Friday, June 1, 2012

Johan Santana tosses first no hitter in Mets history

Johan Santana? More like No-han Santana, amirite? (*Rimshot. "I'll be here all week."*)

Santana tossed the first no-no in the history of the Metropolitans Friday night in an 8-0 victory over the Cardinals. It took Johan a career-high 134 pitches to complete the task and he was also aided by an incorrect call in the 6th inning.

Carlos Beltran's liner in that inning was ruled foul, but clearly hit the chalk and should have been fair. Hindsight, though, is 20/20. There is always a little bit of luck involved in no hitters and usually a hint of controversy. We're still waiting to see a side angle replay on Philip Humber's check-swing strikeout of Brendan Ryan during his perfecto, after all.

Nonetheless, Johan Santana made history Friday night. As the oft-injured ace of a struggling franchise in the midst of a resurgence, he certainly deserved it.

(Photo courtesy Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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