just lights-out.”
Brandon Nimmo, who made an important catch for the Mets, referred to Santana’s no-no, saying it’s one of the most frequently seen highlights around Citi Field.
“It’s one of the highlights that we see most often here before games, after games, during rain delays they always play that game again,” Nimmo said. “It’s something that you’re like, ‘I’d like to be a part of a game they just play over and over again.’”
He is now part of one of those games.