Mets starter Tylor Megill and four New York relievers threw a combined no-hitter Friday night in a 3-0 win over Philadelphia at Citi Field in Queens.
The five Mets pitchers tossed a whopping 159 pitches to get the job done and secure the Amazins’ second no-hitter in the team’s 60-year history. It was Major League Baseball’s first no-hitter this season, and it came against a potent Phillies offense that had scored 32 runs in its last four games.
Mets closer Edwin Diaz put the finishing touches on the history-making win, striking out the Phillies best three hitters — Bryce Harper, Nick Castellanos and J.T. Realmuto — in order in the ninth inning.
On June 1, 2012, Johann Santana threw the Mets’ first-ever no-hitter, an 8-0 win over St. Louis. The Mets will honor the 10-year anniversary of that achievement on May 31 at Citi Field.
Tonight, Megill went the first five innings, striking out five and walking three batters while making his 23rd major league start.
Drew Smith struck out four and walked one in 1 1/3 innings. He was relieved by Joely Rodríguez, who went one inning. Seth Lugo got the last two outs in the eighth.
Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo made the most notable defensive plays. He had running catches to end the first and second innings, and then slid to snare Jean Segura’s sinking liner to finish the third.
Megill was the fourth pitcher to be pulled after throwing at least five no-hit innings this year. Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was taken out after seven perfect innings, San Diego’s Sean Manaea left after seven no-hit innings and Padres teammate Yu Darvish came out after six no-hit innings.
In addition, six Tampa Bay Rays pitchers combined to carry a no-hitter into the 10th inning of a scoreless game against the Boston Red Sox last Saturday. The Red Sox broke up the no-hitter and scored twice in the top of the 10th but the Rays came back to win 3-2.
The Mets are now 15-6.
Back in 2012, Santana needed 134 pitches to finish off the Mets’ only other no-hitter.
Top image: New York Mets pitcher Tylor Megill reacts after striking out Philadelphia Phillies’ Odubel Herrera to end the top of the fifth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 29, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
With Associated Press reporting.