On This Day in Sports History: Johan Santana No-Hitter
On this day in sports history we travel back six years to the beginning of the summer of 2012. The site: Citi Field-Queens, New York. Home of the New York Mets.
No pitcher in the history of the Mets franchise had ever thrown either a no-hitter or a perfect game. That streak would end on this night when southpaw, Johan Santana toed the rubber for the Mets 8,020th game in their franchises history.
He was facing a fierce St. Louis Cardinals line-up that featured the likes of, former Met Carlos Beltran, Met killer Yadier Molina, World Series hero David Freese, and All-Star Matt Holliday among others.
However, the night would belong to Johan Santana. With the Mets leading 8-0 heading into the top of the ninth and Santana's pitch-count nearing the 130's, Manager Terry Collins decided to let him try to have his moment. It ultimately took 134 pitches to do it but he did it with a 3-2 change-up, swinging strike-out of David Freese to seal the deal.
All in all Santana walked five and struck out eight batters and was sensational but he was never the same after that performance as he secured the first and only no-hitter in New York Mets franchise history.
From a Met fan, thank you Johan Santana for putting it all out on the line, not only on this night but every time you took the mound for us.